Olympic star Max Whitlock is preparing the finishing touches to a new pommel horse routine as he looks to send out a warning message to his rivals.
Max flies out to Portugal this week for a World Cup event where he will attempt to successfully complete a routine with a difficulty level that has never been achieved before.
“I’ve been trying to learn some new skills on the pommel and I’m just tidying things up now,” said Max.
“I’m not going to Portugal looking for a result, I’m just trying to put in a clean routine.
“If I make it, it would be the highest difficulty anyone has ever competed at. I’m always looking to improve, and I hope that this would show that.”
While the competition is only small in comparison to the events he took part in earlier this year, Max says it will enable him to hone his skills ahead of this year’s World Championships.
“I picked the competition because it will be a good event for me to try out my new routine,” he said.
“After Portugal I’ve got a couple of months before the London Open. Then it’s the big one, the World Championships, at the end of the year.
“I’m hoping for an all-round spot at that one.”
Away from the gym, Hemel man Max was in royal company this month at the Buckingham Palace garden party.
“It was a really good experience and an honour to be invited,” he said.