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Good training at Gloria Sports Arena

Our training camp here in Belek, Turkey is going well. On our 4th day we had a tremendous training day.

Daniel Ståhl threw very far today in the discus and is getting ready for the outdoor season. Throws around 70m are now a daily thing for Daniel. Then he lifted great in the weight room as well and almost did 3x190kg in the bench and an easy 3x260kg in the squats, great stuff.

Jakob Gardenkrans threw well also around 60m that is great for him and he is developing all the time and taking steps towards a new level both in the weight room and in the throwing circle. He is getting ready for maxing out later during the camp in squats and bench and it looks like he is going to smash his squats record of 200kg with 20-30kg.

Fanny Roos is training very hard and is on a very tough program with lots of reps and the goal is to get her stronger on this camp and throw lots of good technical throws with heavier implements etc. So far she is doing well and lifting great, struggling a little with the feeling but it is normal when you train so much volume. The goal is to throw 4.5kg here over 17m and she is mostly throwing 18-18.40m with the 4kg right now.

Simon Pettersson is coming back into throwing after resting from it for a while due to a groin pain. During the time off he used his time to lift a lot and did well. He is now on his second week back and is throwing technically really well with low intensity. The goal is that he will be back in top shape at the end of May, it looks good.

Marcus Thomsen is in a similar period as Fanny after their indoor shot put season they are doing lots of volume and Marcus is struggling a bit with a little back sprain, but he is doing well. He is big and strong but slow due to the volume in the program but working well and generally throwing nicely. He will be fine by time. Marcus did 5x220kg in squats last week that shows pretty much where he is. He is throwing 19.50-20.00m in practice that is fine for this period.

Martin Kupper is going through a very exciting period in his career. He is bigger and stronger than ever and he is getting very close to handle his new technique so to speak or the adjustments we have been doing all winter. Today he threw farther than he has ever done with none reverse throwing something between 60-62m. Martin will hopefully get this together during this season or next to use his strength and power and throw farther than ever, I believe he will.

Kristo Galeta is a very powerful and fast guy. Today he did 3x230kg in front squats easy. If he manages to learn to throw the shot with a decent rotational technique he will surprise lot of people. The main goal is to break the Estonian indoor and outdoor records in the next two years and he will do that if he learns how to throw.

Our guest Rait Sinajerv, Daniella Persson and Viktor Gardenkrans are doing great. Rait threw a training PB in the discus today 51.60m not bad for a 38 year old that had never touched discus or shot four years ago. Daniella is also a 19 year old beginner that threw 49.20m today in practice in the discus, and gets better every day. The happiest guy today was Viktor Gardenkrans that threw a training PB in the shot with 18.43m, great for him and nice to se.

Lots of clips to look at and pictures from the camp down under, enjoy it!

VH

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Our athletes in 2019

DISCUS THROW
1 Daniel Stahl 71.86m
2 Martin Kupper 65.30m
3 Simon Pettersson 65.03m
4 Nick Percy 62.09m
5 Niklas Arrhenius 62.02m
6 J Gardenkrans 59.50m
7 Mesud Pezer 57.31m
8 Marcus Thomsen 48.55m
     
1 Fanny Roos 55.67m
SHOT PUT
1 Mesud Pezer 21.48m
2 Kristo Galeta 20.76m
3 Marcus Thomsen 20.58m
4 Niklas Arrhenius 18.50m
     
1 Fanny Roos 18.88m
WEIGHT THROW
1 Nick Percy 20.52m