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    Default BD's Strongman Write-up

    This is also in my log, but more visibility here for those who are interested.

    BD's Strongman Meet Write-up

    My first real meet, my first real write up. Last year I did a local meet, but this was my first with NAS. The difference in the level of difficulty is huge. It's also obvious I need more equipment to train for these things. A sled and a log are hopefully going to be acquired soon.

    It was cold, windy, and with 40+ competitors, we had an hour or more between events. It was pretty much impossible to get warm for the event and stay warm, but there were only a few minor injuries, so we all counted that as a win. Now onto the events!

    Event 1 - Semi Truck Pull
    6 feet 10 inches

    Ok, so it doesn't sound that impressive. I was honestly a little disappointed at first, but then everyone got stuck at the same place I did, between 6 and 7 feet. There's a tiny incline there and it killed the progress of most competitors. However, I moved a semi my first time in a harness. Win.

    Event 2 - Log Press
    180 pound log. 1 Rep

    I won't lie, I thought the log was going to be easier. With a barbell, I'm good for at least 5 reps with 180 in a push press. Wasn't happening with this log. Cleaning that blasted thing was a whole new experience as well. The idea is elbows high, sit down with it, and roll it up your chest. Getting two different parts of my body to act in unison is not a strong point of mine, but after a few false starts I got it into pressing position. 180, no problem right? Wrong. The log is a log tougher to lock out. A few more attempts, a lock out, and I was done. There was no chance I was going to win this event and I was good for 2nd place with 1 rep as several others weren't about to clean or press it.

    Event 3 - Sled Drag.
    300 pound sled + Harley - 49.5 feet

    Ok, dragging stuff. Not a big deal. Except when its heavy. This is where my poor conditioning really started to come into play. The course was originally supposed to be 50 feet, but was changed to 80. I made it 49.5 feet. I could have completed the course had it stayed at 50, but c'est la vie. At one point (obvious in the video) my calves cramped up and I lost the momentum I had built. That killed the rest of the drag, but I did manage to pull it further than a lot of people. There were also a few people that completed the course in under 30 seconds. Inhuman.

    Event 4 - Tire Flip
    500 pound tire 8 flips - 55 seconds

    This one I was preppared for. I like flipping tires. The only downside was that since I was a novice, I got the 500 pound tire instead of the 600. Being 8 feet tall, I liked the 600 better as it was a lot higher and easier to get my chest into. While flipping, I felt like I was doing a better job of driving into the tire, but the video looks like I'm still deadlifting it too much. More work to be done. The result of that bad technique is some brutal DOMS in my biceps and I'm lucky I didn't tear one. At one point I had a lopsided shove and the tire bouced a lot, which hurt my time. Another thing to think about. Still, finally an event I won.

    Event 5 - Car Deadlift
    Car - 18" (supposedly) pick height, around 650 in the hands. 4 reps

    Since I won the last event, I got to go last for this one. The best for reps in my class was 3, so I was happy to just hit 4 and call it a day. Damn thing was heavy. During the 3rd and 4th reps, it felt like my hamstrings were tearing. They're fine, but that was more encouragement to call it a day at 4. I will mention that there was a competitor in the 200 pound class that hit 21 reps. I'll also mention he was maybe 5'5" and the frame barely left the ground for him to lock out. One case where being enourmous didn't help.


    Parting thoughts

    This was my first real competition and it shows. Not so much in that I didn't kick everyone's hind ends, but in how foreign the events were to me. The only one I was ready for was the tire flip. The car deadlift was ridiculous. People with traditional deadlift maxes around 425-450 were hitting 7-9 reps with it. Technique and height. One I can work on, the other not as much. Going forward, I'll be focusing on 3 things.

    1st, dropping some weight. I'm not looking to move down a weight class so much as just get down to a healthier weight for me. I want to compete in the heaviest class available because I don't believe in the pound for pound strength thing. Either you could move the semi or you couldn't. It was no respector of weight classes.

    2nd, conditioning. There's no excuse for bad conditioning in strongman. Time to step it up.

    3rd, brute strength. You might have thought I would focus on technique, but no. Technique is nice, but I want to be able to just pick the damn semi up and walk with it next time. Without the base level of strength necessary, all the tech in the world isn't going to do a damn thing. 500 squat, 650 deadlift, and 300 press are on my list.

    Thanks to this community for the support, advice, and guidance I get. Escpecially, thank you to Steve for getting me started down a path that meant squatting instead of curling in the squat rack. My next competition I'll be stronger, wiser, and better dressed for the conditions. No promises of winning, but I'll blow my last performance out of the water.
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    Vids.

    Truck Pull


    Log


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    Absolutely awesome stuff mate, glad you posted it here. It's great to see M&S members getting out there and competing

    I'm sure you'll do a lot better in your next event just due to the fact you have this experience under your belt - I'm no expert, but through my uneducated gaze it seems as if the log really caught you off-guard.

    Where are your SQ/DL/Press at the moment?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Seagull View Post
    Absolutely awesome stuff mate, glad you posted it here. It's great to see M&S members getting out there and competing

    I'm sure you'll do a lot better in your next event just due to the fact you have this experience under your belt - I'm no expert, but through my uneducated gaze it seems as if the log really caught you off-guard.

    Where are your SQ/DL/Press at the moment?
    Thanks buddy. The log was surprising. I've only tried using one once before, so I had no real experience with it. PL numbers are
    SQ - 350
    DL - 500+ (haven't maxed in a while, but it was 500 a couple months ago)
    BP - 265
    Push Press - 225
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    Great job
    220lbs, 13-14%bf,


    Hypertrophy is something that can be achieved with pretty much any intensity of load, as long as the work is progressive.

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    Awesome work man! I watched your videos and it seems evident that with more practice in the events, you will get much, much better.
    Progression over regression

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    Outstanding numbers BD and excellent write-up.

    So when's the next comp :P?
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    Quote Originally Posted by linedriver465 View Post
    Outstanding numbers BD and excellent write-up.

    So when's the next comp :P?
    HA! Hopefully next summer. I'm planning on doing a PL meet in april and we'll see whats available after that. I can't wait!
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    Quote Originally Posted by beatdiabetes View Post
    HA! Hopefully next summer. I'm planning on doing a PL meet in april and we'll see whats available after that. I can't wait!
    Heck yeah brother - my first PL meet was a blast. I learned so much at the meet alone lol. Remind me again, have you ever competed in PL?
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    Quote Originally Posted by linedriver465 View Post
    Heck yeah brother - my first PL meet was a blast. I learned so much at the meet alone lol. Remind me again, have you ever competed in PL?
    This will be my first PL meet. Lots of firsts lately!
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    My favorite was the car deadlift. Great job bro! I always said I would never powerlift or do anything like this but I question that all the time anymore.

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    Thanks everyone. The whole things was a blast. I would encourage everyone to compete in PL, SM, or BB. The gym is fun, but the driving force of prepping for a contest is like nothing you'll ever experience if you don't compete.
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    this looks awesome. i'd like to try it some day. need to get stronger first.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jmama View Post
    this looks awesome. i'd like to try it some day. need to get stronger first.
    You absolutely should do a show. Pick on for next year and do it!
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    I love this!
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