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BDFPA British finals

BDFPA BDFPA British finals take place a week on Saturday – yikes!

I had an awesome week of training last week feeling more confident with my lifting, working hard on my technique. I had a really good bench press and deadlift session! My bench has always been my weakest lift but I think it’s slowly improving, at long last! What a difference your set up makes!

This week my training is all about doubling my openers and reducing the intensity. No assistance work, just making sure I’m confident with what I have decided to open on.

I’m feeling ready for the competition, I’d love to win again but I know there’s going to be some serious competition! My main goal is to improve from last year’s totals from the world championships which was 370kg.

Leading up to any competition I keep my diet strict, when I’m usually about 4 weeks out here’s what I eat, what I have been and will be eating for the last week;

Meal 1) 100g porridge oats & 1 scoop of Extreme Nutrition’s vanilla Extreme Whey, 1 Extreme CLA capsule, 3 Krevolution-X & 5 BCA-311 capsules.
Meal 2) 1 avocado, greens and 100g cooked chicken & 1 CLA.
Meal 3) 70g uncooked brown rice or 250g uncooked sweet potato, 70g cooked chicken, salad & 1 CLA.
Meal 4) Pre workout: 1 heaped scoop of Extreme Nutrition’s banana whey, 20g Almonds, 3 Krevolution-x & 5 BCA-311 capsules.


Meal 5) post workout: 2 heaped scoops of Extreme Nutrition’s chocolate Build and Recover
Meal 6) 250 – 300g of uncooked white potato, 70g cooked chicken, greens/salad Meal 7) 3 whole eggs
Meal 8) 1 heaped scoop of Extreme nutritions strawberry Pro-6.

Extreme Pro-6, almost an unfair advantage!

Extreme Nutrition 2Kg Vanilla, as used by British Champion Joanne Stanger.

As I won’t be training next week the only thing that will change in my diet will be my build and recover, this will be replace with a scoop of Extreme Nutrition Pro-6 and maybe a piece of fruit like a banana! Keep those carbs high! It’s taken me a long time to realise the importance of carbs in relation to getting stronger and leaner!

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Jo Stanger knows how to get an unfair advantage!

I keep clear of alcohol 3-4 weeks prior to a competition to keep my head clear and energy levels high! The CLA from Extreme Nutrition help to to shift that little extra body fat and the Krevolution-X help aid my strength & recovery!

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Extreme Krevolution-X is the side effect free creatine.

This weekend I plan on doing my kit check and packing so there’s no stress a few days before the comp! Exciting times! I wonder if I can become the British champion at the BDFPA British Finals again?

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Watch this space…… xx

Britains Strongest Man 2016

    Britains Strongest Man 2016 Championships

After almost giving up on strongman when I suffered a tricep tear at 2015’s World’s Strongest Man, the British Championships was my returning competition and the first live show I’d competed in on home soil in almost 2 years. The last 3 years have been tough for me. The injuries I’ve suffered while competing had taken just as much of a toll on me mentally as they did physically. But after the injury at World’s, I didn’t rush my return. I took my time building up and maintaining my strength and rediscovered my love for lifting. I finally feel back to my best and I’m really enjoying the sport again.

This is the first contest in a long time that I can honestly say I was looking forward to, and i genuinely enjoyed it.

Anyway, to the events.

    Event 1

The contest started with the viking press (150kg to be pressed over head for as many reps as possible in 60 seconds.)

My tricep still isn’t 100% but I knew if I could place in the top 3 it would set me up well for the rest of the day. I managed 10 reps which placed me joint 3rd with Darren Sadler. Terry Hollands was 2nd with 11 reps and unsurprisingly the winner was Eddie Hall with a very easy 12 reps. Eddie’s deadlifting ability is probably what he’s most famous for now, but he’s always been incredibly strong overhead. It feels like a very long time ago now, but I did hold the British log lift record for about a year and a half with a 190kg lift and I’m pretty sure I still hold the British axle record at 205kg. Thanks to my injuries, my overhead hasn’t had the chance to improve in recent years but it’s something I’ll be working hard to improve in the coming months.

    Event 2

Side handle car deadlift.

I always like these events to be as heavy as possible because like many big guys, I don’t want to have to do nearly 20 reps on anything, ever. I’m pretty strong right now, but my fitness isn’t where it needs to be and I was worried about getting back pump which would make all the following events that much harder. Terry and I tried to get the organisers to add weight which they did, but it still wasn’t quite as heavy as I personally would’ve liked it. Still, you’ve got to get on with it. Events are never going to be perfectly tailored to your preferences and strong is strong. The strongest man on the day will win. Anyway, I hit 15 reps which was good enough for 4th behind Mark Felix on 16, Adam Bishop on 17 and Eddie Hall on 18 reps. Traditionally this has always been a great event for Mark Felix. He has such long levers and for reps, has always been one of the best deadlifters out there.

    Event 3

460kg Car Walk

I was really looking forward to this event and before hand people were saying this is the event that could stop Eddie from winning. I was pretty convinced he would still do well but my main focus was on banking as many points as possible by winning this one. Moving with weight has always been my strength and people were talking about myself and Terry Hollands as being the favourites for the car walk. Fortunately for me, Terry had a slightly unbalanced start which probably cost him a second so I knew if I could put a solid run in, I could win. The pick up felt really easy and the extra squats I’ve been doing on the saftey bar paid of as I felt very secure and in control. I placed 1st with a new world record time of 11.92 seconds with Mark felix in 2nd and Terry Hollands 3rd.

    Event 4

Front Hold

I’ve always found this a pointless event to train, I’ve been so hit and miss at this in the past. It’s the sort of discipline that’s easy to over train and if things don’t go well in training, it can knock your confidence going into competition. It’s as much about mental strength as it is physical and I was pleased with a solid 3rd place just behind Mark and Eddie.

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Laurence Shahlaei, Britains Strongest Man 2016

    Event 5

Conans Circle.

As I said before my fitness isn’t where it needs to be and that showed on this event, as the fitter guys took the top spots.

I did enough to place 6th and keep me in 2nd over all going into the stones.

Top 3 on this were Adam Bishop, Darren Saddler and Luke Stoltman who all put in really impressive performances.

The final event was the atlas stones, 5 stones ranging from 120kg – 180kg. I’m not known for my stone lifting abilities but I was very pleased with my performance lifting all 5 in a little over 20 seconds, beating some good stone lifters in the process. However, it wasn’t quite enough to hold on to 2nd place overall as Mark beat me by 1 second on the stones and ended up half a point ahead of me overall. Hats off to Mark though… I’ve been competing against him for years and somehow, he’s now the best he’s every been at nearly 50!

Top 5 overall;
1st Eddie Hall
2nd Mark Felix
3rd Laurence Shahlaei
4th Adam Bishop
5th Terry Hollands

Although I didn’t win, I was very pleased with a consistent performance through the events, a new world record and I’ve qualified for my 8th Worlds Strongest Man contest. Going forward, I feel like I can get much stronger and technically better at the events so I’m at my best ever in time for World’s and Europe’s this year. The British Championships has restored my confidence and reminded me that I still have events I can challenge anyone in the world at.

Right now I’m training hard and working on increasing my size with the help of Extreme Nutrition products and nutritional advice from the team, Liam and Doug, as well as improving my events and fitness for my upcoming competitions.

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Laurence Shahlaei Britains Strongerst Man 2016 Championships

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Journey to the BDFPA British Final

Journey to the BDFPA British final 2016!

So, it’s 4 weeks until the BDFPA British final and my training is going well! I qualified for the BDFPA British final 2 weeks ago, the gym was lovely but it must have been about -2 degrees inside so definitely not the ideal environment to be lifting heavy metal in!

My aim was to do what I needed to qualify and that’s exactly what I did. My total at the qualifier was only 325kg (65kg bench, 120kg squat, 140kg deadlift) but I came away without any injuries which was my main concern in such cold temperatures.

My good friend and fellow Extreme Nutrition athlete Laurence Shahlaei is helping me through my time leading up to the British, there’s not enough time to get stronger but I can definitely improve my technique which will hopefully improve my totals from last year.

So on Thursday I did some deadlifting with resistance bands have any of you tried this? My god, it’s hard work, but awesome for improving your lock out.

For this training session I used the thin black bands and this is how it went….
1×10 with just the Olympic bar
1×5 @ 60kg
1×5 @ 80kg
1×3 @ 100kg
1×3 @ 110kg
1×2 @ 120kg
1×2 @ 130kg
1×2 @ 135kg
1×2 @ 137.5kg
The aim was to work up to a 2RM (rep maximum) with the bands and this was the 137.5kg

The bands were then taken off and then I did 2×5 @ 137.5kg.
The power and speed you produce after using the bands is insane! The lifts were hard but do able!

I then moved on to superset wide grip and underhand chins aiming for 3 x 5 on each grip.

I finished off with some unilateral Seated rows 3×8 with 30kg loaded on each side.

For cardio I did 5 laps with the prowler with 110kg, resting for 60 seconds in between each lap.

What a session! Very challenging but what’s the point if it isn’t a challenge? Definitely worked hard for my Build & Recover!

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Jo Stanger
WDFPA World Champion
NABBA Miss Britain

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