COACHES

JAMES GARRAD

Strongman and Powerlifting

A Former Competitive Strongman with a background in Rugby and Contact Sports from Sheffield England.

Greatest Achievement:

Represented Great Britain at the 2016 Arnold Classic in Columbus Ohio at the World Amateur Strongman Championships.

Personal bests:

370KG Deadlift

210KG Bench

345KG Squat

180KG OHP

36 Tonne Truck Pull


Favorite things to train:

Deadlift and Log

Background:

Started training at the age of 19 to support other sporting activities, moved to heavy training at 23 incorporating powerlifting at first and then later Strongman.

Key Influences:

Coan, Bolton, Simmons, Big Z, Savatinov, KK, Mentzer, Kokleyev, Malanichev, Kazmier, Shaw, Pritchett, Reeves, Pavel, Arcdi, Kenady, Capes, Yates, Larratt, Thompson, Glossop

Training philosophy:

Strength is not gained by linear progression, so it’s simple you’re in for a rough time if you want to get better. It’s intensity over frequency for me! You train something hard enough and correctly once a week then you’ve got the job done Rotation is going to keep your body guessing, force it to grow and get stronger. Doing the same thing over and over is just going to make you stagnate. So workouts, training cycles have to have different focal points. Weaknesses need to be made into strengths. Maximal Effort, Dynamic Effort and Explosive Power are your best friends. Compound heavy lifts, need balancing with explosive movements that develop speed and reaction times. Remember that Core and functional strength balance your body and make you more powerful statically. So you need to work across all plains of movement. Training is not just done in the weight room, it’s done at home, at work, in your head. Take steps through the day to maximize your output when you need it. Have Fun.

Coaching Mantra:

Everybody is different, each person has different capabilities based on various attributes from bio mechanics, pain reception, and mental aptitude and so on. You must treat every person you coach and program individually and tailor the fundamentals you believe in to them and adapt the intensity of training to suit their progress while doing everything possible to optimize recovery. Stay true to the knowledge and the methods you have tried and tested but never cookie cut programs, show your own ability to adapt and think outside the box. Make yourself a better coach wherever possible to lead by example and dedicate you time equally to each person and invest in their road to achievement. Communicate, a piece of paper with numbers on isn’t going to tell you how your athlete is feeling in advance or on the day, be intuitive and most important show you care. We’re in this together!