6 Things Not to say to throwers

Sometimes when you are walking through the bush you may stumble across a snake sunning itself and minding its own business. A good way to get bitten by the poisonous little fella is if you go and annoy it. Throwers can be much the same.

Here are a few tips to prevent all the non-throwers out there from getting bitten!

1. You can just eat whatever you want right? You don’t need to diet.

Being an elite athlete requires elite nutrition. The things we put into our systems effect how we perform. So the answer to this is “No!”
If you look at the top of the tree in throwing world most of us are specimens of athleticism. We are not diabetic, heart attack candidates who have had a lightbulb moment whilst stuffing our faces at our local fast food restaurant and decided we might try and be the worlds best and throwing things.

Pre Training Load!

Pre Training Load!

2. Please don’t drop the weights!

The main reason you don’t see us around public gyms is because the general public don’t know how to behave around us. We sweat, yell, listen to loud music and throw loads of weight around. So if you even see us smashing a weights session and you might think its a good idea to ask us to be quiet or “don’t drop the weights” tweet about it instead. You might get a better response because we aint listening!

3. Throwing training is mainly upper body weights right?

This is 100% correct. All we do is bench and bicep curls. We don’t need our legs at all when we throw they are just there to hold up our massive torso! You could pretty much just stand in the ring and wind up your arms and throw your implement to outer-space.
Kindly remove yourself from your chair and smack yourself in the face with it.

Bench PB: 280kg Squat PB: 40kg

Bench PB: 280kg
Squat PB: 40kg

(For the ladies)
4. You are fit but you still look really feminine.

This is not a compliment for many female throwers. Either people are super surprised throwers aren’t obese blobs who can’t run and had no choice but to throw or, for the ladies, they are “strong” and surprisingly they still look “like a woman”
Its strangely curious to me, before instagram and #fitspo and #fitnessmodel were around, girls with lean muscle were “butch” or “dykey” Now there are over 19,000,0000 posts of the same females online and all of a sudden they are beautiful.
News flash people, these girls have been around for ages. They are amazing athletes who look fantastic and deserve a high five for being so awesome. They don’t need to be put in a dress to restore all hopes of “femininity”

ásdís hjálmsdóttir

ásdís hjálmsdóttir

5. You can’t throw here its dangerous and ruins the grass!

This is nearly my number one pet hate. You are all warmed up, and Grounds Keeper Willy rolls over on his ride on cart to tell you that your implements ruin his sacred grass.  News flash Willy, if it wasn’t for us you would have no job. Be thankful that we are giving you something to do. Its even worse when the Diamond League use it as an excuse to not host your event even when there have been throws meets in the exact same stadium on the exact same grass!

Pain everywhere!

Pain everywhere!

6. Throwers don’t train hard like runners. They just lift weights and throw.

I had an interesting discussion with a 400m runner who insisted that throwers would never experience the kind of hurt that they did. That a true measure of hard training was when he “threw up after a lactic set” Naturally I was impressed but sometimes its best to just stay quiet and hope that these types of people never breed.

Here is your medal for "hard training"

Here is your medal for “hard training”

Black Forest (cake) Germany

Dad and I popped over to the Black Forrest in Germany and were surprised not to find any cake. Lots of sausage, beer and sunshine.

Managed to catch up with old mates Adam and Courtney Kuehl too! It has been years!!

Special thanks to Claus Schmiederer and Werner Daniels for taking care of us.

“Yes I DO!”

   
         

Doping and “Dopes” in Sport

In the light of recent happenings with drugs in sport in Australia and, for the most part, around the world, things just don’t seem to make any sense.

I was always under the impression that as athletes, WE are the ones responsible for everything that is in our system regardless of whether or not we are poorly advised or contaminated.

I have recently been instructed to complete ASADA’s eLearning protocol which outlines these strong points time and time again yet it just doesn’t seem to stand up at the 11th hour when responsibility and accountability need to be addressed!

read and understand!

read and understand!

When there seems to be several figure salaries and massive profit margins in sport, the business of “who is guilty” seems to be blind-sided and blame is removed and redirected from the athletes themselves. Where are the bans??

Pretty Simple!

Pretty Simple!

Then we have this point addressing coaching and all staff surrounding each sport yet we still have ignorance! “I wasn’t aware” is not reasonable! Every coach has to do the ASADA eLearning protocol ESPECIALLY if they are being paid a full time wage. The “head in the sand” approach is an insult on our intelligence.

hmmm

hmmm

what to pick?

what to pick?

Where are the bans? 

It is a disgrace that athletes who may forget to file whereabouts are sanctioned, and you can actually have a PROHIBITED SUBSTANCE in your body that YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR and nothing happens! No sanctions!

Makes it very difficult to respect the Anti Doping authorities if they aren’t protecting sport and its fairness. I surely cannot refuse a drug test based on the belief that the Anti Doping agencies may or may not be competent! Who’s to say my sample may or may not be contaminated in that case?

Speak up! Help keep our sport safe and clean and free from hypocrisy. There are more and more athletes getting reduced bans and “special” considerations being considered and the war on doping is being laughed at. Then there is that knife through the heart when multi billion dollar companies SUPPORT known cheats!

Amen

Amen

For more information about the policies of drugs in sport, you can even take the eLearning course yourself here.

#QOTW

“Society has put up so many boundaries, so many limitations on what’s right and wrong that it’s almost impossible to get a pure thought out. It’s like a little kid, a little boy, looking at colours, and no one told him what colours are good, before somebody tells you you shouldn’t like pink because that’s for girls, or you’d instantly become a gay two-year-old. Why would anyone pick blue over pink? Pink is obviously a better colour. Everyone’s born confident, and everything’s taken away from you” 
Kanye West

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Fashion tips for the larger gent!

With so many fantastic shapes and sizes in the throwing community, being a bigger gent can sometimes have its issues when trying to look our best. Here are a few foolproof tips to ensure stepping out in style is not a disaster.
1. If i can see your Vastus Medialis in your jeans, they are too tight.
All those squats, thrusters and dead lifts make for a cutting edge lower body. Problem is, your waist is still skinny and buying a pant that caters for your waist and quads can be difficult. In fact thinking of it makes me the sweat like a gypsy with a mortgage. Look for a pant with elasticity. A pant that hugs the leg, not strangles it. This might mean you have to spend a little more than average but once you have a couple a good pairs you are set. Tone down the tightness with darker colours, blacks and deep blues. The lighter tones just don’t compliment the larger gent.
* extra tip: don’t wash your jeans, (unless you stain them badly) when they get smelly put them in the freezer for a few hours. This will ensure they keep their shape and the wash stays strong.
No, just NO!

No, just NO!

Yes!

Yes!

2. Button down shirts, minus the button bulge.
You are in the change room with a shirt that you want to believe is going compliment your recent pant purchase. The length is spot on, it contours your lats and stomach nicely and then you do up the second last button from the neck and stand neutral posture and “Boom!” there is the deal breaker! The button bulge. If you are like me and your man-pecs are on the larger side this happens 99.5% of the time. Don’t push your shoulders forward so it disappears, be honest with yourself. On the plus side this will allow for that extra size you get after you get your “swole” on
Perfect!

Perfect!

3. Singlets are for training, comps and skinny folks.
The meer fact that most of us throwers are 195cm+ and 115+kgs screams “you are big”. I know what you thinking “what do we care?” and you are right! however a nicely fit shirt shows off our hard work without saying, “look at me, look at me” Save the singlets for when functionality is important and for the vegan hipsters who love showing off their amazing ribcages.
Looks awesome!

Looks awesome!

4. No White, No Way!
The title says it all. White just does not work for the larger gentleman. Whether it be pants, shorts or shirts save the white for the models and folks under 80 kilos. I’m all for pushing a colour  limit and self expression but white just doesn’t suit us. Get it. Save it for the pope, priests and people with a penchant for being hit on at 4:37am on a saturday night.
looks like a wombat in a paper bag

looks like a wombat in a paper bag

5. Flares are for ABBA, and Bootcut pants are to go with….boots.
Unless you live in the USA and tapered jeans/pants are like hens teeth there is really no excuse for not having a pair of pants that fit your body. For some of my American friends i feel like patience gets the better of them and they get to the end of their shopping day with “nothing fits, i’m just gonna buy me some boot cuts or flares and wear my sneakers with them” The “Jerry Seinfield” if you like. I’m not saying bootcut pants are bad, they look great with a pair of boots thats all. Hang in there men, there is hope for you but maybe wait until you get to somewhere like Sweden to go shopping.
So much nope!

So much nope!

6. Update your undergarments.
I don’t know about you, but if i’m rolling with a decent pair of man-jocks on I feel fresh, clean and ready for a potential public undie run. Nowadays the pants you have on sit slightly below your jock line and potential cuddle buddies aren’t going to be impressed or “put in the mood” with a pair of crusty busted old jocks that are discoloured and full of holes. Like my Dad always says, “Bad jocks make you look as broke as a bankrupt’s bastard”
Hello Ladies!

Hello Ladies!

7. Accessorise, access-for-eyes.
Some larger gentlemen are a little bit “funny” when it comes to accessories and this is where there is so much room to individualise. Depending on your age, classic and timeless peaces like a smart looking watch can really compliment an outfit. Also items like a slim subtle bracelets says, “i’m big, but I’m gentle and i pay attention to detail” Take the time to choose something unique and fine. Something that shows off some of your character. Just be mindful of overkilling masculinity. Remember you are already bigger than most humans.
* extra tip: I love to collect leather goods and headwear. There are some gems out there to be found, and shaping a hat to fit your head and style exuberates confidence and class.
Hope this has helped!
B x
Killing It!

Killing It!