More Than Hormones

By Jay Farrant | June 24, 2021

The debate on trans females competing against biological females has once again come to the forefront of coaches, athletes and social justice warriors.  The centre of the topic has been around the inclusion of biological Male, Laurel Hubbard who was selected for the New Zealand female Olympic weightlifting team with the main argument being around…

Get With The System

By James O'Brien | March 21, 2021

Have you ever looked at a programme and thought “I need to change this a bit and it’ll be perfect…”. You then start chopping, changing and mixing things around trying to find the “balance” – x2 squatting, but you want x3, so you drop quad volume as if that will magically establish equilibrium. “Not all…

Weight Classes

By Jayne Jones | January 25, 2021

What weight class suits you is dependent on a lot of factors (height, age, body fat levels). For a lifter of average body fat,* there are usually three options available to you – a class that your body weight naturally sits within, a class you can cut weight into and a class you can eat…

Why Training Should be Harder Than Competing.

By Jay Farrant | December 15, 2020

Recently, A story came up on my feed of my old squadron training for deployment and it reminded me of all the bullshit we did ahead of deploying at that time and how in reality, the training was usually worse than the actual tour.  This got me thinking about sports and why your training should…

Weight Fluctuation

By Anna Hourihane | October 16, 2020

‘My nutrition was great, but the scales are up’. This is something I hear a lot from my clients. But let’s take a step back and look at some of the reasons why our weight can fluctuate day to day! Obviously, food weighs something. If you eat a particularly heavy weighing meal, especially in the…

Injuries In Powerlifting

By Jay Farrant | May 27, 2020

I am not a physiotherapist, nor do I engage in work that should be undertaken by a certified professional. But I have come across enough injuries in training to know how to deal with them when they arise and have worked in tandem with sports physiotherapists and other professionals to bring athletes back to the…

Galway ABS

By Jay Farrant | May 15, 2020

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Nutrition Series – Protein

By Anna Hourihane | April 20, 2020

A common question I get asked is how can I improve my nutrition for weight training? Nutrition is crucial, but simple.  Personally, I believe most people over complicate it. Get the basics right and you will notice a massive difference. Only then, once the basics are mastered should you be worrying about the finer details.…

We are not a gym, We are a club.

By Jay Farrant | April 11, 2020

It has been said that the A.B.S program is too high volume, not specific enough, too high frequency, too little frequency, doesn’t focus on building enough, is too rigid or has too much back work.  The problem with this critique is simple – we run the system, not a program. Systems have ways of approach and thinking,…

Shit People Don’t Mention When Starting Powerlifting.

By Jay Farrant | November 6, 2019

Like most sports you start you’ll make quick progress going from a complete beginner to intermediate. Powerlifting is no different and the longer you stay involved in the sport the more you’ll have to work to get results.  It’s inevitable you’ll have to strip things back multiple times during your career with most cases only bringing…