So day 1, we went over a LOT. First off was deadlifts, and I managed to finally pull my fucking 100kg PR I’ve been waiting forever for!! Many thanks to Karla for pushing me to get it otherwise I would have given up after the first time, where Brandon tried to get me to pull it with straps and it simply wouldn’t budge off the floor. So if it wasn’t for little miss attitude “you can fucking do it, you’re fucking doing it” I wouldn’t have got it hahaha
After that I think were continental cleans with the axles, and log cleans and presses.
These two are fucking bitches and a lot harder than they look.
Continentals are so clumsy, and after watching B and Talia do them so efficiently you think you’d have some ability to get it to look somewhat nice? Wrong. Wrong. So fucking wrong. Those things are hard and sloppy but that’s what makes them enjoyable I guess lol.
The log is an even bigger mother fucker. That thing weighs 42kg and is friggen HUGE. It looks easy when you see it done but it seriously is not boys and girls. It took me a fair few goes to be even able to clean it up, and I got very close to putting it overhead but I simply could not lock it out. Karla has mean bruises from this bitch.
Then we went over squats, power snatches - which I really just cannot fucking do, massive fucking fail - and power cleans. I tried for months to teach myself the clean and failed, but I finally managed to get a hang of the proper movement (somewhat :p) thanks to guidance from Marshall.
Was that it? I think that was it. Went to woolies and got a bunch of food and munched it down, then went out to dinner with Karla, B, Marshall and 2 other powerlifters from the seminar and since I had been sick on antibiotics for the whole past week and hadn’t eaten a proper meal, my chicken schnitz parm blew me up like a mother fucker. I couldn’t finish but Karla managed to leave even more of her dinner than I did so thanks for making me look good Karla LOL
The next morning was fucking brutal. I didn’t get to sleep until very early hours of Sunday morning because I was up pooing lol, my digestive system’s first big, proper meal to process since I got sick. When I did get to sleep it was broken and crappy, and I woke up early Sunday morning feeling absolutely exhausted, and sore in ways in which I have NEVER been sore before. I felt absolutely fucking destroyed. My BICEPS - I have had slight DOMS in my bi’s before, but NEVER like this. I couldn’t even flex my bi’s, it hurt to move my arms. Those fucking logs and continentals are no joke bro.
Day 2 involved actual strongman medleys, which was yokes, farmer’s carries and atlas stone loading. Yokes was first and I managed to be a bit shorter than everyone else so the yoke was actually set a bit too high for me. So B told me to wait till the end and then idk what happened and I just didn’t end up getting to fucking yoke lol :(
Farmer’s carries were good, I love farmer’s walking and it was good to be able to do them with the proper handles instead of dumbbells or plates. The hardest part of the lift was the pull off the floor, and after how brutally destroyed I was plus my 100kg the day prior I called it quits after 57.5kg each hand. I tried 67.5kg but my back wasn’t having any of that. Marshall complimented my ‘strong walk’ ;)
Atlas stones were last and I didn’t participate because during demonstration, Marshall emphasised on how atlas stone loading was one of the biggest causes of bicep tears in the sport. So I freaked out lol. To give you some perspective on how fucked up my bi’s were, they would cramp up and spasm if I lifted a 10kg plate off the floor. And since the lightest stone was 35kg, and I could barely handle a 10kg plate, I decided to play it safe and sit that one out. Which was shit. lol
Garry fucking killed it. His deadlifting speed has increased drastically and 220kg came off the floor easy for him. He had a gnarly bruise on his solar plexus from the continentals, but like me he simply could not fucking snatch hahaha. With cleans, Garry loves to muscle it up. He basically does a reverse curl. But he made SOME progress on proper movement while we were there haha.
With squats he absolutely loves his low bar, I’m not sure how the bar doesn’t slide off his back he sits it so low! But he actually really enjoyed high bar and did an easy 150kg with a current PR of 160kg so he’s considering converting now lol. His yoke and farmer’s were awesome to watch. He’s a tiny lil thing and managed to yoke 265kg, farmer’s 117.5kg each side. I thought his head was going to pop off lol.
At the end we discussed programming and honestly they provided some real valuable insight into how we should be training. I now realise that I’ve actually been training quite dumb and Garry and I are both planning on purchasing programs from Brandon. After seeing those guys in action in real life and actually hearing them talk and their explanations, everything they say just kind of makes sense. They’re real smart guys and they really do know what they’re talking about, and after this seminar I have an even bigger respect for them and what they have to say than I did before. Which is a lot, because most of you know I’m a big follower of LBEB. They even managed to show Garry the light which is a massive feat cos he is the biggest stubborn prideful dick ever in existence.
We were miring hard too, they had a quick lifting sesh after day 1 which was fucking awesome cos they are both strong as FUCK. And if you take a look at the photo I posted last night, they are both HUGE. Made Garry look like a little child haha. Absolute monsters. Actually, after dinner when we were leaving and were walking through the pub, every male’s face in that place basically dropped looking up at Brandon, Marshall and another powerlifter who was basically almost as big as them walking through. Even the security guard’s - who was a pretty big guy himself - his face was just, “oh fuck, these cunts had better not cause any fucking trouble cos I’m screwed”. It was hilarious.
But yeah, seriously. Fucking AWESOME weekend, loved the seminar and loved spending time with the company too, Karla, the boys and others. Was definitely 100% worth the money and the trip and I highly, highly suggest anyone to attend if they make any visits to a place anywhere near your area. I’d do it again. I gained a lot of perspective and insight which I really needed, and I really think this weekend is going to benefit me in a massive, massive way in regards to future progress.