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Richard Maunders
Richard Maunders
Richard Maunders
Richard Maunders
Richard Maunders
Richard Maunders

Richard Maunders

I always say that the equipment and trainers are far beyond anything else in Hampshire and to try it out as it’s well worth the investment. I wouldn’t train anywhere else!

WHS: What do you feel you have achieved since you’ve been at WHS?
RM: I have a greater knowledge of training, better physique, my body fat has dropped dramatically, my strength has increased and I’ve learnt a lot about proper exercise technique.
WHS: You’re a PT yourself, what effect has training at WHS had on your own PT business?
RM: It’s had a huge effect. The way I train people has changed for the better. My program design has improved. I understand the science behind things more which helps me explain it all to clients. Most importantly my confidence in producing results has increased. It’s also shown me that there is a need to constantly learn.
WHS: What are the most important things you have learned?
RM: At first I was very naive as I thought I’d learnt enough but there is so much information out there and it’s always evolving. The most important thing I learnt was to squat below parallel. I showed one of the coaches my 1RM squat in a video to which they laughed! It wasn’t that it was a light weight, it’s that the range of movement was 3-4 inches. I now squat leaving a stain on the floor as it’s not worth the punishment! I’ve also learnt that the body is stronger than you give it credit for. You can’t be afraid to push past limits!
WHS: What was your training like before WHS?
RM: It consisted of 3 sets of 10. Pretty boring, bog standard and that’s even after going on a Personal Trainer course. I’ve since learnt 100s of new methods that I use with my own clients. If I’m honest training used to be a chore and now I look forward to it even when I’m in a bad mood. I suppose it’s my escapism from the real world.

Your whole lifestyle is analysed and not just your training. Also the trainers actually want you to get results and are not happy if you’re not.

WHS: What are your most enjoyable sessions?
RM: I absolutely love one day cures. The atmosphere and banter throughout the day is brilliant and you get a real feel good feeling when you’ve finished. Except when I fell off a bench much to the amusement of 15 other trainees! Also the results speak for themselves. A close second would be strongman training, especially tyre wars.
WHS: What would you tell others about your experience of WHS?
RM: I always say that the equipment and trainers are far beyond anything else in Hampshire and to try it out as it’s well worth the investment. I wouldn’t train anywhere else!
WHS: What’s makes Winning Health Solutions unique?
RM: Your whole lifestyle is analysed and not just your training. Also the trainers actually want you to get results and are not happy if you’re not. It’s the only gym I’ve seen without any treadmills and unless you want to meet the prowler I wouldn’t ask why! The atmosphere of semi-private training is brilliant. I am one of the louder members and love to help encourage others at the gym and I get the same in return.
WHS: What was your normal nutrition like before WHS?
RM: I would say it was media oriented. I used to eat ‘healthy’ cereals, sandwiches and drank lots of red bull!
WHS: How has BioSignature helped you?
RM: It has showed me I need to take whole day into account. Having my body fat measured weekly keeps me motivated & focused as I like goals. I’m also thinking about my results before the next session. It’s not just physique improvement. I sleep better, I’m happier due to controlling my stress. It has a knock on effect in my business and given me direction as I’m able to apply what I’ve learnt.
WHS: What’s next for you?
RM: I want to be sub 5% for a whole year and deadlift 250kg, I can currently do 210kg. With regards to business goals I want to go on some Poliquin courses and open up my own gym.


  • 20.1% to 11.8% body fat in 12 weeks
  • Improved own PT Business
  • Greater knowledge of training

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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


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