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Old 08-07-2011, 04:58 AM   #1
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I was glad to have finally made it to the Fitness First in Hornsby Sydney, where Spartigus (Marco) trains, in a small section off to one side labelled 'Free Weights'.

This was my first shock; I may not have set foot in a gym for 8 years, but I didn't know it could ever get this bad. Slap my momma.

My second shock was that there were so many examples of squat-rack curlers and upper-body trainers taking up the few squat/HS racks that were available with barbell curling and shrugging.

And a good half dozen bicep warriors were DB curling and pressing like true members of the Zyzz entourage (I didn't get to see him. Such a shame) in that they seemed to spend more time looking at themselves in the enormous floor-to-ceiling mirrors covering two of the 3 walls separating us from the treadmill army.

I told Spart I hadn't trained in so long I had no agenda, and we should just follow his schedule. It was press day, and the first thing Marco and I dealt with was his bench form.



Not long before I filmed this vid we'd had to drag a spare bench into the HS rack and I'd been giving Spart some pointers when an older gentleman remarked:
"Isn't that bad for your spine?", referring to Spart's now pronounced back arch. I said no, as it followed the natural curvature of the spine.
"I've never seen that before." he followed. I shrugged my shoulders. "I learned it from Powerlifters."
He left after that, and made a regular bench available for us to continue practicing.

Then it was on to some 'lazy man's clean pressing', where Spart taught me a thing or two about fast twitch muscle fibres, and how they are awesome.

At my suggestion we finished off with some 'bro muscle' training - pinwheel curls (to fit in ) and I was pretty much spent by then, so we called it a day and grabbed a Boost Juice.

Spart: it was fantastic meeting you, and you're always welcome to crash with me if you make it over to the West Coast brother.
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Old 08-07-2011, 05:19 AM   #2
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Great vid. Sweet to see MAB guys in motion.
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Old 08-07-2011, 06:06 AM   #3
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very nice, glad to hear you two had a good work out.

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Sounds like you had a great time. Will check the video if my Internet ever starts working again

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Spart has some GREAT tekkers on the cleans. Fast elbows.

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Thanks for the update. Looks like a great time.

We all wish we could be there, not just for the iron, but also to have you guys show us some of the local grub and pub.

Marco looks like he has a great grasp of form, and Abaddon looks like a gentle giant.

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That's just awesome!
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Great write up!! It was a great day!!! Next time I will have more time and you can crash at mine with a large bbq and food .

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Definitely. I am envious.
Thanks guys!!! I just need to eat more hahaha.
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Great meet!
Awesome to see the family getting along so well! -lol!

Spart, you must be such an anomaly in that gym.
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