Part three of the @gazpin_69kg interview has now been uploaded to YouTube! In this part Gareth talks about how he struggled for motivation post 2012 and the reasoning behind dropping back down to the 62kg bodyweight class. I hope you enjoy watching as much as I enjoyed conducting the interview. ***Link in bio***
“As a self-proclaimed fitness enthusiast, I have bounced around a number of fitness studios and have tried everything from barre to Crossfit. After a few years on the boutique fitness scene, I decided I wanted to find a personal trainer to hone in on my weakness and to focus on strength training, specifically Olympic Lifting.
As a novice, @strengthflask broke down the technical aspects of each lift – every part of the move, the physics behind the movement of the weight, and the human mechanics involved. Each time I performed the lift, you can tell AF is taking note of every detail. He provides immediate feedback (e.g. minor technique tweaks) and will not hesitate to take a step back to look at the bigger picture to find and address the root of a problem (e.g., why are my glutes never engaging!?). This holistic program has allowed me to achieve even movements by ironing out my strength imbalances along the way. Above all, AF’s programming focuses on the integrity of each movement, which has allowed me to make safe and efficient progress. Flask Strength & Conditioning is a refreshing change on the fitness scene, which is filled with gyms asking clients to go as heavy, as fast, and as long as possible, which ultimately can limit an athlete’s progress. The focus here is results, and that is what you get with Flask Strength.”
Love hearing things like this!! One of my clients that I trained for 2 years, that went from playing football with Everton to Man City, to being called up to train in the England camp is just class!
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I figured out what motivates me.
Rewards? Wrong. Notoriety? Not really. Mo’ money? Meh.
Normally bouldering (rock climbing to a low height without ropes) problems (think routes) are numbered with a grade of difficulty on the V scale. They start at V0 and go up to V17. The gym I go to started a circuit style of grading where specific bouldering problems are within a range of 3 grades. So a problem could be a V3 to a V5, for example, but it’s left slightly ambiguous.
I currently am at a V3 bouldering level. So, naturally, I went for the V3 to V5 circuit 😈. And naturally I struggled with the first problem I did on that circuit 👿. I tried it over and over and knew I couldn’t complete it but I at least wanted to get both hands on this one hold. Both hands. One✋🏻. Two🤚🏻.
Before my final attempt I had the thought: this is definitely a V5 and out of your range. Suddenly I felt an inner drive and exhilaration to attack it! Then something crucial happened. A song by 311 was playing and there was this very peaceful and calming part that brought feelings of beauty and serenity. It calmed me and gave me a sense of purpose for that single attempt.
And I nailed it.
So, what motivates me? Really tough and almost impossible challenges, especially ones that I’m not “supposed” to be able to do. It lets me be rebellious and go into a challenge with a chip on my shoulder in a positive way. But the key ingredient is having a sense of beauty to calm me during execution. I guess I should change my IG handle to AngryArtist or something 👨🏻🎤
Do y’all have the same motivators or something completely different?
A great cause... @krissymaecagney and the @doughnutsanddeadlifts as well as @blackirongymnv are people and brands we use as role models. They set the standard and are constantly raising the bar. There’s tons of stuff marked down already as well (seriously I scored their warm up hoodie for $20) so please go check them out. Donate to a good cause. Help others who need it. And get some sweet swag. -
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Being humbled is the best motivation you can have.
Knowing you can’t just show up expecting to be the best and knowing you have to work hard, grind day in day out is the best way of being a better you and when you do win You know you have earned it 👌🏻 #teamMRfitness
Working on some 🚀🚀🚀 Power Today🚀🚀🚀
🤓Shown is an isometric calf contraction into an eccentric overload Jump for some potentiation. 🤦🏼♂️Similar to Johnny Drama my calves have always been my weakest link and hold me back from life goals-I have strong enough legs that I should be able to jump higher than I can-I don’t think my Achilles’ tendon is as stiff as it needs to be-mostly as a result of running 2 marathons-it’s more efficient at stretching and slowly developing force instead of being a stiff spring which is what it needs to be. Think of what happens to a thin rubber band versus a thick one when you stretch them-the thicker one is more resistant to the same amount of stretch. Stiffer tendons are able to recoil and produce much higher velocities than their thinner counterparts. If you’re a team sport athlete, be the stiff spring. 🏋🏼♀️Second is the complex training workout I did today. Using barbells is an advanced protocol-unless you have a decent amount of training experience under your belt, I would recommend sticking to bodyweight, trx, and dumbbell complexes to ensure safety and a proper training effect. This was hard as hell! Thanks for the programming @strengthfaction
CONFIRMED!!! HERE WE GO! THE CHAMP IS BACK! @sam_utter1out of @crossfitmurray & @masheliteperformance is coming back to defend the Teen title against a growing division of heavy hitters.
This will be a fun one to watch!
I messed up my left shoulder back in December and haven’t been able to put much over head. But damnit if my technique hasn’t gotten better these past couple of weeks transitioning back into my routine. I’ll be honest, between my injury, the stress of grad school auditions, and my work schedule, I haven’t been particularly motivated behind the bar.. but that’s ok. We don’t love the things we do 💯 % of the time. What matters is jumping back on the bandwagon. Getting back on all of my grinds this week and feeling UH-MAy-ZING @aysesukola #olympicweightlifting#olympiclifting#olylifting#snatch#comebackking
Well well well what do we have here
A basement gym with some pretty sweet gear
I see bars from Rogue and the Westside boys
Can you ever really have enough gym toys?
There’s a combo bar and a rickshaw I see
@edgefitsystems makes great stuff, would you agree?
I count a lot plates from @betitanfit
Invite your friends and we can get those gains lit
Iron master DBs round out this sick gym
Before you know it it’ll be filled to the brim
Cheers @brolic.strength, keep up the great work
Speaking of, I better get back to work...