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Female Strongman Competitors Wanted!

I’m not exactly sure what I’ve gotten myself into here, but that I suppose that’s the exciting part!

There is a strongman comp. June 20th, in OIL CITY, PA. Originally there wasn’t a woman’s class, but the host and I have been communicating back and forth, and he said that if I can get three or more girls that will commit to this then he will arrange a meet for us!
It doesn’t matter if you’ve never competed before…I haven’t! :stuck_out_tongue:
I’d be honored to compete against anyone here though…

The events would be:axle press for reps, frame deadlift for reps, Odd object / atlas stone load, Tire Flip, and Farmer’s Walk. The promoter does not know what the weights would be, as he has never hosted a women’s event, but would be sure to give plenty of notice and post here once he sees an interest…that is, if I can pull this off! lol…

And I encourage anyone who is interested to go to http://nastrongmaninc.com/chairmen.asp, locate your chairperson, and find out if there are any training groups in your area!

I’m not sure how many lurkers there are, but if you are feeling shy, feel free to PM me!

Would be nice if this could be posted in Strength Sports or GAL or some place with more lurkers/views…

You never know when some dude who doesn’t check Powerful Women will talk to his wife or girlfriend about competing…

I DID post in the GAL forum, and this magically made it’s way over here!! LOL!!

If the magic forum fairies are reading this, can you also put this thread in the strength sports section? :smiley:

Yay! Hehe. I sure wish I could come compete, that sounds like a lot of fun.

wow, I get around…
Someone knows what they are doing, LOL! Thanks magic Forum fairies! :stuck_out_tongue:

I hope they are able to get enough competitors. If you are looking to compete in a strength sport, this is a great place to start. That doesn’t mean it’s easy. Far from it.

My first competition was a local strongman event that was pretty relaxed. It was definitely competitive but far less structured and rule driven than a PL meet.

I wasn’t terribly competitive because I’m not very big (or strong as it turns out) but it did wonders for my confidence just knowing I could go out and do it and everyone is cheering for you even when you bring up the rear.

You will have a lot of fun.

Thanks Julie!( I always want to add an ‘a,’ instead, since my daughter’s name is Julia! :P)

It sounds like a good fit for me! :stuck_out_tongue: And having fun is what it’s all about…
I mean for all I know, I’ll get up there going against Becca Swanson! yikes…

This would be a lot of fun. It is just at a terrible time for me. I am supposed to graduate around then.
Hey, you should see if there is a local women’s rugby team in the area and see if they are interested. From experience, rugby players love this sort of thing, especially if they can drink lots of beer afterward.
GOOD LUCK!

I’d consider it.

If the entry fee isn’t too high, and the weights aren’t too ridiculous.

HAHA! Thanks sb-that would be a serious drive for you anyway…

Buckeye-REALLY?! Im not too sure what the weights are…I’ll ask what the entry fee will be…PA wouldn’t be too far of a drive for you? For me, I think it’s about 6-7hrs…but I was going to leave early friday morning, and make a weekend out of it!

[quote]mom-in-MD wrote:
HAHA! Thanks sb-that would be a serious drive for you anyway…

Buckeye-REALLY?! Im not too sure what the weights are…I’ll ask what the entry fee will be…PA wouldn’t be too far of a drive for you? For me, I think it’s about 6-7hrs…but I was going to leave early friday morning, and make a weekend out of it! [/quote]

Yes. Well, at the moment I’m just curious. It looks like its about a 4 hr drive for me. I’d make a weekend out of it too.

I don’t know how I would train for strongman, but I’m pretty sure I can rig up most of the stuff at my gym. We have tires, sandbags, fat bars…

I’m not really interested in competing in PL again yet, but was considering an August meet. So I don’t know if the two will conflict. Or if I could just get away with doing a PL meet later in the year. I’ve been getting a lot of shit lately for not doing the last 2 meets my gym put on…

aw, gotcha…

If it helps, I don’t know how to train for strongman either :stuck_out_tongue: sounds like you have the basics though…From what I’m learning, just train the events! I think you can still train the big three, but maybe have a ‘strongman,’ day.

I found a group that trains that I’m going to check out this weekend…hopefully I’m not too much of a goober and they’ll let me train with them!
;p

Here’s a copy of the the entry form and an explanation of the events!

http://www.nastrongmaninc.com/pdf/entries/oilcity2.pdf

[quote]buckeye girl wrote:
mom-in-MD wrote:
HAHA! Thanks sb-that would be a serious drive for you anyway…

Buckeye-REALLY?! Im not too sure what the weights are…I’ll ask what the entry fee will be…PA wouldn’t be too far of a drive for you? For me, I think it’s about 6-7hrs…but I was going to leave early friday morning, and make a weekend out of it!

Yes. Well, at the moment I’m just curious. It looks like its about a 4 hr drive for me. I’d make a weekend out of it too.

I don’t know how I would train for strongman, but I’m pretty sure I can rig up most of the stuff at my gym. We have tires, sandbags, fat bars…

I’m not really interested in competing in PL again yet, but was considering an August meet. So I don’t know if the two will conflict. Or if I could just get away with doing a PL meet later in the year. I’ve been getting a lot of shit lately for not doing the last 2 meets my gym put on…[/quote]

BEG, if you’re even thinking about doing this comp, I strongly encourage you to go ahead and do it. Obviously I’m biased because I’m a strongman competitor and I love it, but my honest opinion is that its at the very least worth a shot.

I’ll tell you right now that I dont think the weights will be a problem for you. The women’s division has a) a wider talent range between the elite-level womens competitors and the lower level competitors than the men and b) a greater percentage of first-time competitors than the men (this is my impression, not established fact.) Both of these factors combine to make promoters very hesitant to make the weights too intimidating, especially since the sport would love an influx of more women. I’m sure it will be challenging for you, but I cannot conceive of a reasonable contest promoter using weights that a woman who has been training for strength for any appreciable time would bomb.

As far as training for it, just for anyone interested … in looking at the event list, 3 of the 5 events can be reasonably copied in the gym.

The log lift: obviously work your overhead, preferably DBs, palms facing together. You’ll also need hip pop for the clean so DB or KB swings would be good. Clean is rep is also a gut buster, so you’ll have to be in condition to go all out for 60 seconds.

Car deadlift: if you have a trap bar at lexen, just put it up on blocks and pull from 16" the technique change wehn you actually get to the contest and have to “lean back” to finish the pull is negligible

Farmer’s walk: obviously grip. Do your deadlift warmups double overhand as heavy as you can before switching to mixed grip, do plate pinches in between sets … anything you can think of to work grip really. I will add that dumbbell farmers walks are MUCH harder than farmers walks with actual farmers handles (because of the tendency for the DB to want to “roll” out of your hand) so if you do those - which would probably be another good idea, as long as youre not dropping Lexen’s DBs all over the place - dont be discouraged by the weight you use

Tire: this is one that cant really be replicated in the gym, so the fact that lexen has tire is good. One word of advice, in addition to the “sumo” technique you guys may be using, try getting your feet close together and your hands wide - tough to explain, but im sure you can find vids on youtube. For everyone else, full olympic squats are the best advice I can give, but try to get access to a tire even if only for one day before a contest. Failing that, pay very close attention to guys before the contest. If you’re feeling very daring ask someone to show you how to flip a tire day of the comp. If I weren’t too far zoned out right before a contest I’d be perfectly willing to help out a newb, so it’s worth a shot. Maybe the promoter could even suggest someone day of.

Stones - I’m not gonna lie, stones are tough/impossible to really truly replicate in the gym. Best you can do is deficit deadlifts with the bar touching your toes to replicate the pick and front squats to replicate the load. And even that’s not the same. IF you could get your hands on some stones and tacky even ONCE before the contest that will help tremendously.

I am definitely interested, depending on what the weights will be. At your link I found a strongman crew about an hour away from me; maybe I can train with them.

I am the promoter for this contest and We will defiantly have a woman?s division but I will change a few things for the ladies. The car deadlift will be a side handle frame deadlift and the Log press will be a 2" axle clean once and press for reps. I will get back with everyone on the weights once I do some research, talk to Dione, and set the weights.

Below is a great link to an article the shows how to set up a Strongman routine

wow, THANKS!
I’m so nervous and excited now…this is REALLY going to happen, wow!

I guess I better compete now that I’ve gone and opened my big mouth! LOL! :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye:

KBC- thanks for all the tips…fire away with whatever else you got!

Saan- yes, do it!!

I found a group and going on Sunday to train!

[quote]KBCThird wrote:
Tire: One word of advice, in addition to the “sumo” technique you guys may be using, try getting your feet close together and your hands wide
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I think this video demonstrates the technique described above.

Thanks for the video Malonetd…

This vid is pretty cool, for those without access to atlas stones…