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2018 in Perspective

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2018 has been quite a year in terms of my sporting achievements and personal goals. A lot of times we tend to be harsh on ourselves. For not doing more, for not being good enough or for not finishing the year with a trophy. We get all tunnel vision and tend to be fixated on the goal but we for get to take account the process of getting there. So here is my 2018 in perspective.

Setting a new Asia Pacific Deadlift Record

This competition wasn’t on the radar for 2018, but since I wasn’t the Event Director for the Asia Pacific Deadlift Championships 2018. I just decided to join for fun because all of my friends from around the region and Europe are flying down for the competition. And of course I always enjoyed lifting with one my good friend Jiri Tkadlcik. I ended the day with a new PB of 370kg on the deadlift. Surpassing my previous deadlift PB of 365kg when I was in Czech Republic. That was a good day!

Losing a major sponsor

This was probably one of the most painful experiences of any athlete where your sponsor of 5 years decided not to renew your contract. Many thoughts went through my head like “Should I flip the table now?” or “Should someone fly out of the window?” or even “If I go full on Mountain from the Game of Thrones would I go to prison?”. Well sadly all those answers lead to spending time in prison. I would be miserable in prison with 3 meals a day. 

So I kept it professional, cordial and thanked them for the opportunity for the past 5 years and moved on. After all, good things don’t last forever. Even protein powder has an expiry date. There is more to life than being a sponsored athlete. For the first ten years I managed fine and still won competitions and why does this have to be different. You just “Embrace the Suck” and keep moving forward.

Finishing 3rd on podium at the Static Monsters World Championships 2018

This was probably the highlight of my year… I bombed out badly at the qualifier in 2017 maybe from over preparing and being to rigid with my game plan. In strongman you either win or you learn! I definitely learnt my lesson. 

Displeased with my shoddy and terrible performance in 2017, by some stroke of luck I received a last minute invite to compete in the World Championships because some athlete before me withdrew either from injury or schedule clashed and I was next in line. Bought my tickets and booked my hotel at the Gold Coast.

They say Greatness is when Consistency, Hard Work and Opportunity comes together. I had only 6 weeks to prepare for this competition and I kept my expectations low because I was carrying a few niggling injuries and my overheads numbers haven’t been going up as planned. I will be going up against the best pressers in the world each averaging in excess of 160kg to 200kg overheads. Here I was with a peasant like 130kg log press.

I finished the log press last in the athlete ranking but I kept my head down because my deadlifts are my best lifts. I finished 3rd on the deadlift with a 405kg, breaking my own PB off 400kg and managed to finish 3rd overall in the Men’s Open category. Did I also mention I got to meet Santa?

Having the opportunity of working with a new sponsors

They say when one door closes, another will open. I didn’t actively seek out new sponsors because I wanted a cooling off period to get over the “pain” (insert weird snorting laugh).

But I really think as an individual and athlete I have been truly blessed with guardian angels watching over me because I had the amazing opportunity to be working with Essential Magnesium SG which has amazing magnesium cream products for my recovery needs. They don’t just carry one type of magnesium cream/oil but a huge range with each having a different purpose and time of the day. But my current favourite is Night Cream as it helps me to sleep better and I wake up with minimal soreness! Click on the link if you need to get one!

I’m also thankful to the team from Couz Nutri for taking a chance on me and signing me up as part of the team as a sponsored athlete. So far they have been extremely phenomenal in taking care of my supplementation needs. The quality and variety of the products that they carry is amazing!

They have also generously stepped up as the Official Supplement Sponsor for the upcoming Asia Pacific Deadlift Championships 2019 on the 9th March 2019 at Gym Rendezvous.

Moving Forward

Personally as an athlete, having an open mind and taking things into perspective is important. Where everything happens because it’s meant to happen. If you put the hard work in but don’t get the results you want. Maybe you should re-look at what are your weaknesses that need improving. Or maybe it’s not your time yet. We tend to be so fixated in our goals but forget to enjoy the process.

If you are ever at doubting yourself. “Why am I doing this?” or “Why am I even eating this again and again?”. Ask yourself a simple question… Would your future self be happy with you complaining? I’m guessing the answer is NO. I just tell myself… I like standing on podium! Knowing I’ve enjoyed the process and given my best!

Opportunity + Hard Work + Consistency = GREATNESS! Make sure you remember that!

In the meantime train hard and stay injury free. Definitely looking forward to an amazing 2019!

Interview with Jiri Tkadlčík

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Interview with Jiri Tkadlčík 

This month’s I had the utmost privilege of speaking with one of the the world’s best Under 105kg Strongman Athletes. And also my good friend Jiri Tkadlčík from Czech Republic! Jiri and myself have known each other for the past three years. We have also crossed paths and competed alongside each other at the Arnolds South Africa and Loket, Czech Republic.

This time he has made the long and arduous journey of flying in to sunny Singapore from the cold winter of Czech Republic! He has also put his name down to compete in the inaugural Asia Pacific Deadlift Championships 2018. Jiri is also the World Record Holder for the Deadlift with a previous record of 382kg successfully attempted in Ukraine in 2017!

The Singapore Experience

In this video, he talks a little bit about the strongman scene in Czech Republic. His new discovery of proper Asian Cuisine and his hopes for himself and the sport in Czech Republic.

We also talked if he would attempt to break his own world record at the Asia Pacific Deadlift Championships in Singapore… He was feeling rather conservative that day!

And of course being good hosts, we brought him and Valerie out and about in Singapore where no tourists would go for the full on local experience.

We hope that you enjoy watching this video as much as we had fun bringing him out in Singapore

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!