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» First Timers Strongman comp reports (Go to post)06-03-2007 @ 11:19 
Post Edited: 06.03.2007 @ 12:14 PM
What a day! Absolutely loved it - great to meet Millsy and the machine too.

Here is what I wrote on my training log on veganfitness:

My last training session was Tuesday before the competition. The competition went very well for me (see the results thread in power and strength) so I'll write about it in hear from my point of view.

Event one - log lift:

Floor to overhead for each rep with an 80kg IFSA spec log.

My aim for the day was 5-6 reps with this. Then Joni got 6 so I had to beat that. Thankfully I did with 7 reps, which was hard, but not max effort. If given a 90sec time limit (as opposed to 75) I would have nailed 8.

I placed joint 6th in this event, which was my worst event, but ironically one of my best with it being a 2 rep pb!

Event two - yoke and drag:

Yoke walk 15m with 220kg, drag a 300kg chain 15m.

Slightly unfamiliar yoke with offputting cross bar across the front (felt like I was going to walk into it). Slowish start on yoke but made up good speed to the finish line. A solid chain drag.

I placed 2nd in this event.

Event three - farmers walk:

100kg farmers, turns at every 15m.

The implements were completely unfamiliar (large cumbersome girder types with a very high pickup) and I haven't been putting the farmers walk training in as I should have. I hoped to make 60m with this, but I only got 48m.

I got fourth place in this event.

Event four - medley:

This consisted of carrying a 65kg beer keg 15m, loading it to a platform, followed by 15m duck walk with 100kg, run 15m and then flip a 300kg tyre 5 times and sprint to the line.

This event was fine for me though I didn't feel like I was going at max speed except for on the tyre. Fatigue is a b**ch!

I placed third in this event (only by 0.05sec! ).

Event five - stones:

Loading 5 stones (80, 90, 100, 110, 120) onto 4.5ft barrels. A few metres separated the barrels.

I had doubts about this event. I would describe myself as an OK stone lifter but my technique is pretty slow. I had to place well in this to keep in the top three and thankfully I did, being one of only 4 to load all five stones. I did it in 32.1 seconds which for me is a fantastic time!

So in the end I scored 75 of a possible 90 points, meaning that I averaged 4th place in every event. There was only one point separating the top three places and unfortunately for me I had the lowest of those. Still, I would never have dreamed of making third spot, and I am over the moon!

Here are the videos of the events for me:

Log pressing:

My yoke and drag:

The farmers walks:

My medley:

My stone lifting

» Does training in Sugden hold us back? (Go to post)27-02-2007 @ 14:38 
Joni - you should go for it mate. You practically live to lift so why not make it your job too?!

Olly - good points. I suppose financially you aren't going to save much or indeed any money, but a perfect training environment is priceless. Plus if you were to leave Manchester you could just sell your portion of the membership.

» Does training in Sugden hold us back? (Go to post)27-02-2007 @ 14:00 
Post Edited: 27.02.2007 @ 14:01 PM
As a serious suggestion, why do you guys not set up your own private gym?

There must be at least 10 of you who train on a regular basis at Sugden. Each of you paying what I assume is around 20-30 a month. Rent a garage or something somewhere, or a small industrial unit and set up a gym. All you need is a cage, bench, oly bars and DB handles and a f**k load of weight. I reckon you can set a pretty sweet gym up for 1000-1500 which is 6 months membership for 10 of you. Plus what ever rent you have to pay for the location. Think of it though - no f**king idiots curling in the cage, no waiting for equipment, no money down the drain as you actually have something to show for it.

On a slightly related point, I just found oly weights for 50p a kilo on ebay:


» The Rebuilding Process (Go to post)25-02-2007 @ 10:54 
Just saw the 220kg x 7 Olly - f**king awesome lifting mate. I am glad that you are finding your groove again Grin

» G.F.H. - Vegan Style (Go to post)18-02-2007 @ 23:04 
Good to train with you Joni - as I said to you in person, I think that your strongman training is much stronger than last May. Kudos!

» Valentines Day Sugden Style.... (Go to post)15-02-2007 @ 19:00 
Good lifting the both of you. Joni, all your squats were high though dude - it's a good job your next comp isn't powerlifting! Tongue Wink

» G.F.H. - Vegan Style (Go to post)13-02-2007 @ 23:48 
I am reading, and no it's not going to happen! Wink

Remember, I did 5 with time and power to spare Grin
» Sparrow Legs Strongman Training (Go to post)11-02-2007 @ 22:58 
Excellent training as ever Jonny!

You have shin splints too? I bloody hate them - they are always the first thing to go with me.

» The Rebuilding Process (Go to post)11-02-2007 @ 21:08 
Excellent training Olly!

I am very impressed with the loading of the 150kg stone. Keep up the good work Grin
» How not to box squat. (Go to post)10-02-2007 @ 22:50 
Silly f**kers!

Two questions though -

1) Why would the people in the video ever post that on the net?

2) What possible benefit to anything does that have?

Completely ridiculous! Grin
» Davo's Log (Go to post)09-02-2007 @ 00:27 
Insane progress on your deadlifting!

May I ask though - your benching is a long way behind your squat and dead - have you injured your upper body in the past or something?

» The Rebuilding Process (Go to post)04-02-2007 @ 19:30 
Very good effort Olly - especially on the stones and farmers Grin
» Sparrow Legs Strongman Training (Go to post)04-02-2007 @ 19:27 
Fantastic session Jonny!

The log pressing is very impressive - I got 2x5 in 75 seconds today, with a little to spare in the first set. You have me beat there!

The yoke is v good too. It is funny that once it goes, it goes and it is very hard to get it going again. My wife had that today - she got 7m with 152kg today but it just wouldn't go any further.

As ever excellent work on the stones.

Olly - if you have not sent off your form yet, you have missed the closing date. You might have to email Big Al to get in.

» First timers comp - strongman (Go to post)30-01-2007 @ 18:16 
Hi Help,

I think that I remember you from fortified iron - aren't you over glasgow way?

Welcome to the board Grin
» Sparrow Legs Strongman Training (Go to post)28-01-2007 @ 22:33 
Great to see your training log here Jonny. Frankly scary weights on farmers and the stones - I look forward to being thrashed by you at the beginners comp! Grin

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