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Tribesports User of the Week: Paul T

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Posted by Paul T under Olympic Weightlifting, Weight Training (Strength Training), Weight Training (Strength Training) on 17 October 2012 at 11:00 PM

Congratulations Paul T - you are our User of the Week!

What has been your toughest Tribesports Challenge to date and which are you most proud of?

The hardest challenge is one I haven't yet completed - Standing on one leg with my eyes closed. I still cannot get more than a few seconds LOL. I have fallen over many times attempting this one.

The challenge of which I am most proud is the 2 minute plank challenge. That one took me a lot of work to be able to achieve.

It's awesome to see you sharing so much great advice on your Youtube channel, which is your favourite video you've posted?

My favourite would be this one. Only because I have had to overcome my leg injury to achieve even this much weight. At one point I thought I would be unable to do any leg exercises at all. 

Paul T 210kg x 8 reps at body weight 120kg

Pop-eye truly has nothing on your biceps - what's your secret to getting so built?

There is no big secret really. I just train all body parts as heavy as I can. as the arms are used in all upper body exercises they get worked indirectly at every session. On my specific arm day, I concentrate on form above the weight being used. For biceps it is important to NOT let the upper arm drift forward from your torso. as soon as it moves forward you bring shoulders into play and take the load off biceps. It is a similar story for the Triceps, keep the upper arm still and move only the forearm. (except for dips)

In your bio, you mention your Bi-lateral PE and major compartment syndrome - how have these conditions changed the way you train?

The Pulmonary Emboli took ages to recover from. The clots were quite large and took a long while to dissolve. I am still on blood thinners (warfarin) to prevent further clots. I find that harder to deal with than the actual clots. One of the side effects of thinner blood is a constant battle against tiredness and fatigue. That's where having a major goal to train towards helps. It makes me much less likely to give in than if I were just training for fun.

The compartment syndrome was / is a nightmare. The wound has left my left leg less stable than before, I also have the muscle fascia left open for about 18 inches of the quadriceps, I get some very interesting bulges along the scar when I am leg training, lol!

I have had to admit that squatting is a no - no, but have substituted  the vertical leg press instead.

Love the photo of you weight training with the kids, do you stay active as a family?

My son and daughter were always active, My daughter danced (ballet) and my son was a very good goalkeeper, getting as far as Bristol Rovers U18's. I took an active role in coaching him (and other goalkeepers) until he moved on to Filton College. I am working on my grand children now, My granddaughter is 3 and is as active as all 3 year old's lol. My grandson is nearly seven and has just won his Orange belt in Karate. Needless to say I am very proud.

How do you feel your Navy background has effected your relationship with fitness?

My Navy career gave me a firm base to start from, the biggest bonus to service life is the sense of discipline you learn. You learn to be accountable for your own actions. So fitness wise, if I am not progressing in a certain lift I look to myself before blaming genetics or other influences outside of my control. Things like diet, sleep, training methods, attitude. I keep accurate records of every workout and meal. I can very quickly spot when something is not working,

If my strength is not improving is usually because either I am not sleeping enough or I am not eating enough. 

Which Tribesports members make your day?

There are so many Tribesports members who make me smile, I truly feel like we are all one big fitness family. But....... If you were to force me to name some people, they would be 

Mairead S - we have been playing our own game of rankings Tag for a while now (still waiting that tap on the shoulder as you come past me again) lol. Well done on the Dublin half marathon Mairead.

Claire L - is an inspiration to lot's of us. Even though I don't run I look forward to hearing of her endeavors. Well done on the Great North Run Claire!

Gaina C - always positive and cheerful. Hope you enjoy your new hand cycle :)

Baldy John - again , another positive person. Making great improvements in his fitness journey. All done with a great sense of humor.

What's your favourite quote?

Not so much a quote but a poem. I have this in a frame above my desk. It sums up the way I try to behave in everyday life. It's by a guy called Dale Wimbrow:

When you get all you want and you struggle for pelf,

and the world makes you king for a day,

then go to the mirror and look at yourself

and see what that man has to say.

For it isn't your mother, your father or wife

whose judgment upon you must pass,

but the man, whose verdict counts most in your life

is the one staring back from the glass.

He's the fellow to please,

never mind all the rest.

For he's with you right to the end,

and you've passed your most difficult test

if the man in the glass is your friend.

You may be like Jack Horner and "chisel" a plum,

And think you're a wonderful guy,

But the man in the glass says you're only a bum

If you can't look him straight in the eye.

You can fool the whole world,

down the highway of years,

and take pats on the back as you pass.

But your final reward will be heartache and tears

if you've cheated the man in the glass.

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