I decided I want to do a contest although I’m not that strong yet. This http://www.nastrongman.com/pdf/2013/2013%20Entry%20From%20WEB.pdf
will be in my area this summer. I’ll be competing as a lightweight novice so none of the weights look too bad. I’m sure I can get at least a rep on everything except for the stones, which I’ve never done.
I wonder what advice you guys have on preparing for the contest. I’ve got about 4 months and I just finished my third cycle of 5/3/1 and am on a deload this week. At this point, do you recommend I continue with some cycles of 5/3/1 for general strength or should I start focusing on specific contest prep.
My thoughts on the events:
Axle clean and press: At 185, I figure I should be able to power clean this and shouldn’t have to do any messy stuff with a continental and switching my grip. I want to get some fat grips and practice this since I won’t have regular access to an actual axle. If I’m going for reps at 185, how heavy should I train? My 1RM is around 210 on the push press right now.
Deadlift: Not much to say here. It’s a deadlift. I am pretty weak at the deadlift though, so I could probably only get 3-4 reps right now at this weight. Since it’s light, I figure I’ll need a lot more to be competitive. Should I just focus on getting a stronger deadlift and figure that will translate to more reps at a lower (but still pretty heavy for me) weight. I’ll have to get straps since I’ve never used straps before.
Sandbag: I’ve picked a 190lb sandbag up before so I’m pretty sure I’ll get 175 off the ground. I figure for this event I should just practice. How heavy should I practice?
Medley: Yoke and prowler. Is there an advantage to going heavier on the yoke so that 500lbs feels lighter?
Stones: I guess I need to get access to some of these for practice. Any good ways to practice in a conventional gym?