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Congrats! Those are some mighty impressive achievements.

What was it that made the continental clean click for you? I have no experience with the lift but I’ll need to learn it someday.


Excellent work, great job bringing up weak points. Congratulations, Champ!

What’s next?

Also, glad to hear that the guy who was injured is already back on track.


a few things.

one thing i switched to was going over/under on my initial grip. This helped me get a little more speed off the ground. I started doing the hand flip to over/over mid hair at the top of the high pull. That seems to work for me, so by the time the bar is resting on my stomach, I have the right grip. I also switched to a false grip for the entire movement. Thumb around didn’t work for me, I feel like I can flip under it better without having my thumb around.

The hardest part of the movement before I really got comfortable with it was the transition from bar on the belly to the rack position. The key there was getting my hips into the movement rather than just trying to brute force it up. For awhile I was relying on speed off the ground, which was why I could power clean more than I could continental clean. I was having trouble generating any force from that awkward position of the bar on the stomach. It’s just something I had to learn with practice. Confidence was very important there. Not thinking so much about the weight and trusting the movement.

I also started wearing a soft belt under my hard belt. That helped.


what’s funny about this is the guy fucking trains with me. He should have known better than to think he could beat me on a deadlift event. I think he got a big head about a max frame deadlift he hit in a show a couple months ago.

I responded on his IG asking ‘really? not even giving me an outside shot here?’


Next is a show in Galveston in 3 weeks. Then there is a world Log and Deadlift max event at my gym I’m considering end of October. I would basically just do the deadlift, my log is not internationally competitive. My deadlift potentially is. If I feel like I can hit something in the mid 600’s in the 181 class, I’ll give that a shot.


Very cool, thanks for the info!


Aug 30, 2016:

About 1 year later:

Like, I’m not really sure what you’re training’s been like in the interim, but that’s just pretty awesome. Great work overall, man.


thanks for finding that quote, that’s pretty great. I’ve put a ton of effort into my moving events, particularly in the last 6 months or so. It’s been mostly about practicing them more. Just getting my body adapted to moving with heavy things, since I neglected that for essentially my entire training life before last year. Working on mentally forcing myself to take steps that don’t necessarily feel comfortable, and just pushing for faster and faster foot speed. And foot speed still is a problem. I only won this particular event because the other competitors had shitty grip on the implement. I used a better grip technique. But yea, not nearly as slow as I was.


You did good Flip!


hey y’all.

Competed this weekend in Galveston, Tx. I weighed in at like 194. The show combined the 181, 198 and 220 classes. I didn’t really train for this one at all and ended up taking 2nd. Had a couple things not go my way that could have. First was well within my reach.

First event was axle clean and press for reps at 215. I actually missed my first clean, then got my head back in it and got 6 reps. That was good for a 2nd place tie. I maybe could have gotten 7 reps, as I left 20 seconds on the clock, but I was feeling realllllly bad. I’ve been sick for the past week, and really wanted to avoid taxing my lungs too much in the first event.
2nd event was axle deadlift. I went way conservative on this as well. Took 2nd with 545. Training had been hit or miss, and my previous 2 attempts weren’t particularly smooth. So 545 was fine with me. Just keeping myself in it.
3rd event was yoke at 550. I picked it up, walked a few steps, hated life, and quit. Took last.
4th event was soul crushing. I took 3rd in it. keg carry, 225 for 60 feet. I finished in 9.18. Got beat by 9.16. Stop watch timed, so obviously well within margin of human error. Super lame.
Similar thing happened on event 5. It was a frame hold for time. I finished with 52.55, and got beat by 1 guy who had 52.61. Damn.

So in 4/5 of the events, you could say I left a point on the table. Overall I’m good with my performance though. As bad as I felt going in, and as unprepared as I was, I can’t complain about my finish.


lil’ update y’all.

I hit a 585 deadlift the other day, and I really haven’t been training my deadlift at all recently. So that’s good. 245 log press felt easy this weekend. So that’s good. Static strength across the board is solid. And I’ve been ‘off’ for about a month now.

So I’m taking an off-season right now. I’m not going to compete again until January 20. And potentially not again after that until Nationals. I have a few goals in mind during this time. One thing I’m doing is staying ‘clean’ for at least a couple months. Haven’t done that in awhile. Probably won’t get back on until mid December. While I’m off, I’m doing my best to eat as much as possible. I feel like if I want to retain the strength I’ve built, I’ll probably have to maintain a slightly higher bodyweight. I have a goal of 210 lbs bw by the time I actually get back on cycle. I’ve never been at that weight naturally. I’ve already put on 7-8 lbs in the last 2-3 weeks. So I’m waking up just under 200 right now.

I need to get healthy. I want to start my competition season next year feeling good everywhere. Main problem is my left knee right now. I’ve had patellar tendinitis since April or May. I need to take care of that.

I’m going to get good at carries. All of them. I have a few like keg carry and sandbag that I’m already better than average at. I’m not terrible with a frame or farmers handles, or hussafel. I am AWFUL with a yoke and conans wheel. So I’ll be working to get yoke and conan to a level where I can at least finish middle of the pack. And I want to be competitive for top 3 finishes with farmers and frame.


Will your next competition be in Galveston or somewhere near there again? I’d absolutely enjoy going to one and seeing you kill the competition. I also want to be able to say I met Flipcollar in person lol, for bragging rights lol. Been thinking about possibly doing something in the women’s division after a while.


My next one is in Plano. I’ll have to check the USS site and see if there are any early next year in the Houston/Galveston area. Maybe something will appeal to me.


I sure hope so, the thought of driving to the strongman Mecca that is the Dallas/Ft.Worth area is pretty daunting.


Do you know Bryan Barrett’s gym in Waco? That’s where the most strongman talent is in the state. Ben Hayden and Tommy Sharp are absolute monsters in their weight classes. I’ve competed against Ben, he just qualified for the Arnold for the second year in a row as a LW. Tommy is a middleweight dude, and took 2nd at Nationals last weekend, winning his pro-card. And they have a handful of other dudes competing on the national level as well.

My gym, metroflex plano, has a dozen or so men and women who compete, but only a few at my level. There’s a 20 year old kid named Luke Potter who’s competed at a high level in strongman and bodybuilding, as a heavyweight/ middleweight. He won a national teen title in bodybuilding, and I think he’s won his class in every strongman show he’s done (which is only a couple or 2, but still). Super talented kid.


I’ve heard of it but have never been up there - I live in Corpus & have competed here, in Houston, & in Austin. Man I completed against Ben in my last comp, he blew the rest of us out of the water - I’m talking 10+ points. I’m happy for him that he qualified, he deserves it.

That’s an awesome talent pool man. I’ll have to make it up there for a weekend one day for a comp & tour around the gyms in the area. I think you actually competed against my buddy Jake at Dallas’ Strongest Man. I THINK he competed >200.


Jake Minze?


Benth, he hosted the comp down here in Corpus earlier this year


ah! right on, I know him. We’re friends on facebook, lol. if you happen to come across me on fb, you’re welcome to add me. send me a message if i don’t accept right away, so i know it’s you.


Sounds like a plan man!