Olympic Weightlifting Training Diary Week #1: Nothing But Hard Work Here

This training log diarises the journey of David Heppenstall, a Welsh Champion Olympic Weightlifer, as he attempts to qualify for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. Read the introduction to this series here. For the last couple of weeks, after my most recent comp, I have been self-programming under the watchful gaze of my coach, Ray […]

Olympic Weightlifting Training Diary: An Introduction

Let me introduce myself. My name is David Heppenstall, and I’m an amateur Olympic Weightlifter and the current Welsh National Champion (105kg). This training diary – for those who wish to follow/read/whatever it is you do with a blog – will seek to cover my progress as I strive to get a 300kg Total in […]

Workout Review: Jim Stoppani’s 12 Week Shortcut To Size

With an opening gambit of ‘Real Science, Unreal Results’, I couldn’t help but be interested in this workout. After all, a quick search on YouTube for other guru workout programmes reveals a myriad of hokum, quasi-debilitating looking exercises and gratuitous use of the word ‘bro’. For example, just have a look at this video detailing Greg […]

Lu Xiaojun: Natural Weightlifting Phenomenon

Meet Lu Xiaojun (pronounced “Loo-Jow-Junn” if you’re Phil Mitchell). Xiaojun is the current Olympic Champion and World Record holder in both the ‘Snatch’ and ‘Total’ in the Men’s 77kg (12 stone to us yobs) category, where he lifted 175kg in the Snatch, and 379kg in the Total (‘Snatch’ and ‘Clean and Jerk’ combined), respectively. Background […]

The Top 10 Gym Personalities

We have compiled, for your entertainment, a list of the top 10 gym personalities. It’s basically a who’s who of idiosyncratic characters/annoying wankers in the free weights area. You might find a few of these people familiar… 1) Big Iranian Most likely to be seen: deadlifting a minimum of 250kg for a few reps then leaving. […]

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