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15yr Old Strongman And I Think This Time I'll Stay Out of Season... For Now

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#264

Just stumbled upon this log. Awesome work so far!

The only real advice I have to give at the moment is: don’t punch people. Like, ever. You know where people who like to fight end up? Prison. Last time I checked, it’s hard to compete in strongman if you’re locked up. Just looking out for your long-term goals, bud.

Oh, and speaking of long term goals: you have some big ones. Becoming a pro strongman is no joke. It will take a hell of a lot of work and doing things you don’t really want to do to get there. And there’s no money in the sport, even at the pro level. So while I can appreciate that this is something you want to do, Don’t do it at the expense of also pursuing a real career alongside it. Making good money will become essential when you’re not under your parents roof. Competing in strongman at an elite level isn’t cheap when you consider travel expenses, gear, hiring a coach (which I highly recommend down the road), Dr bills (which you will certainly have) etc. I just spent several thousand dollars on my trip to Nationals in New York.

Last thing: come up to Dallas for Texas Strongest (in USS) if you can make it! It’s in October, and it’s hosted by my home gym. Probably a 3-4 hour drive from you, and some interesting events.


#265

Funny you should mention Texas Strongest. I’ve decided to compete in it and this has been my first real week of prep. I’m definitely trying to push myself with my academics because you’re very right when you say there is practically no money in Pro Strongman. Looking to do something along the lines of Physical Therapy, Chiropractics or Coaching Professional athletes. Since you seem to have some experience, the lightweights for Texas Strongest is under 200 or is it like 175 and under?


#266

7/18/18- Deadlift Day
Seated Box Jumps- 38in/96.5cm x5x3

Farmers Handle Deadlift- 12in Pick Height
140lbs/63kg x5
180lbs/81kg x5
200lbs/90kg x5
220lbs/100kg x5
240lbs/108kg x3 (Right hand gave at the top of the 4th rep)
(All weights were per hand, wanted 250lbs/113kg x5 but grip proved to be an issue.)

Front Squats-
Bar x10
135lbs/62kg x10
165lbs/74kg x8
185lbs/84kg x8
205lbs/93kg x8
185lbs/84kg x2x8
(Legs had more in the tank for sure, upper back… not so much. First time getting in proper front rack since I fractured my wrist, it feels fine the mobility isn’t all the way there yet.)

T-Bar Rows- (Decided to use 35lbs/15kg plates so I can pull with more ROM)
1 Plate x10
2 Plates x8
3 Plates x8
4 Plates x8
4 Plates & A quarter x8
4 Plates x6
3 Plates x9
2 Plates x12
1 Plate x20


#267

So to clarify, there are 2 Texas Strongest events, because there are 2 major amateur strongman organizations in the USA. One is called USS, and one is called NAS. The USS one is the one that will be held at my gym. The lightweight class caps at 181 lbs for that organization. NAS has a 175 class for lightweights.

Do you know which one you’re looking at doing?


#268

I’ll be doing the USS one. Thank you for the information it’s much appreciated! Will you be competing?


#269

I plan on it. The events suck for me, but whatever. It’s my home gym. And I’ll likely be doing the 198 class. I’m doing a big water cut for World’s a few weeks prior, so I doubt I’ll be up for another one in October.


#270

Awesome man, see you there then! World’s is a huge deal, best of luck. What would the other LW competitors be putting up for their static lifts? What numbers should keep me in a safe place?


#271

I won the 181 class last year, so I can tell you what it took me to win it.

I pressed a 265 axle. That tied me for 1st in the event. The worst axle press in the class was 185.

I won max stone with 300, and I could have done more if necessary. Everyone else in the class was low or mid 200’s.

There was a deadlift event for max reps on a frame. I got 26 reps with 450 (also a win). The lowest in the class was 6 reps. 2nd place got 18.

I won the Hussafel carry at 210 lbs for 200 feet in like 40 seconds. No one else finished the course.

There was also a grip event, but not useful to discuss times on that, because it won’t correlate to anything. I did win that as well.

So, I would say on the OHP event, you would need 250-300ish to win. anything over 200 is solid enough. A max deadlift of 500ish will translate well, but really 450+ keeps you in the game. Those numbers should translate to 600+ on a frame, most likely. I’ve done close to 800 on the frame you’ll be using, and my max deadlift at the time was 600. So adjust accordingly. You’ll need to move pretty fast on the loading event. Those are light weights. I’d focus on the pick. That’s where most people waste too much time. A fast pick saves valuable seconds. I really don’t know what a good time on yoke will be, for that kind of distance. Maybe 30-45 seconds?


#272

Thanks man, really appreciate it! Hoping to get around a 230-240 BB Press around comp time. On the farmers deadlift I might just have to take a loss and Crucifix Hold could go either way for me I have no clue.

As for the Loading Medley I’m pretty good with a sandbag and keg, but the stone is just a disaster for me. What can I do for my stone? I have loaded a 190 stone but never loaded anything 200+ much less walked with it for 40ft.

Yoke has always been a very good event for me so I have complete confidence in that event.


#273

Do you have stones to practice with? And how did the 190 stone feel?

There aren’t a lot of substitutions for practice with a real stone. But if you have anything close to 200 to practice with, do that. Even a 150 stone would make for good practice.

If you can learn to shoulder a stone that heavy, it would be tremendously helpful. That’s what I plan to do. I can maybe make a video this weekend demonstrating how I plan to handle the event.

As far as the deadlift goes, just train it hard and hope for the best if it’s a weak event for you. Even if you come in next to last rather than last, that’s a point saved, and every point will be valuable since the LW class will be small. It’s last man standing, which will be good for you, because you won’t have to be making any decisions.


#274

We have a 115 stone and then 190. When I loaded the 190 a while back it felt like hell getting it off the floor. I don’t have tacky and my main issue is squeezing the stone and getting it off the floor. I have a lot of confidence in my extension and I might could shoulder it.


#275

190 is close enough for practice. If you can get to the point where you can get a 190 for 3-5 reps, 200 will be no sweat.

It’s get that you aren’t training with tacky right now since it won’t be allowed at this show.


#276

7/19/18- Bench Day
Paused Bench-
Bar x10
135lbs/62kg x8
155lbs/70kg x3
165lbs/74kg x6x3

Incline DB Bench- 55lbs/25kg x3x12

Assistance Work

  • Cable Flyes- x3x15 SS W/Lateral Raises- x3x15

  • Weighted Pull-ups- 25lbs/11kg x3x3

  • Tricep Pushdowns- x4x15 SS W/Cable Curls- x4x15


#277

7/21/18- Event Training
Front Squats-
Bar x10
135lbs/62kg x8
165lbs/74kg x8
185lbs/84kg x3x8

Farmers Walks-
90lbs/40kg x50ft/15m
165lbs/74kg x50ft/15m
185lbs/84kg x50ft/15m
205lbs/93kg x25ft/7m (Really frustrating)
My grip has taken a pretty good hit since my wrist injury, my old PR is 215lbs/97kg x50ft/15m…

Carry & Load Medley- x3 Rounds
#160 Sandbag, #130 Keg x50ft/15m to a 60in/152cm load
Sandbag Pick was fast and shouldering it was easy, Light keg just to freshen up my form on the load.

Stone Load- to 48in/121cm
115lbs/52kg x5
190lbs/86kg x2 (Went for a third but it wasn’t there whatsoever)
190lbs/86kg x1 (And that was all my body had left for stones)

Yoke Walks-
230lbs/103kg x100ft/30m
330lbs/149kg x100ft/30m
390lbs/176kg x3x100ft/30m
(Speed felt great, feet were fast and start was good)


#278

7/23/18- Squat Day
Seated Box Jumps- 38in/96.5cm x3x5

Back Squat-
Bar x10
135lbs/62kg x10
225lbs/102kg x8
245lbs/111kg x6
265lbs/120kg x6
275lbs/124kg x6
285lbs/129kg x6

Hack Squats SS W/NG Pull-ups
135lbs/62kg x8
175lbs/79kg x5x8 + NG Pull-ups x5x5
(Holy crap I did a 5x5 on pull-ups, that’s a PR I’m pretty sure!)

Paused RDL’s-
135lbs/62kg x8
165lbs/74kg x8
195lbs/88kg x3x8

My body was pretty fried and I was crunched on time so no conditioning.


#279

7/24/18-
Seated OHP-
Bar x10
95lbs/43kg x8
115lbs/52kg xMax Reps RP Style. Total: 13 Reps, x6,4,2,1
95lbs/43kg xMax Reps RP Style. Total: 16 Reps, x8,4,2,2

Split Jerks-
135lbs/62kg x2
155lbs/70kg x2
165lbs/74kg x5x2
(Aside from the fatigue from the Seated presses these felt really smooth)

Assistance Work

  • Keg Waiters Walks- The keg was filled with water and it was hard as hell to keep it stable.
    Keg weighted 130lbs/59kg I think, I did 6x50ft/15m

  • Heavy Hammer Curls- x4x8 SS W/Band Face-pulls x4x20


#280

7/25/18- Deadlift Day
Seated Box Jumps- 40in/101cm x5x2
(Oh boy I’m getting to jump higher now)

Stone Over Bar-
Managed to put together a warm-up going from a #115 stone to a #150 sandbag
190lbs/86kg xMax Reps- I got 2 reps… yikes
190lbs/86kg- Felt confident and I shouldered the stone with relative ease. The floor is my enemy.
Note: How do I prevent my sternum from feeling crushed after stones??

Front Squats-
135lbs/62kg x8
155lbs/70kg x8
185lbs/84kg x8
215lbs/97kg x8
195lbs/88kg x2x8

T-Bar Rows-
1 Plate x8
2 Plates x8
3 Plates x8
3 Plates and a quarter x8
4 Plates x8
4 Plates and a quarter x8


#281

Nice!


#282

Hey @flipcollar I saw that you mentioned the Farmers DL for TXSM, would you happen to know the height for the pick?


#283

Oh man, I just realized I missed the one year anniversary of starting my log. This has definitely been a great experience and I’ve met some pretty cool people along the way. Here are some to mention-
@duketheslaya
@j4gga2
@strongmanvinny2
@flipcollar
@TX_iron
@brady888
@alex_yu
Thank you all for a warm welcome into the T-Nation Community and for all the support, advice and help on the way!