… and i just thought i’d share the experience.
It was my first competition (push/pull only), albeit a casual promo type thing (new gym opening in the area, friend of a friend etc). We got a squat lesson, no one volunteered so i was straight in there getting form tips from the legend himself
I picked his brains on the following:
-his diet (lol)
-grip training (my weakest link, see “race to 600 thread” for pic and other shit).
(before i go on, i have to say, what a nice fucking chap, there was another “big name” from strongman present and he didnt vibe well, was obvious he didnt wanna be there lol)
Monday: Bench (4 hrs, JUST bench, bands, chains, planks etc) (heavy)
Weds: Squat/Deads (heavy)
Thurs: All the other shit: hamstrings, side laterals (“3 sets of 20, just to get the blood flowing”), abs, biceps, lat pulldowns, calves
Saturday: Cardio and other stuff (i didnt catch WHEN he trains grip, i assume weds or sat)
4 days, 2 heavy 2 light
Diet: doesnt know how many cals, doesnt care, 6 or 7 meals a day, this includes cheese sandwiches
Grip training… i was very fucking lucky that out of the 60-80 odd competitors/spectators, only 3 of us were properly interested in powerlifting, everyone else was there to see Alvin Small, pro BB, so we got a real good chance to pick his brains. I asked him about grip cus mine was shit, apparently he never gave it much thought until he dropped 1003lb. He doesnt use grippers or static holds, says the best thing is gripping a moving weight simulating a fast pull, does double overhanded shrugs (280kg) and that type of thing, never ever uses straps.
Thats most of whats useful anyway, hope this helps someone. Wasn’t gonna go was bein a lazy bastard glad i did!