Monthly Archives: January 2013

2013 – an adventure

As we move into 2013 the adventure begins. What will the year hold for us all, ups and downs guaranteed I’m sure. The one thing we can control is our approach to the year, we can take it by the horns and like a pro bull rider hold on for the duration resulting in a tremendous ride no matter how long. So let’s do this thing.

Evolution Gym had an amazing year last year, our awesome members out did themselves with competing, achieving personal goals and supporting each other. Again this year they are off to a great start with personal goals set and step by step plans being developed.

A number of members extended their families last year becoming parents either for the first time or more, a big congratulations to everyone, welcome to the new young people and ace to see you all working hard in the gym to keep fit enough to keep up with the juniors……

The Olympics, jubilee, Tour de France and Ryder cup amongst other events spurred us all into action, proud to be British like no time in my life to date we found a new patriotic pride and desire to belong to Great Britain. Even without these events we are a great people and we should believe in ourselves. 2013 is no different and I am proud to be British, proud of Evolution gym and proud of all our abilities. The legacy continues…….

There were some amazing results last year,

Dan Shirt qualified for the Natural British Strongman Final.

Team Evo Strongman

Kelly Freeman took the stage by storm in the NPA, BNBF and NABBA – crowned British Heavyweight Champion with the NPA and European Champ was amazing and in NABBA winning the qualifier, finishing 2nd at the British and 6th in Universe was great.

Emma Dodds took to the stage for the first time and created a niche, with a move we named the Dodds she created elegant shapes and showed off her physique beautifully.

Mick Green third in NABBA Central over 50s – a great show of consistency year on year and a great physique.

Russ Gayle focussed and moved to the next level winning the Novice Britain Tall Class qualifying for the British Finals 2013.

Rob Cowlishaw first time on stage was a professional presentation demonstrating great gains and condition.

Duncan the strongman competed in a British qualifier with some great results and experience to build on for 2013.

Chris Richards, the pocket rocket, hit great condition and took to the BNBF stage at the British Finals in great shape an excellent year and great promise for the future.

Nicky Rodgers in her second year of competing made excellent gains and improvements and looked natural on stage, a great base for the future the princess is coming of age.

The BNBF clubs built up in success and fun with loads of great results and a real community feel. 2013 will take the club to the next level and hopefully help many more people to achieve their competing goals.

Karl ‘Bomber’ Harris took to the roads and took the TT by the proverbials – great lap times and a great rookie TT we are most proud of him taking the best ass in the TT award…. it takes good training to create a great ass. Back in the British Superbikes the work with Jon on nutrition and endurance paid off with numerous top ten finishes the season cut short only by a freak accident. 2013 will see Karl back on the roads and looking for BSB success.


Jon in his pro debut with the Drug Free Athletes Coalition (DFAC) took 4th place in the World Championships agains the strongest field of natural masters ever assembled.

Jon and Rachael DFAC Worlds

And finally, in a new class, Athletic, Rachael took both the Universe and World titles with the Drug Free Athletes Coalition. Along with Jon she judged a number of BNBF qualifiers and hosted the BNBF British Finals. She took an active role in the inaugural year of the DFAC, being head judge at the first DFAC show ever and doing the first US Guest Spot for a British natural athlete at the Ormond Beach DFAC qualifier in October. Both Jon and Rachael are Extreme Nutrition Sponsored Athletes, this continued support helped fuel them to last year’s wins.

Extreme supplements continue to form the solid foundation on which we build our nutritional success. Ask for more information about post workout shakes and other supplements that can help you move to the next level.

Jon and Rachael are planning new ideas for the gym all the time, new workouts and challenges for us all that we can all work towards. Watch this space as they share those plans and ideas.

Welcome to 2013 let’s make it a good one………