As you probably already know our very own Simon Johnston set off yesterday to compete in the Arnold Classic Amateur strongman competition (Keep checking back for updates). The fact Simon was able to get there was down to some very generous people who donated some of there hard earned cash after Simon’s initial sponsor fell through.
We would like to say a big thanks to the following people who helped Simon raise a total of £1.3K to get to the USA.
- Alan Mahoney
- Aled Shearn
- amy brothwood
- Andrew Guyott
- andrew lawson
- Ben Brunning
- Big Style Fashions Limited
- Bill Moors
- Chris Field
- Chris Redgers
- Chris Redgers
- claire mccaw
- David Edwards
- Gary Dyson
- Guy Murray
- Hanne Bingle
- JANE RAY
- Jennifer McGivern
- Jessica Radcliffe
- John Hancock
- Joseph Gorton
- Kelvin Gardner
- kevin boulton
- lisa dixon
- lorraine harris
- mathew spence
- mathew spence
- maximilian semple
- Michael Themistokleous
- Oliver Klander
- Paul Lee
- paul skelly
- Peter Hughes
- Richard Davison
- Richard Foster
- richard vaudin
- samc martin
- Scott Maw
- scott rowley
- sharon mccaffrey
- Shaun Mccormack
- Stuart Warren
- Teri Stueck
- Thomas Kelly
- Warren Jones
- William Oliver
- William Sanderson
- william spence
Thank you for you kind generosity.
For more details on the Arnold Classic http://www.arnoldsportsfestival.com/schedule-of-events/
Co-founder of this site Simon Johnston has a place at the Arnold’s strongman competition in the USA but his sponsor has fallen through, can you or your company help fund his trip and get some worldwide positive press at the same time?
If you can help get in touch with Simon firstname.lastname@example.org
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On the 4th of February we have another exclusive! We the seven time World’s Strongest Man finalist Terry Hollands on the forum as the latest strongman we’ve lined up to answer you’re questions. Terry will from with us from 8 PM so mark it down in your diary as one not to miss.
The two times UK’s strongest man Ed ‘The Machine’ Hall flies the flag for Britain in tonight’s Worlds Strongest Man. In Eds group is Mike Jenkins, the giant Thor Bjornsson, Akos Nagy, Nick best and Seb Kurek. Tune in tonight at 8 to see if Ed can be the Brit to qualify for the final.
If you missed last Mondays show of UK’s Strongest Man on TV don’t worry it’s repeated again tonight from 7pm on Challenge TV (Sky: Ch 125, Freeview: Ch 46, Virgin: Ch 139)
If your Facebook wall or twitter feed is anything like mine you will be inundated with pictures of peoples food, how much they’ve eaten, how many calories they’ve consumed in a day – ’10,000 calories today. I’m bulking’. I had a client in yesterday for a consultation, a male; well to be honest with you this is pretty much how all my consults go with your ‘Typical Get Hench Male’:
Joe Bloggs: I really want to bulk up for a couple of months and then rip down for my summer holidays.
ME: Bulk up ? Are you serious, we’ve just taken your measurements. You’re at 22% BF, your abdominal reading indicates serious insulin resistance issues, you have blood sugar management problems and to top it all off you have a B Cup. You need to drop weight first
Joe Bloggs: Did you just say that ?
Me: Yes, would you like me to repeat it. You haven’t come here for me to lie to you or sugar coat things, you have come here for me to tell you what we need to do to reach your goal, Yes ?
Joe Bloggs: Yes
Me: OK then, listen up. The only thing you need to worry about at the moment is dropping body fat. We will be able to build lean muscle tissue at the same time, but you will drop weight. Let me ask you a couple of questions: Are you single?
Joe Bloggs: Yes
Me: So when you go out with the lads, how many times have you started up a conversation with a lady and they have asked you ‘How much do you weigh?’; ‘How much do you bench Press ?’
Joe Bloggs: Never (Smiling)
Me: Exactly. These are male obsessions. When a bodybuilder walks on stage the judges do not care what he weighs or how much he can curl, they are interested in what they can see.
Joe Bloggs: OK.
Me: So back on point now. You are insulin resistant A high insulin load can increase the activity of an enzyme called aromatase, which basically converts androgens into estrogens. The more estrogenic you become the more you begin to look like a woman, hence the onset of man boobs.
Not only that, but if insulin cannot drive glucose into your muscle cells it will store it in your fat cells, which is what is happening to you right now.
Joe Bloggs: OK. What do you recommend?
And off we go. I cannot stress how many times this happens. I cannot also stress the amount of absolute BS I hear on a daily basis in the gym, regarding diet. All calories count but not all calories are equal: is 200 calories from a portion of fries the same as 200 calories from brown rice ? No of course not. Exactly the same with macros: is a portion of KFC finest chicken breast have the same amount and quality of protein in as a free range, organic, grill cooked chicken breast ? Hell no!
People genuinely need to stop using the phrase ‘Bulking’ as a buy for them to be able to eat as much junk food as they want and feed their carbohydrate and fast food addictions. So I’m now going to give you my list of ‘don’ts’ for ‘GAINING MASS’.
Besides the obvious health problems associated with adding excess fat, bulking up is a really bad approach to trying to achieve your physique or athletic fitness goals. Here are some reasons why:
1. Bulking-up diet programs won’t produce any more muscle growth than ingesting an ideal amount of nutrients. It’s simply not possible to force additional muscle growth by overfeeding.
2. Bulking up develops insulin resistance, which makes it harder in the long run to gain muscle. What happens when you bulk up is that carbohydrates will go preferentially to fat stores, not to muscle tissue.
3. Bulking up will make it harder for you to get leaner because insulin resistance is hard to reverse. The fatter you get, the harder it becomes to get lean.
4. Getting fatter will ramp down the effectiveness of your thyroid hormone production – not a good thing, because thyroid production is essential for fat loss. The fatter your abdominal wall becomes, the less conversion there will be of T4 to T3, the metabolically active form of thyroid.
5. The lower your percentage of body fat, the better your body becomes at nutrient partitioning. This means individuals with low body fat are more effective at storing the ingested nutrients in the muscle (as muscle tissue or glycogen) or in the liver (as glycogen) and less effective at storing nutrients as body fat. To put it in simpler terms, leaner individuals can eat more nutrients without gaining fat.
6. Not all calories are created equally!!!!!!!
This years World’s Strongest Man 2012 took place in Los Angeles, California. The competition had quite a few new names this year with Britain’s strongest Man U105kg Graham Hicks, England and Ireland’s strongest men Chris Gearing and James Fennelly getting the call up along with two times UK strongest man Eddie Hall. Notable absentees this year were Britain’s strongest man Laurence Shahlaei and the Texas stone man Travis Ortmayer who were both out through injury.
To find out how they all did tune in to channel 5 on the 27th December at 8pm - Worlds Strongest Man 2012.
Glenn Ross – Q&A
On Monday night from 8 o’clock the legend five times UK’s strongest man the daddy Glenn Ross will be online for an hour for a question and answer session an amazing opportunity for you to find out about Glenn’s training and experiences in his time in strength sports