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Time for something fun!
« on: April 18, 2017, 07:53:06 AM »
OK, so at 5'6" on a tall day with tiny hands Strongman probably isn't going to be for me.  But, I'm going to do a Strongman comp in August.  I'm not even sure I can do anything other than the deadlift as I've never done the other events, but it looks like fun.  There's no masters, but they may add that category if they get enough interest.  So, looks like I'll be in the novice 231 and under class. 

The events:
All 60 seconds

Log press 210 lbs for reps

Deadlift 455 for reps

Yoke walk 700 lbs 30'

Duck walk 400 lbs 30'down and 30' back

Stone of steel 52" 225lbs for reps

If nothing else it should be a decent opportunity to work on both strength and endurance. 

Any advice would be greatly appreciated.  I train at home, but hope to be able to get to one of the gyms near Boston that have strongman stuff at least once per month.  Going to try to add some stuff to my home gym that I can use as well.  Just not sure what stuff will give me the most bang for my buck. 
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Re: Time for something fun!
« Reply #1 on: April 18, 2017, 08:07:44 AM »
I think Alex would be your best guy for advice since he's actually done SM comps.

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Re: Time for something fun!
« Reply #2 on: April 18, 2017, 08:53:13 AM »
I dabble in strongman stuff and recently took a 6 week strongman class with a local team. My advice, and take it with a grain of salt, is to get some practice on the items you'll use in the comp. The only thing on your list I haven't done is the duck walk. Stone of Steel is fun and lifting stones with tacky is different than without. I'd watch some YouTube vids on how to lift a stone properly. This dude (below in the vid) knows his stuff and I'd watch his vids on stones ect to get an idea of how to do things efficiently.

Yoke walks are pretty easy to do form wise - short choppy steps but I'd get some practice on those. 700lbs is heavy but not unbearable and if you compete in powerlifting should be a weight you can handle now. The speed element makes them harder.

Finally, for log presses I'd work on your push press technique if you don't do push presses already. In strongman you get the weight up any way you can so push presses are allowed. You'll get more reps if you can get good at them IMO and can practice those with a standard barbell at home, although using a log prior to the comp would be a good idea too.

Good luck and have fun. I plan on doing a comp sometime this year - Nov/Dec if all goes well. 

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Re: Time for something fun!
« Reply #3 on: April 18, 2017, 10:28:49 AM »
Some good stuff there.  Thanks, this is going to be fun. 
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Re: Time for something fun!
« Reply #4 on: April 18, 2017, 11:47:52 AM »
Sounds like a lot of fun!
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Re: Time for something fun!
« Reply #5 on: April 18, 2017, 02:34:59 PM »
intriguing!   Actually sounds really fun....I've no idea what a duck walk is, but I wouldn't mind giving it a try
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Re: Time for something fun!
« Reply #6 on: April 18, 2017, 02:56:37 PM »
I'm with John, get to a gym that has some of that stuff, and practice on it. Find Jim Pierce on Facebook, as he runs the NH strongman comps, and likely has some of the impliments you need to train on.  The Log has technique to it, and a 210lb log is formidable. Good luck with that Yoke. Best I've ever managed was 600 for 50 feet.  I've tried a few Duck Walks, it's a very awkward event. Be prepared to destroy your inner thigh.  Bring Bio-Freeze for your Back.
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Re: Time for something fun!
« Reply #7 on: April 19, 2017, 09:45:56 AM »
Thanks Alex, I was hoping you'd chime in.  I spent some $$ on some stuff, so hopefully I can get some practice in at home as well.   Probably be a good idea to get in to see someone to help with technique though.  Might give Murph or Dawson a call to see if I can get in and figure out how to do some of this stuff.  I ordered a cheap 10" metal log, a thing to load plates on for the duck walk from roque, farmers handles (not an event, but Josh wants to add them to my training), and I found a cheap yoke.  The yoke looks like shit and only rated to add 600lbs but it should be fine for my driveway.  I've been looking for cheap oly weights on craigslist to throw in my garage.  It's not worth hauling allot of weight in and out of my basement, so I'm going to get like 500lbs of crappy used stuff to keep in the garage. 

Side note, did Hatfield squats last night and all I could think about was wtf is 700lbs going to feel like!  Josh seems to think I can do the events, I like his optimism.  I'm gonna go with that.   ;)
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Re: Time for something fun!
« Reply #8 on: April 21, 2017, 07:38:03 PM »
My yoke came today. Couldn't resist playing with the yoke, but it's raining so I stayed in my garage. 420lbs for 20' felt heavy. I can't imagine what 700 is going to feel like.
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Re: Time for something fun!
« Reply #9 on: April 25, 2017, 08:52:14 PM »
Nice night for a stroll.  460 for two runs of 40'. This was after Hatfield squats, 5 sec negative front squats, and single leg rdl's. Gonna feel this one in the mornin.
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Re: Time for something fun!
« Reply #10 on: May 01, 2017, 03:51:51 PM »
Met with Eric Dawson last Friday.  I'm going to have Josh continue to do my programming, but plan on getting in with Eric a half dozen times between now and the competition in August.  We worked on the log for most of the time, then finished with the duck walk.  Not much to the duck walk, but the log has quite a bit of technique.  I think this Friday is Yoke and Stone of Steele with Eric.  Should be interesting.  Definitely going to be challenging, but that's kind of the idea.  Really need to work on my conditioning for this.  I was huffing and puffing on Friday.  So, my take away thus far is that strongman is just really heavy crossfit, or crossfit for men. 
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« Reply #11 on: May 01, 2017, 03:55:42 PM »
More like Crossfit for Monsters.
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Re: Time for something fun!
« Reply #12 on: May 08, 2017, 08:08:02 AM »
First time doing farmers walks last night.  Warming up I didn't think I'd get to the Rx'd weight of 165 per hand for four trips of 20 yards.  Funny thing is that they seemed to get lighter as I went along.  Got pretty winded by the end, but seemed odd that the first time picking up the weight it felt heavy,but then it got lighter. 

On another note I trained the stone of steel and super yoke with Eric Dawson on Friday.  I've only had two sessions with him and only been adding in the strongman stuff for a couple weeks, but the barbell exercises are already feeling more explosive.  The stone gives a new appreciation for something with a handle. 
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« Reply #13 on: May 08, 2017, 09:49:38 AM »
I can't really see the pick-up from the video angle. But here's a few pointers for you. BTW, my best is 300/hand for 50'. 

Grab the handles, just a tough behind center of gravity.  This will tip them forward slightly, and you'll move much easier as it's tendency is to pull you forward.  If they tilt back, you'll tend to lean back and be fighting to gain forward speed.

For Grip, really reach down and under the handle. almost like you want your hand parallel to the ground when you start to wrap around the handle.  This will torque the handles into your grip pulling it tighter into your hand. Stronger Grip = Easier to carry.

Shuffle steps to start, then pick up speed. If you step off big, it has a tendency to start the handles swinging, once it starts swinging, it affects your gait and you'll be fighting to control the weight, thus slowing you down.
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Re: Time for something fun!
« Reply #14 on: May 08, 2017, 11:21:33 AM »
Thanks for the pointers.  I didn't even watch a youtube video, just picked them up and had at it.  This was only 165/ hand for 20 yards.  I can't imagine what 300 per hand feels like.  Josh loves these, so now that he knows I have the handles I may regret buying them. 
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