Our SIXPAX buddy 180 degrees gym is located in both Bournemouth and Sandbanks, specialising in strength and conditioning. Two of the SIXPAX team had the pleasure of being invited to a session with the fabulous and talented Kevin Yeung! We wanted to improve our lifting technique and get some new ideas on training methods to keep us inspired.
Kevin started the session off by sharing his sporting and lifting background, that he has developed over the last 10 years, additional to his degree in strength and conditioning. And that was the last time Bradley and I would enjoy anything leisurely for the next 90 minutes!! ;)
We broke into the session by working some mobility into the hips and loosening the joint and surrounding areas in preparation for our squats. Although Kevin was complementary about our form there was still work to be done. Both Bradley and I needed to drill down with the feet on our squats as well as push out into the knees, enabling us a more solid foundation to lift from. We were also introduced to a gruelling 5-2-1 tempo! Which was especially hard for me with a -10 ability to be powerful. Kevin maintained the importance of mobility by having both of us holding a deep squat in a resistance band, ensuring we held the knees out to the side. Ouch! But it made the hip area feel incredible for every squat set.
We moved onto what is Bradleys very favourite thing ever. . .Deadlifts! Once again Kevin opened our eyes to some new training methods and ways to improve our technique! Specifically keeping the bar close to the shins, with what he calls couples therapy!! (Having your swole mate tie a resistance band to the bar and as you lift the bar, your swole mate gently pulls on the resistance band to prompt you to keep the bar close). Worked a treat, although I think we will be keeping up with the couples therapy sessions with Kevin for the next short while! Bradley is a regular for maxing out his deadlifts 2-3 times per week, so Kevin suggested 10 sets of 3-4 reps at 40% of his maximum with 60-90 seconds recovery between each set to promote power without chronically fatiguing the body on that lift.
The session was filled with other lift changing tips and hints, which you should most certainly book an appointment with Kevin to learn and implement into your own sessions. But we finished off with Kevin pushing us to maximise our weight load on eccentric loaded/ negative pull ups. According to Kevin you can manage a lot more than you would imagine. With his help, Bradley and I most certainly did!!
Check out 180 degrees gym – both locations offer good rates to use the gym as a member – and also the talented Kevin Yeung.
Train hard, stay strong.