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)