Sunday, April 14, 2024

James Hollingshead – Working Class Bodybuilder


by Christian Duque

After I noticed the footage of British bodybuilder James Hollingshead coaching with the one and solely Department Warren for GASP I’ve to confess I did an immediate doubletake. I used to be an enormous fan again within the day of Department and Johnny Jackson after they have been each with Muscletech and have been hitting it arduous. They used to coach within the sweltering Texas warmth, with chains, dumbbells that regarded like they have been about to crumble, and with large zeal. These guys have been all about pushing it to the restrict. They weren’t out by the supp bar sipping on wheatgrass pictures and speaking about their playlists.

In lots of regards bodybuilding has tamed since these days. Ronnie’s gone, Department and Johnny are retired, and in truth most guys are a lot extra GQ as we speak. They don’t wish to slum it up within the health club. They’d fairly mannequin new watches, lean in opposition to freshly waxed sports activities automobiles, and/or sit in a basement someplace with an LED ring mild speaking right into a digital camera. It’s complete new age now.

And that hardcore coaching from the previous is both passe or regarded down upon. We’re such a greater place now, proper? The place bodybuilders not depart the health club dripping sweat far and wide. As an alternative, guys depart the health club now and you may’t even inform in the event that they skilled or not. It’s the age of trying recent and doing all of the work behind the scenes. Effectively, perhaps not. As a result of the video session I noticed with Department & James actually hit the nail on the tip.

However this wasn’t simply nostalgia. James Hollingshead is a man they name The Shed. He’s completely large and he offers his all within the health club. The British large has been combating arduous within the trenches and obtained some minor successes for his troubles. Oh and did I point out he’s doing the 2024 Arnold Traditional? That’s a fairly vital element given how arduous these guys are prepping for the second greatest present in bodybuilding.

In actual fact, the Arnold is breaking by means of all kinds of ticket sale boundaries. Whereas final yr they have been all the way down to a measly six guys and the present was in danger of being cancelled, now it’s like they’re firing on all cylinders. They’ve a free webcast (versus charging an arm and a leg) and now with the pandemic completely within the rearview mirror, the expo is greater than ever. Lastly followers may be in closed quarters once more and it appears town of Columbus goes to have its gravy prepare once more.

So the place does The Shed think about? Whereas he’s not a favourite to win the title, he has had some success within the sport and he’s thought-about to be one of many high guys in relation to the blue collar faction. He has an enormous torso, large arms, and good wheels. Although he’s from the opposite aspect of the pond, he’s a kind of guys that’s actually lively on social media and has labored with firms that function him prominently.
And only for the document, I’m not on right here saying that except you’re American and stay within the USA that you just don’t matter, however it is a just about a U.S. centered sport. When’s the final time the Mr. Olympia was held exterior of this nation? The place is a very powerful Arnold Traditional? The place do a lion’s share of the professional’s stay?

It simply is what’s, however guys like The Shed make up for it by having very lively social media presences and conserving very near the followers. That is additionally why an organization like GASP is working with Hollingshead. As a result of regardless that he’s not a Prime 6 Olympian or an Arnold Champion, he has sturdy hyperlinks to the followers and he’s a tough employee.

However isn’t each professional bodybuilder a tough employee? I imply you don’t simply get up, get away from bed, and win a professional card do you? Actually not; nevertheless, as I stated earlier, quite a lot of that onerous work that guys used to placed on entrance road now they disguise. For no matter cause, they don’t wish to share their footage doing squats, puking right into a trash can, or questioning what does all of it imply in between units. For some weird cause quite a lot of as we speak’s bodybuilders see that as being an excessive amount of data. It’s extra must know. I actually don’t have the faintest thought why they disguise it, however they do. For this reason guys like The Tren Twins and Sam Sulek are so well-liked. They don’t even compete; a lot much less are they professional’s. They’re additionally not doing PED’s on digital camera or speaking nonstop about them just like the late nice Bostin Loyd. They’re not drag racing automobiles or binge consuming both. All they’re doing is EATING, TRAINING, AND OPENING UP to the viewers.

Shit, that’s stuff Dorian and Ronnie have been doing 20 and 30 years in the past!! And it sells!! Bodybuilders can’t get sufficient of that stuff. There’s no secret system. You give the individuals what they need. And seeing Department Warren put James Hollingshead by means of a exercise akin to going to hell and again and folks will eat that up like hotcakes. I imply I wrote a complete article about it!

The underside line is that GASP is a hardcore bodybuilding clothes firm that promotes the life. And you may’t get extra hardcore bodybuilding than Department Warren. Seeing these guys prepare collectively and particularly simply days out from such an enormous competitors is sort of like Department’s era passing the torch to James’.

Think about what Department will need to have been considering. He in all probability has a world of information to share. He may inform James in regards to the coaching, the ins and outs of competing, however he may additionally speak to him in regards to the enterprise aspect. You’d be shocked how a lot two individuals can share in only one coaching session. Plus we solely see the completed product, we don’t know what they talked about previous to filming, after filming. What I can let you know is that this video has definitely made the rounds and now with this text I’m positive these of you who haven’t seen it, will wish to.

That is what bodybuilding is all about. Hardcore coaching, consuming even whenever you don’t wish to, getting up on the buttcrack of daybreak and taking tablets and mixing your drinks. At instances we hate it. In actual fact, more often than not we hate it, however it’s price it. We beat our our bodies up and generally heal in agony, however we come again stronger and higher. It’s like IML’s personal slogan, it’s all about MAKING YOUR MARK.

Some fairly boy with designer garments leaning up in opposition to a crimson corvette is perhaps cool to promote undershirts, however seeing Department Warren and James Hollingshead smash the iron set after set is hardcore to the max. I don’t learn about you, however I do know what I like, and hardcore bodybuilding is on the high of the checklist.

Nice job fellas!



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