My wife wants me to lose the gut and get abs again, but she’s being totally supportive of my strongman goals. She went with me to Strongman Day in Lee’s Summit, Missouri today, and took a picture of me doing an axle wagon wheel deadlift and sent it to all the kids with a note ‘Look, here’s dad deadlifting 475!’. So, she must be a little bit proud.
Anyway, 10/7/18 Strongman Day at Bodies Health and Fitness in Lee’s Summit, Missouri.
Warmup: Log clean and press away at 135#, Barbell complex x3 with chin-ups 1/2/3
Log clean and press:
2x185# x a lot, hit 2 reps most of the time, only hit 1 rep a few times, missed completely 1 time due to a bad clean. Also had several sets where I failed the first rep, then recovered and got 1-2 reps without setting the log down. Also did 2 sets off pins where we didn’t clean it, but went back to cleaning after 2 sets because we all really needed to work on cleans.
Axle wagon wheel deadlift:
I didn’t try to hit competition weight on the log, just worked on a lot of cues on doing the log right. I re-watched Brian Alsruhe’s log video this morning, and then Matt gave me a lot of pointers and feedback, so I’m feeling a lot better about the log right now.
Deadlift felt good, except the new figure 8 straps I got are too small, so I can barely use them, only used them on the 475. Also, that axle is smooth and slick, so hard as hell to hold onto without straps. I wanted to hit 475 just because it’s enough different from the tire deadlift at Strength Guild that I wanted to be sure I had it in me. Also forgot to lock in my belt, so it could have been easier than it was. Did a bunch of drop sets for volume.
Matt has the 225# stone that’s going to be our competition stone, but we didn’t play with it today because he doesn’t want to initiate the gym to tacky just yet, and the stone is brand new and smooth, so without tacky there’s no point even trying. He’s going to try to set up to go next weekend to a place where we can play with stones and tacky, so here’s hoping that works out.
Also, here’s a bonus picture of me deadlifting 475 with belt unlatched, from behind because that’s where my wife was sitting.