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What Davie Did.

An almost daily record of random stuff

Updated: 2018-03-06T03:22:07.842-08:00


.....and Im Back


Only just remembered my password for my blog - will start posting again soon



Trying out the Blogger app. Down at Burns Gym in dumfries to practice for my first novice strongman comp. Click the link to watch the video.

Watch "10/09/11 - Dumfries events" on YouTube



Blogger app test

This weeks event training


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Recent training videos


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Todays squats and deadlifts


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Last weeks stones and yoke video


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Local heroes team event


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We took part in the Glasgow World Highland Games team event called Local Heroes, and we placed 2nd overall

Training 9/8/11


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Thursday and Fridays training 4th and 5th August


We took a trip to Gregor Edmunds house for a practice on the two man log and two man deadlift event for the competition on Saturday.

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Beer Fridays events

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Farmers walk relay

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Last 3 days



Back squats

60kg x 5
90kg x 5
100kg x 3
110kg x1+ - I got 11

Made sure these were deep after last weeks very high ones

Safety Bar Squats

70kg x 5
80kg x 5
90kg x 5

Working on these beltless

Bench Press

60kg x 5 x 2 sets
80kg x 5
90kg x 3
100kg x 1+ - I got 8

8 equals what I got last time I did this weight

Red Band Bench

60kg x 3 x 3 reps

First time doing these, tried to move the weight as fast as I could, may have been a bitt too heavy as it wasnt very fast
Incline Log

60kg x max reps - I got 25

Flat bench with log

40kg x 5 x 10 reps

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overhead stuff ( cant find my log book so this may be a bit off )

Push press

40kg x 5
60kg x 5
70kg x 3
80kg x 1
85kg x 5

Strict press

50kg x 5
55kg x 5
60kg x 5+ - I got 8


Band squats , blue band, 60kg of tension at top

60kg x 3 reps x 8 sets

18in deadlifts

145kg x 5
165kg x 5
185kg x 5

Speed deadlifts

130kg x 3 reps x 5 sets


50kg x 10m x 4 runs
50kg x 15m x 4 runs
70kg x 15m x 4 runs
70kg x 30m x 4 runs

Love the prowler!

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Events training 29/7/11



Log clean and press - shoulder to overhead

40kg x 5 x 3 sets
60kg x 3
70kg x 3
80kg x 3
85kg x 1
90kg x fail ( this is my target from now on )

70kg x 8 (PB)


145kg x 15m x 2 runs

205kg x 15m - 8.06secs
245kg x 10m - 7.94secs
245kg x 15m - 15.38secs (super super slow)

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atlas stones

100kg x 3 singles
120kg x 2 singles
130kg x 2 fails

120kg x 75sec - 1 rep. Nearly blacked out on thte second rep, then missed the third so stopped

Great session today

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28/7/11 - Man-cardio



Little bit of conditioning

5 rounds of

100kg sled drag x 15m x 6
1min kb swings x 24kg


15m out and back with 80kg,60kg,40kg,20kg


hand over hand pull with 80kg x 15m x 4

a sweaty mess after this, great to do work like this without timing it

27/6/11 squats and deads


Wednesday session with Buzzman, SSHQ was fooking roasting today

Band squats - red band hooked around bottom of the power cage

85kg x 3 reps x 6 sets


70kg x 3 x 2 sets
110kg x 3
145kg x 3
165kg x 3
185kg x 1 - did this double overhand and grip went ...d'oh!

Assistance stuff - knee raises, back extensions

26/7/11 - overhead stuff




Push press

40kg x 5
60kg x 5
70kg x 5
80kg x 3
85kg x 1
90kg x 1
95kg x 1 ( think this is a pb )

Strict press

52.5kg x 5
60kg x 3
67.5kg x 1+ - I got 5

Circus Dumbell

20kg x a few
42kg x 3
53kg x 2 (pb )
53kg x 3 (new pb)

31kg,42kg,53kg x 1 each, fail on 64kg

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Back to training today - yee ha

Back squats

85kg x 3
95kg x 3
105kg x 3+ - got 14

Safety bar squat

65kg x 3 x 3 sets

Bench press

77.5kg x 3
87.5kg x 3
97.5kg x 3+ - got 8

Incline log bench press - max reps

60kg x 24

Accessory work - core stuff

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UK Strength and Power series


Original post with photos is HEREOn Saturday 16th July, I took an 8 hour drive to compete in the UK Strength and Power Series meet in Cardiff, Wales. This is a grassroots strongman competition that I first competed in last year when the competition was set up slightly differently - a one day competition with 7 events. This year sees the competition consist of 3 heats, 3 weight categories and the top 2 from each category going through to the final in October.I had entered the South West meet as it was being hosted by my good friend Andy McKenzie from Ironmac Fitness. Andy is a tremendous strength and conditioning coach who won the lightweight category last year and had kindly agreed to programme for me leading up to this competition.Also heading down with me was my friend and sometime training partner Louise Mather from the band Any Color Black and her sister Gillian. Louise was competiting in the competition too in the ladies middle weight category.The drive down was long but filled with chat, laughter, no music ( stereo was broken ), eggs, dark chocolate and traffic jams.After arriving in Cardiff to drop the girls off, heading back to Newport to stay and Andys, I eventually got to sleep.Nervousness and a body clock set for early mornings due to my year old baby meant that I woke up at the crack of dawn. I got showered, fed and prepped with coffee and eggs. We set off for the short drive to Dragon CrossFit, venue for the fun and games ahead. This is a tremendous strength and conditioning facility that is located in a large industrial area.After weighing in, and meeting a few faces that I remembered from last years competition and a few faces I wasnt expecting (my buddy form back home had travelled down with his girlfriend to cheer me on and hadnt told me they were coming), the main organiser of the event , Chet Morjaria, gave us the welcome speech and gave us a run down on the first two events of the day.Event 1 would be circus dumbbell form ground to over head for as many reps in 75secs. Heavyweight men would be using the 53kg dumb bellEvent 2 would be the Conans Wheel, with 120kg on it for us big lads.Due to company I work for, Strength Shop UK supplying some of the equipment for the competition, I was probably only one of a few people who had used one of these huge dumb bells on a regular basis as part of my training so I was feeling great going into this event. In training I had managed 15 reps so I was looking to get there or maybe a couple of more reps.I managed to crank 15 reps again, which I was happy about but unfortunatley this was only good enough for 3rd place as 2 guys managed 17 reps.The second event was something I dont think anyone had done before. As I had finished 3rd in the first event, I was 3rd last to go in this so it gave me a chance to see how some of the others attacked his piece of equipment. When my turn came around I picked up the arm and set off on what would end up puting me in 2nd place. This I was very happy about, but that really, really hurt!After this event, we had an hour for lunch so I tried to eat and drink to fuel up for the afternoon. After lunch, Chet announced what the next two events would be.Event 3 would be one hand deadlift for max weightEvent 4 would be a medleyBefore the competition, event 1 and 3 were announced so we had time to practice. I knew I could do 130kg in the deadlift, but going by how the guys in the first meet did, I knew I would beed to do at least 150kg to stand a chance of getting a good placing.This event consisted of 7 attempts but if you failed twice you were out so tactics would be important. To start with I went in at 105kg,[...]

UK Strength and Power series


So after a few moths of training really hard , I managed to get 2nd place and a palce in the final in October

I got 2nd place in the Circus dumb bell event, 2nd in Conans wheel, joint first in the one hand deadlift and 2nd in the medley

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I will try and do a proper write up some time this weekend - but im too broken today

Pre-competition week


On Saturday I am heading to Cardiff for the Strength and Power meet. I took part in this last year, but things are different this time around. Instead of one competition, there are 3 heats. One has already taken place at CrossFit Reading, next week at Dragon Crossfit then next month at CrossFit 3D in Manchester.

I have been training hard for this, with most of my programming coming from Andy MacKenzie who is the organiser of the Cardiff event. I am in much better shape than I was last year. Fuck - i dont think I could be in worse shape than last year

This week is just an easy week in preparation for Saturday, with today being the only weights session I am doing.

Back squats

100kg x 5 reps x 3 sets

Cambered bar back squats

80kg x 5 reps x 3 sets

Bench press

77.5kg x 3
87,5kg x 3
97.5kg x 3

Really strange not training as hard as I have been but I know i need to rest so that I can give my all on Saturday where I hope to ...ENGAGE MOTHERFUCKING BEAST MODE!

Back to posting


No posted in a while but things have been going great - finished working at the primary school I was in and now Im working for which is a fantastic job!

My training has changed and now Im doing mostly strongman training which I am loving. Here are a few videos of some of the stuff I have been doing.

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Got the UK STRENGTH AND POWER meet next Saturday and I am tapering down this week with the plan baing 3 days of full rest before it ...then turning up and turning on HULK MODE!

Photo a day


set up a separate Tumblr blog for my photo thingy


Catch up post


Training has been going great - lots of stuff done but keep forgetting to update on here.

Going to get back to regular posting starting with something new - a photograph a day for 30 days. Found this on a blog i follow so will give it a try.

Will start tomorrow.

Videos from yesterdays session


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Sunday is strongman day


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