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Tribesports User of the Week: Dave W

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Posted by Dave W under Weight Training (Strength Training) on 16 January 2014 at 12:00 AM

Dave W profileWhich Tribesports Challenge has been your toughest and which are you most proud of?

I have really struggled with a number of challenges, especially the more fitness related ones, which is why I took them. My personal weakness is definitely my running and that is why I am particularly proud of my participation in the 5 Team running match last year.

Thanks to the support of the whole team, Captained amazingly well by Jane H and the encouragements of so many others I completed more kilometres than any other year of my life. Although the distances I ran were relatively low, Team F5 won and I was a part of it, which makes me immensely proud! Thankyou to everyone who encouraged me, as it really did keep me going and gave me the reason to run so far !

The toughest challenge was 1000 squats in a day - I recently completed 1000 squats in a day and decided to combine it with a personal challenge of trying to lift 100,000kgs in one day. Simply lift 100kg, 1000 times and that’s it!! Easy! I did 125 reps with a 100kg barbell every hour for 8 hours on a Saturday. My legs ached for almost a week and my glutes felt like I’d sledged down Mount Everest without the sledge. It was worth it, but I doubt I’ll do anything so daft for a while.

The beauty of Tribesports is that we are exposed to so many challenges - try something new and see where it takes you !!

Extreme Raised planking

What's your goal for 2014 and how will you #SayItWithSweat?

2014 could be the first year in almost 5 years that I have worked out for the whole year and I cannot wait to make the most of it, increased fitness, increased size, increased strength.

I have so many goals and ideas for the upcoming year, I feel like a kid in a Sweet Shop (Candy store) ! I have been planning on running a 5km Spartan run, which will hopefully happen this year, but I do need to be mindful of my Asthma, so if it takes longer then I will have to be patient.

As my strength and size increase I am also considering, more and more, the possibility of taking part in a Strongman competition, nothing major, just a local event such as Yorkshire, North England etc. Some of my lifts are almost good enough, some are miles away, which means I need to step a little further outside my comfort zone and that will be my biggest challenge this year.

When did you first start body building?

I started using weights to build muscle at the age of 18. My first bench was a standard home ‘York’ bench and a 65lb Vinyl barbell/dumbbell set. Loads of my friend did it and I felt too embarrassed to go to the gym with them, as I was a very skinny 9 stone kid with asthma. 

Dave at 20 years old

After a year or so I built myself up to 10 stone and I was truly bitten by the bug. I even had my photos taken a short while later. In my late teens/early 20s I was fairly strong, but still wanted to gain more size. My aim then was to reach 200lbs in bodyweight.

How often do you train?

I try to train 6 or 7 days per week. I hit the irons 4 times per week, using a split routine, training each muscle group once per week. I like to break up the weight training with 2 days of abs/core work. The 7th day varies depending on my mood, energy and challenge list.

I sometimes use 1 day for rest, sometimes fitness/running and sometimes I go challenge mad and do a crazy challenge (or 2), such as the 1000 squats in a day or 1200 crunches in one set etc. I did complete an entire month of exercise last summer, but regretted it and will never train that many consecutive days again. “A man has got to know his limitations”.

Saying it with Sweat

What tips would you give to those just starting out?

Find a good basic workout that trains the whole body every session and I would recommend doing that workout 3 times per week. Everyone needs to start somewhere and we can’t all lift like the pros, so start simple and light. Get used to the exercises and handling weights properly. It is vitally important to understand your own body and how you feel during and after exercise, particularly the following day. That “good ache” associated with a challenging session needs to be learned along with good form to ensure you remain injury free and make steady and successful progress. My first weight set was 65lb complete and it took me a lot of training before I needed additional weights, now I have dumbbells bigger than that whole set, all through a bit of sweat, a lot of determination and plenty of patience.

Above all, my best advice for those just starting out is simple - become active in the Tribesports community, join Tribes, share ideas and ask for advice when needed.

Which weights exercise is your favorite?

The answer to this question has changed so many times since I started weight training all those years ago, as I have changed physically and the weights I handle has changed and as I have introduced new exercises. I am currently so proud of my main lifts, Bench Press, Deadlift and Squat as the weights I can now lift are considerably larger than the weights I could handle when I first started out.

Having said that, I have recently successfully shoulder pressed 330lb on a smith machine and really enjoy shoulder/traps work, so at present I would say Shoulder Pressing is my favourite.

Traps and Delts

Outside of bodybuilding and weights, what other activities do you get up to?

Well, thanks to the suggestions of Tribesports users, the wealth of challenges and new ideas I see here, I have dabbled with a few new exercises/sports. I have enjoyed a basic introduction into yoga and realised that I’m not as flexible or supple as I used to be. I’ve added new equipment in my gym such as a stability ball, stationary cycle and treadmill and aim to increase my use of non-weight training equipment. I now see the benefits of CV work and even enjoy gentle walks around the local park.

When I’m not in the gym I do like to relax by painting and building models. I can be surprisingly delicate for a big lad!

Which Tribesports user makes your day?

Like many people before me, I have to say that there are SO MANY users that make my day and give continuous support and encouragement.  The king and queen of Tribesports, Rick P and Eunice Y are a constant inspiration to me and so many others. One of the first people I followed was Matteo R, what an amazing athlete he is! Jane H really helped me with my running challenges and I am so grateful for that. I have also gained so much inspiration from big Paul T, he’s a man who really pushes himself hard and competing as a bodybuilder at 49 is amazing!

Dave Weights benchI am truly inspired and motivated by the hard work of Helen L, Anne T and Maryse D, you ladies are awe-some !

The daily encouragements from Vylisa , Sue B, Stephanie S, Simone B, Sierra F, Pamela J, Mirja , Lavinia I, Amber B , Amanda C, Alison B, Teresa D really light up my day.

I have made so many friends here and love to keep up with their progress, Daniel H, Eamonn M, Sergio O and so many others that I couldn’t possibly name everyone. You guys are all amazing and I want to thank the Tribesports community for all the help, advice and encouragement I have had since I joined.

What's your favorite quote?

A few UOTWs before me have had similar quotes to mine, including the mighty Matteo, but my favourite is a simple 5 words, written to me by IFBB Pro Bodybuilder, Ernie Taylor.

He simply wrote: To Dave “Believe and you will achieve” BIG E.T.   I think that says it all !

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