So much good advice in this thread.
Here is how I feel you should approach this:
- Have fun. no one gets paid to do strongman outside of a select few.
- We all start somewhere, just sign up and compete. Make sure you at least get a little bit of practice ahead of time so you know what you’re doing with the implements. Even Brian Shaw was a novice at one point.
That’s it, it’s that simple to start strongman. The strongman community is full of awesome people. No one ever shits on new people for not knowing what they’re doing or not being strong enough. I have podiumed all of my competitions (luckily I was pretty strong before starting strongman, but it is very common to watch novice’s zero events) but I have never been the strongest one at any competition, even in my own weight class. But my coach is so highly technical that it rubs off on me and therefore, I am now as well. The importance of technique cannot be overstated, but you don’t even know if you like it yet. So you may as well compete to make sure it is something you want to spend a lot of time and money on.
Just be careful, it is very addictive and you’ll find yourself spending a lot of time and money on it haha.
If you do, start a training log. I love all things strongman and I love even more to watch new guys get into it and learn, even more than I enjoy watching the pros hit crazy lifts.