Thursday, December 31, 2009

Happy New Year!

Grant Higa Bulky Boy strongman team

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

365 lb Bench Press by Zack Nims. (He weighs only 235 lbs!)

This is one of my training partners, Zack Nims. The kid only weighs 235 lbs, and he will probably be able to lockout 385 lbs at the Powerlifting contest next weekend.

Grant Higa Bulky Boy strongman team

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Surfer's Healing at Honoli'i Beach Park Hilo,HI

This was another Surfer's Healing event Bulky Boy was a part of with the help of our Team Riders and friends Solomon Ortiz, Kalani Kahalioumi, Garrett McNamara, & Uncle Skibbs

Autistic kids hit waves at Honoli'i Beach Park, Hilo, HI
Article from Hawaii Tribune-Herald by Jason Armstrong Staff Writer

A group of professional watermen helped give Terry Harvey and his family an experience Sunday unlike any the Alaskan family has shared during its past five Big Island Christmas holidays.

"This was really special. We'll be talking about it for a long time," Harvey said after his twin 15-year-old sons, Ryan and Nolan, went surfing for the first time.

While many visiting teens can claim braving Hawaii's winter waves, the Harvey boys rode the surf despite the challenges of autism. They were among 35 disabled children from Hawaii, Texas, Alaska and Canada who participated in the inaugural Honolii Beach Park Surf Gathering and Surf Camp sponsored by the Hawaii Chapter of Surfers Healing.

The national organization, which introduces the healing powers of surfing to autistic kids, provided the boards and safety vests.

"We were not sure how it was going to be, but when we got there, everyone was having a good time. There were kids of all sizes out there on the water," said Terry Harvey, a self-described retired surfer.

"Especially for me, it's great to see them out there," he added of his own boys. "It's not something we would be able to do on our own."Former world champion surfer Israel "Izzy" Paskowitz founded Surfers Healing 12 years ago in California to honor his autistic son, Isaiah, now 18, and to expose more disabled children to the wonders of the waves.

"It's a way to connect and give back," he said after the free event. "These kids are special."

Paskowitz, a member of the acknowledged "first family of surfing," said his son and other kids with autism "thrive" in the water, which serves as a therapeutic environment.

"When a surfer catches a wave, there's a special feeling we get. That's why we keep surfing," said organizer Kalani Kahalioumi, a Hilo native and former professional surfer who became rookie of the year at age 18. "And all these kids get to experience that special feeling.

"The children ranged in age from 3 to 15, he said.

"The kids had the time of their life," Kahalioumi said. "It was perfect (surf conditions), couldn't ask for better."

About 200 people attended the event, he said, noting the children were recruited by contacting social service providers that assist disabled kids.

Harvey said he learned about it by reading a flyer at a local surf shop.

"We recognized it was going to be a real special opportunity," he said.

Helping keep the kids safe was Garrett McNamara, a pioneering surfer from Oahu who holds the record for winning the largest cash prize, $70,000, for a big-wave event.

"I almost ended up crying," McNamara, who is known for being fearless, said of seeing a father share a loving moment with his autistic son.

He said the parents' hopes are dreams are affected when their son or daughter is diagnosed with autism.

"Nothing seems achievable, and the next thing they're out there surfing," he said.

Monday, December 28, 2009

585 lb squat

This was my last heavy squat before the Raw Powerlifting contest I am competing in on Jan 9th.
Don't do this at home kids!

Grant Higa Bulky Boy strongman team

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Bulky Boy "GARAGE" shirt

Check out the new "Garage" shirt that I got for my father in law, Fred. He rebuilt a 1948 Chevy Fleetmaster from the ground up. He bought the shell of the car for only $100, and now that car is CHERRY! This shirt is perfect for any car enthusiast, so check it out on the Bulky Boy website!

Grant Higa Bulky Boy strongman team

Friday, December 25, 2009

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Atlas Stone overhead pressing

Did these today at the end of our workout. Just goofing off trying to be a BULKY BOY.

Have a good weekend!
Grant Higa Bulky Boy strongman team

Saturday, December 12, 2009

694 lb Tire Flip for 28 reps

From our workout this morning. It was 22 degrees in the Warehouse today. Brutal dry, cold air was burning our lungs!
Grant Higa Bulky Boy Strongman team

Friday, December 11, 2009

Washington's Strongest School competition 2010

Me and Willie Austin & Kirk Chapman.

We had a brief orientation with these high school kids before their workout at "Maximum Sports Conditioning" in Bellevue, WA.
Whats up Bulky Boy bloggers!
I am going to take part as a volunteer for this upcoming contest next summer. 12 high school teams of 8 kids (4 boys & 4 girls) will compete and the top 3 teams will get prizes.
The winning high school team will receive $500 per child for Higher Education.
This contest will take place near the Seattle Center at Memorial Stadium on May 22, 2010. There will be food, music, guest speakers and much more.
It is a benefit for the "Austin Foundation". Willie Austin is the founder of this local foundation, and he is one of the reasons why I got into being a Fitness Trainer. He does so much volunteering at local high schools and community centers, trying to teach kids the value of fitness and to combat the neverending challenge of childhood obesity.
Take care,
Grant Higa Bulky Boy strongman team

Saturday, December 5, 2009

600 lb raw squat (belt only)

A little slow on the top end, but man was it COLD in the warehouse this morning! 5 weeks out from that Powerlifting meet on Jan 9th.
Grant Higa Bulky Boy strongman team

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Strongman workout at Powerhouse Gym of Honolulu (11/30/09)

The shirt on Tony Le'iato's back says it all.

Andy Ramos pressing a fire hydrant overhead.

Tony Le'iato, me, Andy Ramos & Dave Silva. (left to right) Damn, were we sweating or what? We totally shocked our bodies with a bad ass workout and was ready to eat.

Lunch at Young's Fish Market. Roasted turkey tails, kalua pig, laulau, sweet potatoe, pipi kaula, scoops of rice, mac salad, beef stew bowl, squid luau and a large Fruit Punch. "ONO!"

Higa about to throw down some Hawaiian food!

This morning I met up with my friends Andy "THE HAWAIIAN HULK" Ramos, and legendary Hawai'i powerlifting champion Tony Le'iato at Powerhouse Gym.
Tony has also won the Hawaii's Strongest Man 2-times.

We met at 8:30am and had the most BRUTAL workout that I have ever experienced in a long time.

Plus, IMO it was so hot and humid in that back part of the gym. Living in Seattle has made me feel like 74 degrees is sticky hot to me. My legs were like jello after this workout.

Afterwards, we ate some mean post-workout grindz at "Young's Fish Market" off of Dillingham Blvd. KILLER HAWAIIAN FOOD THEY SERVE OVER THERE!

Flying back to Seattle tomorrow...its been a great trip! A hui hou!
HIGA MONSTER (Bulky Boy strongman team)

Sunday, November 29, 2009

475 lbs for 3 reps Squat workout in Hawai'i (11/28/09)

Still trying to keep on track with my training for the Raw Squat contest on Jan, 9, 2010.
My friend hooked me up with a day pass at 24 Hour Fitness in Kaneohe cause he is the GM there. Wanted to go heavier, but I had no power belt. I'm going to have to just make up for it next week.
Aloha from Hawai'i!
Grant Higa (Bulky Boy strongman team)

Hawai'i vs Navy football game (11/28/09)

Me and a Manoa Maniac that looks like he is ready to "GET NUTS!"

The view from our seats.

There was a halftime ceremony honoring Hawai'i military.

Fans still bring their Ti Leaves into the game. They have been doing that since I was a kid.

My Aunty gave us 2 tickets to the game tonight. I haven't been to a UH football game in years, and it was my wife's first UH game too.

Really cool to see all the "Manoa Maniacs" cheering on the Warriors. It was also Military Night, and there was a flyover with two Naval jets during the National Anthem.
There are over 300,000 military servicemen/women that live on O'ahu alone. Thats alot of people, and it was a really big game because Navy was in town and Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard is right across Aloha Stadium.

Of course I got to relive all my childhood memories by eating fried noodles, malasadas, and boiled peanuts at the game! Only in Hawai'i can you buy concessions like that!

The Warriors won too, beating the Midshipmen 24-17. Talk to you later!
Grant Higa (Bulky Boy strongman team)

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Dinner at Ige's Restaurant & 19th Puka (Waimalu, HI)

Its time for Grant to get "BULKY"!

Here is my massive Hawaiian plate dinner.

Oh man, I am going to have a tough time working out tomorrow morning. TOO MUCH FOOD!
Have a good night!
Grant Higa (Bulky Boy strongman team)

Friday, November 27, 2009

Breakfast at Boots & Kimo's Homestyle Kitchen (Kailua, HI)

Hawaiian Fried Rice (left), side order Podahgee sausage (center) and the famous Macadamia Nut Pancakes w/macadamia nut sauce ontop (right). That pancake is their specialty!

Me getting ready to grind some ono food!

All the years that I lived in Hawai'i, I have NEVER eaten at Boots & Kimo's. Until today!
Found out that it was only 1/2 mile away from the beach house we are renting in Kailua.
"Ho brah, mean grindz!"

Grant Higa (Bulky Boy strongman team)

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Monday, November 23, 2009

Raw squat video

Since there is no strongman contests till Spring, I am going to compete in a Powerlifting contest up in Lynwood, WA on Jan 9, 2010.

I haven't competed in a Powerlifting contest since 2000, so it will be fun to get a decent single lift Squat in this event. The term "raw" means i wont use a power suit or knee wraps. Just a belt.

I'm going to post my weekly max squats on the Blog. Looking to do at least 600 lbs at this contest.

Stay strong & BULKY!
Grant Higa
(Bulky Boy strongman team)

Sunday, November 22, 2009

310 lb Log Press (11/21/09)

This was from my workout yesterday at the WAREHOUSE.

Stay strong!
Grant Higa (Bulky Boy strongman team)

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Pictures from the 6th Oregon's Strongest Beaver (Corvallis, OR)

Me & Corey dropped off some t-shirts for the Strength & Conditioning coaches at Oregon State University.

Dinner at "Aqua Seafood Restaurant" in Corvallis. We gave some shirts to the owner bruddah Iain Duncan (middle left) & bruddah Adam Kekahuna (Executive Chef-middle right).

Corey about to chow down on some appetizers at "Aqua".

"Let the feasting begin!"

Setting up the sponsor's booth's & banners for the giveaways.

We gave this "BEAVER BELIEVER" a free shirt too for his spirit!

Corey doing some warmups with the Log.

Corey St Clair (Boise, ID)

Me locking out a 320 lb Log.

I thought this was a cool picture. My sister in law snapped this while Corey was getting some reps on the Axle!

Me getting some reps on the Axle Deadlift for reps.

My niece Madelynn & daughter Kaiea dropping down and getting after it in the pushups for reps contest! You go girls!

This was the women's Pushups for reps contest. The winner got a gift certificate for a meal at "Local Boyz Hawaiian Cafe".

Men's pushups for reps contest.

Me picking up the 222 lb river rock. Man, I really need to work on my calves. They are looking really small & undefined....

Me loading the 248 lb river rock.

And finally, me loading the 302 lb river rock.

Corey loading the 248 lb river rock.

Corey loading the 280 lb river rock.

Corey loading the 302 lb river rock.

I wasn't able to get his name, but this is the winner of the Pushups for reps contest. He did 69 reps, and won a $50 gift certificate from Bulky Boy!
Chris Roth (center), winner of the Rolling Thunder challenge. He scored a $50 gift certificate from Bulky Boy!

This was the view of the game from our seats.

Another view from our seats at the game.

Corey St Clair eating a BLALAH Hawaiian plate lunch at "Local Boyz Hawaiian Cafe" after the football game. Mahalo Uncle Roy Marchesi for the t-shirts!

Post game grindz at "Local Boyz Hawaiian Cafe" in Corvallis. I'm about to grind this BLALAH plate of kalbi ribs after a long day!

We were lucky, and it was a beautiful Fall day in the Pacific Northwest! I was worried, because it had been pouring rain the entire week before our demonstration.
Despite the early kickoff of the football game, we were determined to make the best of our situation and put on a good show for the students & Dads of Oregon State
We gave out 1,500 shirts that had a cool "Dad's Weekend" theme to it, and Bulky Boy also donated some shirts and stickers for me to giveaway.

Me and fellow pro strongman Corey St. Clair, completed 3 tests of strength:
Log press for maximum weight. ( I won with a lift of 320 lbs)
Axle deadlift for reps (Corey won with 16 reps, and I got 15 reps)
River Rock loading (222 lbs-302 lbs)

I also had 2 special contests for the audience. The "Rolling Thunder" grip challenge, and a "Push ups for most reps" challenge.

In the Rolling Thunder challenge, student Chris Roth won himself a $50 gift certificate to the Bulky Boy online store.
Chris is an intern at the Strength & Conditioning department of Oregon State!
In the Push ups for reps, Chris Roth again competed in it. I thought he was going to walk away with another $50 gift certificate, but another student beat him with 69 full pushups, while Chris got only 61 pushups.

That student was so happy to win, and he said that "he is looking forward to buying some sweet shirts" with that prize!

After the demonstration, Corey and I went to watch the football game with my family. To top the day off, the Beavers were able to DEFEAT the Washington Huskies 48-21.

Mahalo to Bulky Boy for supporting me yesterday!
My daughter & niece were working hard to hand out Bulky Boy stickers & business cards to everyone that was passing by.

We hope that some "Beaver Believers" will be making some purchases and help spread the word on your awesome products!

Grant Higa (Bulky Boy strongman team)

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

"6th Oregon's Strongest Beaver"

"The 6th Oregon's Strongest Beaver"
DATE: Saturday November 14 2009
WHERE: Oregon State University (in front of the Memorial Union building)
TIME: 9:30am-11:30am

Bulky Boy strongman Grant Higa, and fellow pro strongman Corey St Clair are going to be competing head to head at the "Oregon's Strongest Beaver".

This contest will be part of the "Dad's Weekend" festivities at Oregon State University. We will be doing this among the tailgaters, students & Dads before the kickoff of the footbal game between the Beavers vs the Washington Huskies.

I am going to be giving away alot of free stuff to the students & Dad's, including BULKY BOY shirts, stickers and two $50 gift certificates to use on

Plus, we have 1,500 FREE "Dad's Weekend" t-shirts to giveaway to any Dad that comes to watch us compete on Saturday! You can see what the shirt design looks like above, and they turned out AWESOME!

If you know anyone near the Corvallis, Oregon area tell them to stop by and check us out!

Rain or shine, Corey and I are going to compete in 3 grueling strongman events: Log press for maximum weight (up to 320 lbs), Axle deadlift for reps (500 lbs), and River Rock loading (222-415 lbs).

Hope to see you there!

Grant Higa. (Bulky Boy strongman team member)

Saturday, October 17, 2009

74th Washington Open (Sumner, WA)

Me & my training partners Tyler & Scott. Check out the Bulky Boy hat, cargo shorts and socks that I'm wearing....REPRESENT!

Steve, Tyler & Scott. I have been working out with these guys for years!

Tyler getting warmed up.

Tyler warming up in the Snatch.

Tyler would get a 110 kilo Snatch. (242.5 lbs)

I went down to Sumner, WA today. One of my training partners was competing in an Olympic Weightlifting contest.

Tyler only weighs 220 lbs, and he had an off day, but I know he will be back on his next contest.
He was credited with lifting a 110 kilo snatch, and a 140 kilo clean & jerk. (242.5 lbs and 308.6 lbs)

Way to go Tyler! I am proud to be his training partner!

Grant Higa.
(Bulky Boy strongman team member)