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Q: Hi Brad, thanks for taking time out of your busy schedule to chat with us today! What’s new with Mr. Gillingham?
Well, 2015 has been a busy year so far with work, coaching, training and following my kids’ sporting events. It’s great to be busy and always have something going on. I am looking forward to my upcoming competition schedule.
Q: We know you had a rough year with training especially after finding a blood clot in your calf after competing in the IPF Invitational Classic (RAW) Pacific Cup in Australia, how has your training been since you got cleared to start again?
A 14 week prescription on blood thinners is not a good recipe for heavy training. My upper body stayed fairly strong, but my legs and back got very weak in a short amount of time. I tried to maintain a light speed squat regiment to maintain some strength in the legs, but gave up full squats after 4 weeks. The blood clot is gone and my training is progressing, but I have a long ways to go to get back to where I was prior to my medical issue.
Q: I know you’re currently prepping for the BetaTOR/PEAK ATP Pro Deadlift at the Arnold Sports Festival, what kind of training prep are you implementing to get ready for it?
I have been alternating rack pulls and full deadlifts on Monday along with front squats, box squats, rows, leg press and mobility work. Wednesday starts with mobility work followed by heavy bench press and upper body assistance exercises. Friday is my heavy squat day followed by light bench, shoulder press, bent rows, GHR, reverse hyper, kettle bell swings and other assistance.
Q: Do you have any special nutrition regimen you follow going into a competition?
I try to supplement well with GNC Products: HMB, Creatine, Branch Chain Amino Acid 5000, 100% Whey, Tri-Flex, Fish Oil, and eat a good high protein diet.
Q: After the Arnold, what other competitions do you have planned for 2015?
I plan to compete in May at the TSI & Metabolic Technologies Empire Classic Pro Deadlift meet in Spokane, WA and at the USAPL RAW Nationals later in the fall.
Q: What traits do you think it takes to become a great deadlifter/powerlifter?
You have to be mentally strong, have an appetite for hard work, and have the ability to tolerate being in pain on a regular basis. It is my opinion that strength athletes train as hard, or harder than any other athlete.
Q: How has HMB helped you in your training and reaching your goals?
I have been supplementing for several years with GNC Pro Performance HMB. I have found that HMB not only helps with my energy level throughout the workout, but helps with my recovery and decreases delayed onset muscle soreness. I can train longer, train harder and train more often.
Q: Having a lot of years of experience in strength training what would you say is the most important thing people should know to keep longevity in their sports/training?
Learn how to train properly and make your mission to get stronger a long term goal. You have to have a vision of where you want to be in one year, five years, ten years, and beyond rather than try to obtain all of your goals overnight. Getting strong and staying strong is a life long journey.
Q: Any other shout outs or info you want to share with everyone?
I would like to thank Team HMB, GNC, Titan, Jackals Gym and all of my family and friends for all of your support!
Thanks again Brad for taking the time to chat with us today and we wish you all the best with your upcoming competitions!