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Ben_FIcon...02-09-2015 @ 20:28 
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Sunday 30th August

Belfast

Masters World's Strongest Man

Going into the contest I was aware of one event change which was 150kg farmers into drag x 15m being swopped for 1000lbs tyre flip x 10m into 150kg farmers x 10m.

I wasn't overley optomistic of picking up 150 farmers after the tyre as it fries my forearms usually... needn't have worried as it was changed to Duck Walk Steeple Chase anyway.

I was gutted by the next event change... 250kg Squat for reps which had been touted as a tyre squat, a barrel squat and a car squat turned into a truck pull... potentially my best and favourite event into one of my least favourite.

The line-up was strong:

Mark Felix - Grenada (nuff said!)
Van Hatfield - USA (former America's Strongest Man and two-time Arnolds competitor, monster)
Antanas Abrutis - Lithuania (reigning champ)
Marcus Franke - Germany (one of the best in Germany, 3rd last year)
Dale Peters - wales (3rd at UK's, massive potential!)
Ben France - England (ginger to**er)
Artur Walczak - Poland (Poland's best Master this year - big beast!)
Odd Haugan - Norway (65 year old legend)
Vladimir Kalinichenko - Russia (powerlifting champ & strongman, 5ft 9 & 150kg!!)
Mark McLoughlin - England (2nd at UKs, 400kg deadlifter)
David McArthur - Ireland (Irish Masters champ and all-round nice guy!)
Alex Hunter - Scotland (called in with 3 days notice, not been training strongman for a long time, fair play for stepping up!)

I was 118kg, the lightest in the field by about 7kg... not intentional, just struggled to add weight this year... I actually lost some near the comp'.


Event 1: Duck Walk Steeple Chase - 200kg Duck 20m/20m with a plinth in the middle to go over... 4 at a time

Was going well, in 2nd place not too far behind Mark Felix but at about 8m from end I "hit the wall"... has not happened for a long time... mind was willing but my body was not! Edged it a few metres further but could not finish it.

Gutted and physically felt terrible... still felt awful going into the next event... neglecting onditioning cost me badly... 9th place.


Event 2: Car Hold With Straps

Head to head with Dale from Wales. I went down about 45 secs and Dale a couple of seconds later... 8th place or thereabouts.


Event 3: Wooden Log Press for Max

The log was massive! 16" or so uneven diameter... horrible to use, no hope of a PB on this beast.

100kg - good lift (but even this weight was unstable at the top!)
110kg - good lift
120kg - good lift
130kg - good lift (had to really grind it out)
140kg - no lift, no chance

=6th place I think... Van Hatfield won with 150kg (new record), Felix & Dale tied for 2nd on 140kg.

Stone of Strength: 160kg x reps over 48" yoke

Everyone was struggling with this... Glenn's stones have a big diameter... people were saying it felt like 180kg and as I went up with Markus Franke the lead was just one rep.

I was starting to physically feel better by this stage and felt confident of getting a few reps in as lower heights on stones suit me.

I did 3 reps and Markus did 2.

Nobody matched this until Felix went up against Van Hatfield which I think finished 7-6!

3rd place


Truck Pull (with rope) 15m up a slight incline

Hard to get going (bodyweight!!) but then ok... 38 secs and I think 7th place. I always find truck pull weird... like I can't put in any more effort than I am but then its over I feel like I could have done more. At least I beat Dale and Mark which for me put to bed the truck pull issues at the UKs.

Flag Hoist

Hard event, only big Sean O'Hagan completed the 5 at the UK's finals.
I managed two in a reasonable time but not sure of exact placing, maybe 5-6th??

Waiting for the final placings I knew I had beaten the big Pole as I beat him head to head on the flags... this put me 6th after losing 5th to Dale on countback.

6th in the World is not too bad I guess but I wanted more even with the improved line-up... there are always event changes and I need to be better all-round prepared. I think qualifying will be really tough next year... will see how my body recovers before I commit to anything as it feels pretty beaten up at the moment (but no serious injuries).
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RobboIcon...02-09-2015 @ 22:03 
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Awesome work Ben!

Stinks that they took the squat out when you train so hard with it.
PeteHodgsonIcon...02-09-2015 @ 22:25 
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Awesome work in an awesome line up Ben. Looking forward to seeing it on TV
RodgerIcon...03-09-2015 @ 00:48 
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Well done Ben!
Wayne_CowdreyIcon...03-09-2015 @ 07:25 
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Well done! Happy
Ben_FIcon...06-09-2015 @ 17:18 
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Cheers guys... I don't think I can do much more in strongman, at least without serious consequences to my health.

Here is the link to the results:

http://www.ultimatestrongestman.com/competitions/index.asp?ID=...
KevC86Icon...06-09-2015 @ 18:58 
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Ben_F said:Cheers guys... I don't think I can do much more in strongman, at least without serious consequences to my health.


Any idea what that means going forward?
Ben_FIcon...07-09-2015 @ 11:34 
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Post Edited: 07.09.2015 @ 11:34 AM by Ben_F
KevC86 said:
Any idea what that means going forward?


Stage one: Drop to 110kg @ 10% bodyfat (currently 119kg @ 15%)

Stage two: Crossfit Grin
Ben_FIcon...13-08-2016 @ 17:38 
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Back to logging my training as I failed at keeping a paper-based log.

Never did quite do Crossfit but did get a bit fitter and down to 112kg.Currently 114-115kg and playing American Football for the recently founded Morecambe Bay Storm. Main position is on the line as an offensive guard (right-side), so my job is to protect the QB and block for the running backs and basically having multiple physical battles with the opposing defense.

This week...

Monday 8th August

Football practice 2.5 hours, hard intense session


Tuesday 9th August

Rest

Wednesday 10th August

Rest


Thursday 11th August

Football Practice, 2.5 hours, easy session


Friday 12th August

Garden session (have quite a bit at home now)

Squat (belt & wraps)

221kg x 2 x 5 sets

Push Press

111kg x 2 x 6 sets


Sat 13th August

Ring Pull-ups x 5 / Press-ups x 10 / Air squats x 15: 9 rounds in 20 mins

9kg Med ball throws (laying on back) into press-ups
Ben_FIcon...16-08-2016 @ 19:29 
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Monday 15th August

Football Practice: 2.5 hours

Tuesday 16th August:

Rest (feeling ruined)
tazIcon...17-08-2016 @ 07:29 
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American football team in Morecambe, quality.

I remember you saying you wanted to have a go at playing it.

Offensive line, can see you playing there to be fair. Very valuable position, when I played running back it was always good when offensive line was good. If not trying to go through a non-existent is never nice Happy

Good sessions as well mate
Wayne_CowdreyIcon...17-08-2016 @ 07:37 
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Hello Ben Happy
RodgerIcon...17-08-2016 @ 13:05 
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Squat still pretty Strong Ben! Cool
Ben_FIcon...19-08-2016 @ 18:09 
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vegetarian with a big deadlift - who would have thought...
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Missed practice last night... which left me fresher for for the gym... began "Operation 360" down at MST...

Fri 19th Aug

Deads (belt n straps)

300kg x 3


Raw Speed Deads

160kg x 3 x 3


Bench

140kg x 3

Speed Bench

80kg x 3 x 3

GHR

BW x 5 x 3 sets

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