Sunday, September 30, 2007

Power lifting: Battle of the Gyms

The ‘Battle of the Gyms’ power lifting competition was yesterday. It was a great day with about 20 competitors, both male and female. A good crowd turned up to watch and be vocal!

Looks like we need a new venue for the next competition. The main free weights hall at Elite Physique was crowded and Joe wants to invites the main lifting gyms and clubs in Sydney and Melbourne next time.

Ariel (Elite Physique) won the male division. Mattie (?) won the female division.

Ariel is three weeks out from competing in the IFBB Australian bodybuilding titles. An extra factor for none optimum lifting. Mind you, being dieted down should help power to weight ratios.

Congratulations to Joe Giampaolo and the team for putting on a great show.

Drop some rolls of film in for developing today. Will post some pics during the week.


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Thursday, September 27, 2007

ALL the pics from the 2007 Dubbo bodybuilding comp

Ok, I'm a code monkey.

I've used ruby to write some code hacks.

Can now take a CD (what ever) of competition pics and crop and brand them. Then tag 'em and produce a set of pages with results, divisions and people with all the pic they appear in :)

This with be the main page.

Still a few bug, but this is version 0.1, got to start somewhere.


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Barbells, dumbbells and injuries

I’ve got some injury issues at the moment. Namely, one shoulder and the opposite elbow.

How have I been training around these injuries?

Firstly, use different angle and position from some movement, I’ve swapped over to the dumbbell form of a number of movements. Particularly for bench work. This mean I can adjust both the plan of the movement and the rotation of my grip. Both improving the feel and removing discomfort.

For the shoulder movements, I've stopped over head work. Remember anything with the hands/elbow above the height of the shoulder joint is unnatural. This is the reason people particularly have problem the Behind the neck barbell presses. Wondered how Aussie Rules Football players get their bad shoulder injuries? It’s almost always getting a strike to the shoulder while they have the hands over the head, marking the ball.

I’ve been getting some massage for the joints and the surrounding muscle structures too.

Talking at least a week off training always a help ;)

If it’s a new injury, go get it seen to. It maybe worse than you think and it will give you a chance to pick the brains of someone who should know.