The Vinny Jones Zone

New beginnings Posted on 26 Jan 11:43 , 0 comments

Well the launch of Strom Nutrition’s HQ/shop/hang out/batcave is nearly upon us. A great testament to hard work from lots of different people to get the whole thing off the ground. From meagre surroundings in Richard’s kitchen/shed to a retail store in a prime location is no mean feat. Big congrats to all.

This got me thinking about how we make a new start or take an idea and then run with it to a natural conclusion. Strength training, for many, begins in this way. We either want to change our body or our mindset. Or we set a new challenge for ourselves either by moving from one sport to another. Or maybe many of us take that step from being a gym rat to a competing athlete.

However you make that step, hard work is always the backbone. Frustration, commitment, resolve, focus. Make sure it’s something you enjoy though.


Well my training has been piecemeal due to moving house, illness, sorting out child access blah blah blah. I’m still nailing my big lifts though. Dreadful session at the Farm with legend Dave Meer and the guys but I came away learning more than hurting. It’s all progress whether physical or mental. Ant Brown helped fix up my deadlift form and I can now pull “back” more than “up” which if you notice on my previous video I tend to drive up a weight rather than sit back with it. I felt so much more comfortable so I’m hoping 320kg breaks in the next 3 months. That’s my target anyway (and 300kg for a set of 3).

Business plans

Well Venom Tacky is nearly up and running as a fully-fledged business. As always there are stumbling blocks but the key thing is February is going to be a busy month for the brand and lots of samples will be going out. A new secret formula, or brand-X, will be released in March time and was developed with the research of a Chemical Engineer. A few more tests and I think it will be ready.

Alongside this is a the release of Venom Saltz – a bottle of smelling salts to get you up for a big lift and in a double walled pot which means no leaking, no seeping, no “sweating” which kills the half-life of the product. It will also be fixed at a good price point considering the quality and size of the product.

I’m hoping that it will be taken up by lots of different athletes to get them up for a lift or people in general when they need focus. Brenda the dinner lady will be shovelling mash potato onto your plate quicker than shit flies off a shovel.

The work on a training drink is in the mix, if you pardon the pun (actually, no, you can’t pardon the pun because it is fucking genius). We’re looking at the summer time before this becomes available but it will be available through Strom for sampling so look out for that.


New meal plan goes into full swing from next Monday. Kerry and I will have moved house and we will finally have a freezer. No excuses then. I’ll be focusing on egg whites and meat as the backbone of my diet. The rest will be made up of homemade spicy tomato sauces, rice, cottage cheese, water, oxygen. You know, generally if it grew from the ground or ran/flew at some point it is ok.

Just need someone to tell me how to grow my own cottage cheese as I think it will be cheaper.

Strongman 101 posts

Well the strongman season enters into full swing soon. So I WILL get around to posting up a 3 part series about what you’re going to need at a comp or how I think people should prepare. But good luck to all in your prep.

I start back on the 9th of August at Tawarden’s Strongest Man comp… then a Manimal team event in Rotherham on the 15th before Tamworth’s Strongest Man on the 22nd where I’ll be vying for a podium finish of some kind. Then all focus will be on the England’s Strongest Man qualifiers in 2016.

*And yes, I’m quite aware that cottage cheese does not grow for fucks sake. You obviously have to hunt it.


Greetings! Posted on 28 Dec 21:33 , 0 comments

A little about me…

I’m 32, a Dad of 2 brilliant boys and engaged to a wonderful gal. Nothing marks me out as being anything special aside from what my family and friends see in me. If you meet me in the street, I’m easy going and have a dry witty sense of humour. Online I can be a little bit to the point. Knowledge wise, I want to know EVERYTHING about EVERYTHING.

What I do, that marks me out as different to the average person, is that I compete in strongman. Yes; flipping tyres, picking up heavy shit, damaging my body in new and interesting ways… you get the drift.

I’ve torn muscle, broken bone, ripped ligament, dislocated limbs, thrown a bit of blood out of my nose under pressure. You could say I’m demented. You could argue I’m accident prone and shouldn’t be allowed within 100 feet of strongman equipment. I dunno. But it doesn’t mark me out as something special. Just different.

I’ve met a lot of good guys during my time in the sport. Met a lot of bad ones too. Such is life. I guess I take it to heart if someone doesn’t like me and thinks I’m one of the bad guys. But hey, can’t please everyone all of the time.

So have I achieved anything? Well, yes. Lots of personal goals. I started competing in 2013. Finished top 4th in my first novice show against a guys who have gone onto win comps (and one even lifted a 190kg log this year so the standard was good). Then I had a go at Bodypower where I finished 9th beating a friend in the process who everyone tipped to beat me.

Then I won England’s Most Powerful Man (novices… ssshhhhh) when EVERYONE I spoke to said I had no chance

What happened next was not so nice... I tore my shoulder up in three places (RC, labrum, bicep tendon) and the surgeon predicted I’d never lift anything overhead again. 8 months later, I popped up a 140kg press. I then competed 3 times starting off with a 20th place finish at Bodypower in the Heavies class against guys like Mariusz Lalas, Graham Hicks, Mick Brown, Adam Bishop… then went onto finish 4th behind a good friend Mark (who came second at the England’s comp I won) at Tamworths Strongest Man… then I finished 2nd at a Charity comp in Birmingham (although I dropped out of the points as I was guest lifting.. still, I beat some VERY good strongmen in that comp).

Anyway, I guess you could say I’m the type of guy who likes proving people wrong.

So what now? Well I’m back to blogging, keeping a video diary and aiming for a spot competing at Britain’s Strongest Man. I’m giving myself a 4 year plan to get there. And this blog will survive for as long as I stay the course or they get rid of me.

I train with some good guys and have trained with some of the best (Simon Johnston, Graham Hicks, Dave Meer, Mikey Lane, Stig Parker, Sean O'Hagan, Alex Curletto). So I've picked up a lot of knowledge along the way and I know what it takes to get to their level. As for whether I will...??? I'll give it a good go.

So what will this blog contain? Mainly my training thoughts, a bit of a weekly diary, some hints and tips, stuff I've learned, random philosophies and gym shit. Might talk a little about PEDS and peptides along the way... but if you have things you want to ask then please do and I'll create a weekly Q&A.

Big thanks to Richard Foster and Strom Nutrition for this platform. They are heading in the right direction that's or sure!

This is a timid start to what will be a brutal process. But I’m all about opinions and pissing people off it seems. But some of you might like to read the journey?

So let’s see how it goes...