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» There and Back Again (Go to post)07-09-2015 @ 11:34 
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
» There and Back Again (Go to post)06-09-2015 @ 17:18 
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:
» There and Back Again (Go to post)02-09-2015 @ 20:28 
Sunday 30th August


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).
» There and Back Again (Go to post)20-08-2015 @ 19:24 
Thurs 20th Aug

Squats (belt n wraps, no sleeves)


250kg x 3
270kg x 3
280kg x 2
250kg x 7

Strict Press

60kg x 10
70kg x 10
70kg x 10
70kg x 10
» There and Back Again (Go to post)18-08-2015 @ 19:44 
Tues 18th Aug

Light upper body gym session today, just machines.

This evening decided to check web listing for the events and there appears to be a few changes, now looks like this...

1.Monster Tyre Flip 1000lb- 10m and 10m 150kg Farmers 25 metre course x 4 competitors-90secs'

2.Car Deadlift Hold 1 tonne with straps 2 x competitors

3.Wooden Log for Maximum starting weight 100kg increasing by 10kg until 2 competitors remain then weight will be nominated.

4.Stones of Strength 160kg Reps over 4ft yolk 90 secs x2 competitors

5.NEW Monster Barrel Squat for Reps 250kg 90 secs x 1 competitor (Rules and Regs to follow)

6.Strongman Flag Hoist 5 flags 300kg, 325kg, 350kg, 375kg and 400kg x 2 competitors

150kg famers will be brutal after heavy tyre... haven't done tyre in a very long time. Roll-Eyes
» time to give it another go! (Go to post)18-08-2015 @ 17:40 
You were looking sharp Sunday mate, I think you will put up some big lifts. Cool
» There and Back Again (Go to post)16-08-2015 @ 16:34 
Billytheold said:You are a champion.
Cannot see that happen.

My lower inner thigh is now purple. I now feel 90% I think.
Today I test it.

Good sign the bruising is coming out... on the mend. Cool
» There and Back Again (Go to post)16-08-2015 @ 14:37 
Sun 16th Aug

Log Press

warm-up +

130kg x 1
120kg x 3
110kg x 7

Going backwards... hopefully a rest will do the trick.


55kg x 30m
95kg x 15m
135kg x 15m
135kg x 15m
145kg x 15m


120/140/160 run

140kg x 5
» There and Back Again (Go to post)14-08-2015 @ 18:45 
Fri 14th Aug

Push Press

warm-up +

120kg x 3
120kg x 3
120kg x 3
120kg x 3

Power Clean

warm-up +

100kg x 3
100kg x 3
100kg x 3
100kg x 5
» Which WSM competitors have you 'competed' against? (Go to post)12-08-2015 @ 21:35 
Wayne_Cowdrey said:Forgot Alex Moonen.

You need to add him to your list too Ben_F Happy

Oh yeah! Cool
» There and Back Again (Go to post)12-08-2015 @ 17:10 
paddymc1986 said:Strong squating ben

Cheers Pads. Hope you are enjoying the pre/re-hab! Grin
» Which WSM competitors have you 'competed' against? (Go to post)12-08-2015 @ 17:09 
Post Edited: 12.08.2015 @ 21:35 PM by Ben_F
Odd Haugen
Jack Mac
Ben K
Mark Felix
Derek Boyer
Alex Moonen
» There and Back Again (Go to post)11-08-2015 @ 18:24 
Tuesday 11th Aug

Squat (belt, wraps, sleeves)

Warm-ups +

270kg x 3
270kg x 3
270kg x 3

Box Jumps
» There and Back Again (Go to post)09-08-2015 @ 19:24 
Billytheold said:Hey what's up? Question? I was squatting yesterday and my groin popped my leg began to buckle I had no safety in rack and people were watching so I made the rep. I don't know how but I had a nightmare about being crushed. My adductor and leg is sore. Did you ever have that happen?

Yeah, once, many years ago... rested, reduced loads and did some single leg work (leg press, lunges), did the job... was back to usual lifts in in a month. Cool
» There and Back Again (Go to post)09-08-2015 @ 16:03 
After a few days away in sunny Blackpool...

Sunday 9th August (@ Fitness Factory)

Log Press

55kg x 6
70kg x 5
90kg x 3
110kg x 3
120kg x 2

130kg x 2
130kg x 2
130kg x 1

Car Hold (with straps)

one warm-up hold
42 secs


few weights & heights but only dregs of tacky, was happy with though as glute/clow back felt better than usual

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