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Owen Gayle
Owen Gayle
Owen Gayle
Owen Gayle
Owen Gayle

Owen Gayle

Before I started training at WHS I was a semi-professional MMA flyweight. I have since turned professional and am now in the top 6 flyweight’s in the UK and if I wasn’t training at WHS I don’t reckon I would have achieved this. It’s been well worth the investment….

WHS: What do you feel you have achieved since you’ve been at WHS?
OG: Before I started training at WHS I was a semi-professional MMA flyweight. I have since turned professional and am now in the top 6 flyweight’s in the UK and if I wasn’t training at WHS I don’t reckon I would have achieved this. It’s been well worth the investment. WHS has helped me improve all of my physical capabilities, and it’s been a continuous improvement every fight I’ve gone into since. These improvements have also had a knock on effect on increasing my confidence in my own fighting ability.
WHS: What was your training like before WHS?
OG: I used to train like a bodybuilder. It used to be 3 sets of 8 reps with the focus on beach muscles!
WHS: What’s unique about the training we do?
OG: The most unique thing would be the structural balance tests. These help set my targets that are specific to my MMA goals. You are only as strong as your weakest link. Also I was told to ditch the cardio. Before I used to do running on a treadmill and go for jogs for 30-45 minutes at a time. The coaches told me this was negatively affecting my power and conditioning, which makes sense as I don’t run around the ring away from my opponents!
WHS: What was your nutrition like before WHS?
OG: I used to eat whatever I wanted, when I wanted! Junk food, pizzas, chips, you name it. I had no structure either, I used to think I’m hungry so I’ll eat! That soon changed. Not just because I had to, after learning about what effect foods have I wanted to stay away from them.

I used to worry a lot about cutting weight but now it’s quite easy to knock off 5kg and then put it back on in time for the fight. Keeping track of my BioSignature keeps me on target and means I can make small adjustments when needed

WHS: How has BioSignature helped you?
OG: It’s helped me monitor exactly where my body fat is. When I first started I thought I was quite lean and was measured at 10.2%. 8 weeks later I was 2.6%! The coaches’ knowledge made cutting weight easier and corrected the bad practices I used before such as starving myself or hitting the sauna. I used to worry a lot about cutting weight but now it’s quite easy to knock off 5kg and then put it back on in time for the fight. Keeping track of my BioSignature keeps me on target and means I can make small adjustments when needed.
WHS: How has Trigenics and Active Release Techniques helped you?
OG: Being a fighter I always get injured so they’ve helped me get me back into the ring as soon as possible and they are only one of 2 places in Europe that are qualified Trigenics Trainers. I train 6 days a week MMA and 4 days a week at WHS and I’m miserable when injured!
WHS: What have you learned?
OG: I’ve actually done a Personal Trainer course myself and I learnt more from the initial BioSignature consultation and structural balance tests than I did on the whole of the course! Every single variable in my program from rest to the tempo of exercises is controlled.
WHS: What would you tell others about your experience of WHS?
OG: I would tell them that the training is always changing and that you’ll get results. You will also learn loads. You don’t just come in and train, you get told why you’re doing things. It’s also enjoyable and I look forward to it. Apart from sled drags, they mess me up!
WHS: In one sentence what makes us different to other gyms?
OG: You actually make people’s goals happen
WHS: What’s next for you?
OG: My ultimate goal is to make UFC when they introduce the flyweight category but for now I’m concentrating on becoming the #1 flyweight in the UK and then Europe.

Gains

  • 10.2% to 2.6% body fat
  • From unranked to top 6 fighter in UK
  • Increased confidence

Sound good to you?

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  • How to Improve Your Log Clean

    The log clean can be the deciding factor as to whether you get the lift up or not, a lot of the time you see people clean the log and think to yourself oh my god they are going to DIE!

    Over the years we have seen a vast array of log cleans, some good some not so good. In the early years of WSM they used a flick of the hips with a big bicep curl to get it to the chest nowadays it has become an art to perfect the log clean using minimal effortZ

    When watching other athletes for tips pick the guys who know what they are doing and have a respectable log, there is no point in taking advise from some on who looks like they have gone 10 rounds with Mike Tyson can’t stand up wobbling all over the show.

    I use two forms of clean when training client. One is a squat clean the other is a power clean, I know you will get a load of keyboard warriors going on that you can’t do a power clean on a log but it is what I refer to the movement as.

    I will break down each part of both cleans and explain what I do.

    Squat Clean

    I will always favour the squat clean over the power clean for a heavy log or 1RM attempt, the reason why is you be more energy efficient with a squat clean to get the log to the chest.

    To start I will tilt the handles forward on a log allowing me to be closer when I start my pick up, as I start to pick up I make sure I stand all the way up into a deadlift finish position you see far too many people scoop the log onto their lap before they stood up this puts the muscles under a lot of tension and not allowing them to fully lengthen before preforming the squat.

    SlaterWhen squatting down with the log I make sure I pull it in close to my body not allowing for too much movement, when I squat down I don’t like to spend too much time in the bottom position as I believe this can make the clean harder.

    When squatting down with the log you should think of your muscles like an elastic band as you squat down quick and power up it’s like when you stretch an elastic band and let it go its pings back quick!

    This will allow you to come up quicker, making sure you are still keeping the log tight and close to you pop up through your toes driving your heels down and pushing you elbows forward and up to the celling as much as you physically can and stabilizing the log on your chest.

    A few of us that are larger around the abdominal can pull the log on top of our belly as we squat down making life 10 times easier when we have the whole body behind the log.

    Think of the movement like this

    • Log deadlift
    • Log squat
    • Log squat clean

    Breaking them down like this will help you practise the movement in training and get you to think about each part more.

    Strive to perfect each one of these movements one by one until you can get the clean to flow as easy as Big Z does.

    Here is an example of the each movement put into a complex

    Power Clean

    The Power clean is a movement I will warm up with as it is also indirect hamstring and lower back work, power cleaning the log will benefit you in competitions where you have clean and press for reps…. when you get the feeling your dying after it because your body can’t understand why you would want to do more than 5 reps.

    This movement will take a little more time to perfect as it is not so easy to break down as the squat clean is, I will post a link at the end of this so you can see the video too.Hixxy

    The start position is the same with this as the squat clean so start with the handles tilted forward to keep the log close this time as you come up you want to move in one motion to the chest and to do the you need to get your hips forward and triple extend through your ankles, knees and hips.

    This will give you the momentum you need to roll the log up to your chest, with this movement it is something that you need to start light and perfect but once you have it can give you a few seconds on a head to head for reps

    Here is the link to the Power Clean & Push Press

    When the clean becomes as easy as a hot knife through butter it will automatically help improve you max, if you use less energy in the clean it means you have more energy to press its science…. Well maybe not exact science.

    Any questions feel free to email me at aaron@winninghealthsolutions.co.uk, make sure you follow me on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter

    Aaron

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