I'm looking to compete in a strength sport for the first time this coming June. It's a huge expo in Austin with events across the spectrum of strength/physique sports. My fiancee will also be competing in bikini. I was planning on doing the powerlifting (USPA, in the 181 or 198 class), but I saw that they are also now doing a strongman contest (I'd be in the under 200 class).
There are things about both which I like, and I know the decision is my own, and hell, since it's 6 months i can train for both before speciallizing (I think). But, I'm a lot more clear on powerlifting than strongman. I was wanting to know a few things.
1) I get that every contest is different, but what kind of weights should I be expecting for the events below?
2) For those who've dabbled in both (or either), would you recommend one or the other for your first-ever strength comp? what do you like about it?
3) There actually IS a strongman gym near my work, only problem is I train w/ my fiancee near the gym by our home. Working out together is sort of our thing, and honestly it's way more important to me than either sport. I could always get a membership to both and hit the strongman gym over lunch, but it'd be a bit costly. And asking her to drive 45 mins to a new gym when ours is within walking distance is a bit selfish and impractical.
SO, how closely could I replicate these events in a standard gym (Olympic platforms, racks, dumbbells, etc.)? I'm currently doing 531 and have some fat gripz, CoC#1, and a neck harness.
This is a Strongman Corporation (formerly North American Strongman) sanctioned Level I competition, with the top finisher in each division (top 3 in each womenÃ¢??s division as well as Masters) receiving an invite to SC National Championship. Awards given to the top-3 finishers in each division.
When: June 25th, 2016
Where: Austin Convention Center: 500 E. Cesar Chavez, Austin TX 78701
Men: <175, <200, <231, <265, 265+, Masters Open, Novice Open
Women: <140, <160, 160+, Masters Open, Novice Open
Ã¢?? Strongman Corporation (North American Strongman Inc.) membership is required of all contestants prior to competing. Membership can be purchased online at www.nastrongman.com or at the weigh-in (CASH ONLY if purchased at weigh-in).
Keg toss Ã¢?? competitors will have 60 seconds to throw eight kegs of varying weights over a crossbar. Men will be at 14', women will be at 12'. Fastest time, or most kegs completed (should nobody in a division complete all kegs), wins.
18" Tire deadlift Ã¢?? competitors will perform a max effort deadlift to achieve the highest single weight. Three attempts TOTAL. Straps allowed, no suits.
Truck push/pull medley (hoping for four lanes for this event) Ã¢?? competitors will harness pull a truck 50', then push the same truck back 50', then grab a rope from the bed of the truck, sprinting to the start line, and hand-over-hand pulling the truck a final 50'. Fastest time/most distance covered wins. 90 second time limit.
Log Clean & Press Ã¢?? competitors will perform a max effort log clean & press to achieve the highest single weight. Three attempts TOTAL.
Atlas Stone ladder (head-to-head) Ã¢?? competitors will execute a five stone ladder with various weights of Atlas stones and platform heights Ã¢?? lightest stone to the highest platform, heaviest stone to the lowest platform. Tacky allowed. Weights TBD.