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Asia Pacific Deadlift Championships 2018 Weekend

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Asia Pacific Deadlift Championships 2018 Weekend

What an excellent weekend we had at the Asia Pacific Deadlift championships. We had athletes from Czech Republic, Brunei, Hong Kong, UK, Thailand and Singapore. In total we had 52 athletes from 6 from countries as everyone definitely brought their A-game!

We also saw two of our youngest competitors Brad and Ariel in their first competition. The Asia Pacific Deadlift Competition was held over at Radiance Physiofit which was also our event and venue partner.

This is the first time we had strongman style deadlift competition held in Singapore, also possibly in our region, we at Singapore Strongman Series truly have been truly innovative within our region especially in novice and amateur competitions. Last weekend’s turn out was the highest turnout in a strongman competition with a record number of 52 athletes and audience.

We also saw coming into the fray amazing lifts especially in the Under 80kg and Under 90kg weight categories. Jiri from Czech Republic broke his own world record for the deadlift at 385kg in the Under 105kg weight class from 382kg set in Ukraine last year. Our very own Ahmad Taufiq set a new Asia-Pacific Deadlift Record at 370 kg and a failed attempt at 400kg in the Mens Open.

Hymsuen Li deadlifted 320kg to take the win in the Under 90kg category. Edging out Daniel Fattris who pulled 310kg in a highly contested one to one battle. The Under 80kg weight category saw the most number of competitors in the Singapore Strongman Series. The win was taken by Koh Xin Miao with a lift of 220kg edging out Qin Shi by a lighter bodyweight who also lifted 220kg.

The Women’s Open was won by Valerie Mirić from the Czech Republic with a deadlift of 170kg. Reena also managed to deadlift 170kg but Valerie was declared the winner due to a lighter body weight. In the women’s Under 62kg saw new comers to the sport, Perada from Thailand managed to deadlift 120kg but winning for being the lightest athlete. Special mention goes out to Ariel Johnson who deadlifted 50kg at 24.9kg body weight! What an amazing achievement!

From the team at Singapore Strongman Series who were running the Asia Pacific Deadlift Championships 2018, we would like to extend a huge thank you, appreciation and love to all the athletes that competed over the weekend. It was truly amazing to see almost everyone breaking their PBs and putting on an amazing performance!

We would also like to thank our Sponsors

Radiance Physiofit for being our event sponsor and venue partner! It was indeed an amazing location big enough for all the athletes, crowd and everyone to watch and roam free!

Optimum Nutrition for being our supplement sponsor and partner for the past 4 years and believing in us and helping us grow the sport. It has grown from strength to strength

CHALLENGE for being equipment sponsors not just for this competition but also to the next few competitions within the next few years

Iron Fitness Singapore, Home of CrossFit Iron Fitness for being partners for the Singapore Strongman Series since we first started and probably the most equipped gym for all your strength needs.

Chiropractor Singapore and Dr Shara for always being so supportive since our first competition in 2014! Thank you for being there for all the athletes and making sure they remain unbroken

Squeaky Clean Cafe for stepping up and providing healthy food options for our crew, athletes and everyone.

Derrick See from Seed Images for the amazing photos! You are definitely our only choice of photographer.

GRRRL Clothing for supporting and sponsoring prizes for the ladies! It’s amazing that such a HUGE brand is keen to work with us to help us grow the sport for the ladies!

Interesting Statistics over the weekend

Youngest athlete: 7 years old
Oldest athlete: 43 years old
Heaviest Successful weight lifted: 385kg
Heaviest attempted weight: 400kg
Number of female athletes: 10
Number of male athletes: 42
Number of sponsor: 14
Number of crew: 18
Number of hours to prep venue: 8
Number of hours to tear down: 2
Number of hours to make 1 bespoked medal: 1.5 hours
Number of bespoked medals given out: 18
Total Number of weight lifted (Successful): 9035 kilograms

It was a pretty amazing weekend

Thank you once again to everyone for making the event a resounding success. We look forward to seeing everyone again in October for Static Monsters Singapore 2018!

Interview with Joan and Augustine

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Interview with Joan and Augustine

This month’s I had the utmost privilege of speaking with two of the most respected individuals in an interview in the fitness industry in Singapore, and within the region Joan Liew and Augustine Lee.

I have known both Joan and Augustine personally for quite some time as they were formally part of Optimum Nutrition Team ON athletes from Singapore. I have huge respect for them both as athletes, professionals and most important mentors even to myself.

Augustine has a reputation of being the fierce and unassuming trainer. But in this interview we manage to bring out the side that we don’t see very much of. As someone who is warm, cracks jokes (yes he does) and rather jovial. Augustine shares his experience, deep training philosophy and most importantly dropping knowledge bombs that always seem to be enlightening.

Joan has built herself up quite a reputation of always being the hardest worker in the room. To me she defines the definition of commitment and discipline. In this interview she shares with us all her personal sacrifice, commitment and refining the term we use as discipline. After all she is the only IFBB Professional Athlete in the Singapore.

In this interview also both of them share their new program “Joan and Augustine Strength Program. This program includes a systemic and customized to an individual’s needs and training goals. To me as a Strongman athlete, strength means everything! The stronger you are, the better you will be in competitions. So its interesting to hear from the both of them why being strong is important to the every average Joe or Jane.

I hope you enjoy this interview as much as I did chatting with the both of them. In the meantime, stay strong and train hard!

Pardon the terrible noise, especially the blender going off halfway through the interview

Favourite Supplement Stack

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I do get many questions on what supplement(s) I use and what works best for recovery for pre, intra and post. So lets just start on that and these are the products I use daily on training and non-training days. Please do also note that I’m a sponsored athlete with Optimum Nutrition and the answer is pretty obvious what supplement brand I prefer. So how I’m going to break it down how I use it on training days with food (Food will be stated as a meal or will be noted as meal replacement – MRP)

Training Days
1st Breakfast (MRP)
3 scoops ON Pro Complex Vanilla + 5g ON Glutamine + 5 g of Physillum Husk

9.00am –
2nd Breakfast Meal
1 scoop ON Pro BCAA + 5g Glutamine + 2.5g Physillum Husk

10.00am to 12.00pm
Pre-training – ON BCAA tabs, Amino 2222, Fish Oil, Tribulus, HMB
Intra-Training – ON Pro BCAA + ON Amino Energy + 5g Glutamine + 2.5g Physillum Husk
Post Training – 3 scoops ON Pro Complex Vanilla + 5g ON Glutamine + 5g of Physillum Husk (MRP)

3rd meal

4th Meal

5th Meal

6th Meal

7th Meal
Supplementation – Pancakes made with ON Casein / Pro Complex Whey Ice Cream

Supplementation before bed
BCAA, HMB, ZMA, Vitamin C and Hyaluronic Acid

As above, my supplement of choice is Optimum Nutrition’s Pro Series products which are Pro Complex and Pro BCAA. ON Pro Series is just for athletes who “Demand More”. Thats what the slogan says anyway.

Let me start on Pro Complex first. Pro Complex is a blend of protein contains hydrolyzed whey and egg protein you know you are getting super high quality with minimal lactose or other impurities. Whey Protein Isolates, Hydrolysed Whey Protein Isolates, Egg Protein and Hydrolysed Egg Protein to be exact and is the highest serving of protein when you compare it to all the other protein powders on the Optimum Nutrition product range. Why have 25g of protein when you can have 60g of protein per serving? Even if you break it up into scoops it’s 30g protein per scoop.

I consume 3 scoops which is 90g of protein per serving for me. Optimum Nutrition has been amazing with the other types of whey protein products like the Platinum Series and Gold Standard, but the Pro Series is by far in my own opinion are the best tasting and works really well for me! It doesn’t hide the fact that its simple and it works, especially for athletes that demand more

The Branched Chain Amino Acids Leucine, Isoleucine and Valine are valued for their anabolic and anti-catabolic properties. Used in the 2:1:1 ratio before and/or after endurance exercise they may help spare muscle tissue. Used after strength training, BCAAs help kick-start protein synthesis which plays an important role in muscle growth. There is already 5g of glutamine in Pro BCAA but because of the demands of my training (there are heavy days and there are heavier days, some days they get really intense), I add an additional 5g of glutamine into mine just because I want to recovering fast is really important to me. If you have to pick a flavour, peach mango is the way to go. Trust me on this…

ON Glutamine
Glutamine is the most abundant amino acid in the body and plays an important role in muscle. During prolonged periods of intense exercise glutamine levels can be depleted which may limit protein synthesis. Glutamine Powder is a simple way to supplement your diet with this amino acid. Many studies have proven that glutamine to improve your immunity system. I abuse myself during training because it just how things are when it comes to prepping for a competition, that also means that my immunity system takes quite a beating. Glutamine really helps with improving a battered immune system from training especially during long and intense training days.

In my next post about supplementation I will cover on the supplements essentials like HMB, ZMA and Fish Oil

In the meantime train hard and injury free!