I suddenly realised that I have spent most of my training time as gym rat imitating a “lab rat”. This over the years has probably not been the smartest thing but it has certainly helped others I have coached over the years.
Spent Monday coaching our number 2 junior shot putter (18.60m 5kg at 17)with his OLs. Was lots of fun to train someone with such huge natural talent. Everything I told him to do, he just did, first time, (hey, I used to hope they got it right by Christmas)
It made me realise that the resourses we have for middle aged lifters are very limited. As I fight back the years I continue to learn, somethings that used to work, now don’t and others that did not, are now so important.
Thought I would start my own list, if anyone has others, please add them, but lets not start an argument on each point.
Firstly I use no HRT, as I compete, (and never ever used before seems kind of dumb to start now) so if you do then what you are experiencing is of no use to me or others like me, so your posts would belong elsewhere.)
Background on me:
Terrence Gibbs, started Ol back in 1970, started my state PL association in 1975 (luckily the national Chairman did not realise is was liasing with a 21 year old)
Helped manage that sport for 10 years head refereed 10 straight state titles (retired at 32 a veteran of officiating, never to return), trained a few junior throwers, although that was never my intention (they lifted so thought why waste it)and one got to the national all school meet and threw in the open division, at 5’8" and 84kgs. Smallest ever competitor in the event (got 9th) Threw max for around 10 weeks a year, maybe threw twice a week.
Trained and competed against former Ol wr holders, OG OL coaches, my training partner attempted a OL jr WR competed with 66m discus thrower Wayne Martin, Peter Farmer 12th 76 OG hammer, stayed on a fold up bed in Mike Lambert’s spare room for a week (or two) in 1980 and trained with George Frenn and Roger Estep.
Sometimes I forget how much this has given me and how lucky I have been.
This is strength power related, not bodybuilding, kind of doing it so I don’t clog up Carl’s excellent thread.
Anyway onto my first point