UKSA 2011

Gotta warm up..

The UK’s Strongest Athlete went down a storm at the wknd, but before I indulge into the nitty gritty results a big thanks has to go out to everyone who turned up and supported the event, being the first event we have organised we were just as nervous as the competitors.

A special thank you has to go out to everyone who helped out on the day, this includes: Neil Kirwan, Ross Edgley, Mark Peacock, Bam, Jay, Jack and of course my wife Robbo as well as Tim and Lynne from Global Therapies. Another thank you goes out to our clients who helped with the making of the lovely food on the day, so thanks to Louise, Claire, Mel, Jo Jo and of course Alexa with the cakes!! In addition to this, thanks to MyProtein who sponsored the event and Target Fitness for letting us use the venue.

Jay Bone helping out

The UKSA was organised to try and get the best athletes together and compete, this was based on Joe Defranco’s WSA, although we wanted to make it our own and so changed some of the events. The events were strongman in nature but it was not a competition for strongmen, I know this is hard to understand for some but what else would I call the events??  The UKSA was for athletes who take part in a sport but wanted to test themselves against other athletes from other sports in one competition.

Okay onto the day…….

Bryan killing the tyre!!

The first event was the Tyre Flip + Sprint 20m. For the first 3 events it was decided that athletes go in alphabetical order. The Over 90kg category went first with Adam Bell being the first name on the list, its always hard going first in any competition, so well done to Adam as he attacked it very well. This event was won by Ben Kirkup with a time of 12.06. The Under 90kg category was won by Joe Lightfoot with a time of 11.60

Over 90kg Results

Adam Bell – 14.09 – 4

Alex Brooker – 15.85 – 3

Ben Kirkup – 12.06 – 10

Daniel Conroy – 16.97 – 1

Liam McCrea – 13.25 – 7

Lyndon Robertson – 12.16 – 9

Martin Blackmore – 13.97 – 5

Shawn Frawley – 12.56 – 8

Stephen Tooze – 16.13 – 2

Cleggy – 13.44 – 6

Under 90kg Results

Anders Hulme – 17.72 – 0

Andrew Baxter – 14.35 – 1

Anthony Shaw – 18.69 – 0

Bryan McMahon – 12.22 – 8

Chris Thomas – 11.81 – 9

Chris Walker – 15.25 – 0

Gavin Gooding – 13.31 – 5

Greg Freeman – 17.15 – 0

Joe Lightfoot – 11.60 – 10

Joe Willis – 13.87 – 3

Joel Snape – 17.59 – 0

Laurence Stokes – 15.37 – 0

Luke Sandler – 23.71 – 0

Nas – 12.22 – 8

Phil Marsden – 12.25 – 6

Stellios – 13.53 – 4

Adam Hope – 14.12 – 2

Chris Wainer – 14.63 – 0

Martin Blackmore tearing up the Farmers!

The second event was the Farmers Walk. The overs had 90kg in each hand and was won by Liam McCrea with a time of 18.53. The unders had 80kg in each hand and this was won by Joe Lightfoot again with a time of 15.41.  A stand out performance in this event was by an athlete called Luke Sandler from Spartan Performance, due to the fact he never gave up. I think this is something that you cannot learn as an athlete but you either have or don’t have the determination/will to succeed, this is something that definitely seperates the winners and the losers.

Over 90kg Results

Adam Bell – 37.28 – 2

Alex Brooker – 34.18 – 3

Ben Kirkup – 22.34 – 6

Daniel Conroy – 24.84 – 5

Liam McCrea – 18.53 – 10

Lyndon Robertson – 21.00 – 8

Martin Blackmore – 22.28 – 7

Shawn Frawley – 18.78 – 9

Stephen Tooze – 27.72 – 4

Cleggy – 37.25 – 1

Under 90kg Results

Anders Hulme – 19.84 – 5

Andrew Baxter – 20.06 – 2

Anthony Shaw – 32.00 – 0

Bryan McMahon – 17.03 – 9

Chris Thomas – 19.87 – 4

Chris Walker – 20.69 – 1

Gavin Gooding – 19.47 – 6

Greg Freeman – 22.47 – 0

Joe Lightfoot – 15.41 – 10

Joe Willis – 23.81 – 0

Joel Snape – 35.93 – 0

Laurence Stokes – 18.75 – 7

Luke Sandler – 1.09.34 – 0

Nas – 18.65 – 8

Phil Marsden – 23.25 – 0

Stellios – 23.19 – 0

Adam Hope – 20.72 – 0

Chris Wainer – 20.00 – 3

Bryan giving it all!!

Concentration is key

The third event was the Log Clean + Press. The over 90’s had to press an 80kg log over ahead, this event was earmarked by one athlete in particular and he didnt fail to deliver, Liam McCrea hit a massive 14 reps and won the event. Next the unders, this event was much closer with 6 athletes smashing over 10 reps, the event was finally won by Bryan McMahon with 13 reps.

Over 90kg Results

Adam Bell – 5 – 5

Alex Brooker – 2 – 1

Ben Kirkup – 3 – 2

Daniel Conroy – 11 – 9

Liam McCrea – 14 – 10

Lyndon Robertson – 5 – 5

Martin Blackmore – 9 – 8

Shawn Frawley – 7 – 7

Stephen Tooze – 4 – 3

Cleggy – 6 – 6

Under 90kg Results

Anders Hulme – 3 -0

Andrew Baxter – 5 -0

Anthony Shaw – 4 -0

Bryan McMahon – 13 -10

Chris Thomas – 10 – 6

Chris Walker – 6 -3

Gavin Gooding – 11 – 7

Greg Freeman – 5 -0

Joe Lightfoot – 6 -3

Joe Willis – 6 – 3

Joel Snape – 3 – 0

Laurence Stokes – 12 – 9

Luke Sandler – 2 – 0

Nas – 10 – 6

Phil Marsden – 7 – 4

Stellios – 6 – 3

Adam Hope – 12 – 9

Chris Wainer – 3 – 0

Before the forth event we tallied up the points and paired the athletes depending on their overall standing. Competing head to head made the athletes step it up that little bit more.

Nas and Chris head to head!!

Phil Marsden putting in a great performance

The forth event was the Standing Overhand Rope Pull. With Liam McCrea and Shawn Frawley 1st and 2nd respectively these 2 went last, and they didnt disappoint, with Frawley pipping Liam to the line.

The unders next up with still the top 4 in contention, Going head to head was Nas and Chris Thomas, 3rd and 4th, a slow start from Nas saw Chris get a good lead, but then over the 20m distance Nas Pulled it back and just nipped it on the line. Next up Joe and Bryan, with Joe stating prior to the event that this was his strongest, and he proved that with a time of 14.41 which won him the event.

Over 90kg Results

Adam Bell – 22.43 – 5

Alex Brooker – 22.97 – 3

Ben Kirkup – 19.35 – 8

Daniel Conroy – 21.09 – 6

Liam McCrea – 20.78 – 7

Lyndon Robertson – 17.75 – 10

Martin Blackmore – 23.43 – 2

Shawn Frawley – 18.50 – 9

Stephen Tooze – 26.28 – 1

Cleggy – 22.66 – 4

Under 90kg Results

Anders Hulme – 23.53 – 0

Andrew Baxter – 19.19 – 0

Anthony Shaw – 16.85 – 8

Bryan McMahon – 17.43 – 7

Chris Thomas – 17.60 – 4

Chris Walker – 20.84 – 0

Gavin Gooding – 19.63 – 0

Greg Freeman – 19.59 – 0

Joe Lightfoot – 14.41 – 10

Joe Willis – 19.44 – 0

Joel Snape – 29.78 – 0

Laurence Stokes – 17.71 – 3

Luke Sandler – 18.68 – 1

Nas – 17.47 – 5

Phil Marsden – 17.44 – 6

Stellios – 19.38 – 0

Adam Hope – 18.44 – 2

Chris Wainer – 15.56 – 9

Lyndon smashing the Sandbag

The last and final event was the Sprint, Sandbag and Sled Medley. The top three in the overs were seperated by 2 points, so this was anyones! Lyndon Robertson, currently in 3rd put in a great time and let the leaders know he was there. Next up was Liam and Shawn, both had a great start although Shawn dropped the bag which cost him dearly, which Liam then went onto win the dual. The event was won by Adam Bell with a time of 28.65.

Points mean everything!!

No one knew who had taken victory, but after tallying up the points, Liam McCrea had the title of UK’s Strongest Athlete Over 90kg, it worked out that if he had been 300th of a second slower in the medley then it would have gone down to a 6th event decider!

Under 90kg next, and this was between 2 people, Bryan and Joe, with Bryan currently winning by 1 point, Joe had the work to do. Again it came down to mistakes with Bryan dropping the bag twice to give Joe the win and claim the title of UK’s Strongest Athlete Under 90kg.

Over 90kg Results

Adam Bell – 28.65 – 10

Alex Brooker – 34.63 – 5

Ben Kirkup – 29.53 – 9

Daniel Conroy – 32.44 – 8

Liam McCrea – 34.60 – 6

Lyndon Robertson – 32.85 – 7

Martin Blackmore – 35.18 – 7

Shawn Frawley – 52.62 – 1

Stephen Tooze – 39.12 – 3

Cleggy – 40.85 – 2

Under 90kg Results

Anders Hulme – 35.43 – 0

Andrew Baxter – 28.41 – 8

Anthony Shaw – 42.28 – 0

Bryan McMahon – 32.41 – 5

Chris Thomas – 34.66 – 3

Chris Walker – 35.94 – 0

Gavin Gooding – 30.28 – 6

Greg Freeman – 40.69 – 0

Joe Lightfoot – 26.00 – 10

Joe Willis – 42.03 – 0

Joel Snape – 42.41 – 0

Laurence Stokes – 30.15 – 7

Luke Sandler – 35.40 – 0

Nas – 27.34 – 9

Phil Marsden – 34.69 – 2

Stellios – 38.22 – 0

Adam Hope – 34.94 – 1

Chris Wainer – 34.62 – 4

Winners Joe Lightfoot and Liam McCrea

Top Athletes

Everyone on the day put in a great performance, and competing like this only brings the best out of you, with many athletes hitting pb’s all day! Competing is a great way to test and push yourself and is something that we will be doing more of with our athletes.

Overall it was a great day and I hope everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves.

Looking forward to a bigger, better and maybe some small changes for UKSA 2012 already

Stay tuned for the UKSA Video Montage

Until next time

Lift Big Get Strong

Sean

p.s comment below and let me know your thoughts of the day

p.p.s I guess you want to see the overall result!!

Over 90kg Final Standing

Liam McCrea – 40 – 1

Lyndon Robertson – 39 – 2

Ben Kirkup – 35 – 3

Shawn Frawley – 34 – 4

Daniel Conroy – 29 – 5

Adam Bell – 26 – 6

Martin Blackmore – 26 – 6

Cleggy – 19 – 8

Alex Brooker – 15 – 9

Stephen Tooze – 13 – 10

Under 90kg Final Standing

Joe Lightfoot – 43 – 1

Bryan McMahon – 39 – 2

Nas – 36 – 3

Chris Thomas – 26 – 4

Laurence Stokes – 26 – 4

Phil Marsden – 25 – 6

Gavin Gooding – 24 – 7

Chris Wainer – 16 – 8

Adam Hope – 14 – 9

Stellios – 13 – 10

Anthony Shaw – 12 – 11

Andrew Baxter – 11 – 12

Joe Willis – 6 – 13

Anders Hulme – 5 – 14

Chris Walker – 4 – 15

Luke Sandler – 1 – 16

Joel Snape – 0 – 17

Greg Freeman – 0 – 17

Chin Up/Pull Up Rant

Just something I need to get of my chest!!

WTF is going on with all this pull up cheating nonsense, jumping from bar to bar, side to side, up and down…..dont get me wrong I think there is a time and place for this stuff but when all I see on the internet these days is about pull ups which use, shall we say alot of body swing.. this is b*llsh*t.

Lets get back to basics and do chin ups and pull ups like they are supposed to be done….with alot of upper body and core strength and NOT momentum!!

LETS SEE LESS OF THIS

AND MORE OF THIS

Please send your videos in of some strict chin up/pull up feats whether its reps or with added weight, so I can post and show everyone that Chins and Pull ups are not dying!!

Lift Big Get Strong

Sean

Ultimate Fighter 14 Vegas Trip Part 1

Is there more to Vegas than this????

This is just a little story of what has happened over the past crazy few weeks…..

Around 4 weeks ago I had a phone call from Michael Bisping, which kinda went like this.

Mike – “I want you boys to come to Vegas and start filming the Ultimate Fighter 14, the flight is in 2 days, can you come?? Sleep on it and ill talk to you tomorrow”

Sean – (Half asleep at this point)………oh shit

Straight after this phone call I text my business partner Z and said, get to work early in the morning cause we need to talk.

With very little notice and no time to plan we had to decide whether to go on a once in a lifetime opportunity…………. we always wanted the answer to be YES but we just had to figure out how!!

Bearing in mind we have a new business, with clients who needed us there.

Deciding to leave the gym in good hands was a very hard decision, we wanted to take this opportunity but then again it was hard to leave clients who are dependent on you. Our clients mean the world to us and their results and goals are important so leaving them for 2 weeks, which turned out to be 3 was always hard to do, even though a big opportunity lay ahead.

S&P went to Vegas

Now that we are back and have had time to reflect on what has happened and if ever asked would we have gone knowing what has happened over the past 3 weeks, I think the answer is always going to be f*ck yeah, we were given an opportunity of a lifetime and it would have been stupid to turn it down, with S&P being a new business, exposure like this is only going to help grow the brand. The feedback that we have had from our clients and peers has been mixed on many levels about the trip but this is understandable and from a business standpoint is a learning curve.  I’ve decided in life that sometimes you cant please everyone, but we will always try.

For myself and Z, this shit does not happen so we are still taking it all in…..

Onto the journey (in pics)

2 days after the call, the gym was under control thanks to Joe Lightfoot and Chris Wainer and we were on a flight to Vegas with Bisping…..

Z repping the S&P brand

Plane food.....WTF

Being our first time in Vegas we were always going to be a little excited…Landing in Vegas and seeing ‘the strip’ was an eye opener. You always here stories of Vegas and you see it on films but until you see it in real life you dont know jack!!!! Vegas is  must go to place for everyone!!

Part of 'The Strip'

The UFC put us up in some condo’s about 5 mins away from the strip….pool, jacuzzi, gym etc this was cool and did the job

The Condo's

Our view from our room

After settling in we met Team Bisping which involved Tiki Ghosn Rob McCullough Brady Fink, these were all cool guys and we got along very well

The Boys

Heading down to the UFC Gym for the first time was filled with mixed emotions, both excited and ‘shitting it’. This is something that you see on TV so to see it in real life was crazy…

Meeting Dana White and the rest of the UFC crew was pretty surreal as well……

UFC Gym

As the days went by filming the show we got to see more and more of Vegas, from the massive portions of food to the extreme hotels and atmosphere….Our local place to eat was actually a supermarket called Wholefoods, this place has everything you need when trying to be somewhat healthy. We definitely need one in the UK

Club Sandwich....nearly as good as the S&P Sandwich

The Venetian

Iced Tea became a staple!!

Crazy Roller Coaster

Just like S&P!!!

…..to be continued when the show is aired (pics and gossip to follow)

Until Next Time

Lift Big Get Strong

Sean

p.s Hope to see you all at the UKSA