So obviously there will be some bias to strongman over here but I’m trying to figure out whether I would like to compete in PL or SM and join SPF or NAS. So I’ve got a few questions that I’d like to ask and figure out which I may be able to excel at and enjoy the most.
I like the aspect of being more versatile with strongman. Instead of 3 static events, there are many. Also, the deadlift is my bread and butter lift and it seems that will correlate to many events more. Also, I’m 6’1, 210 and in my very little experience watching strongman it seems being taller may be of benefit in some events. My grip isn’t the strongest, though, but I’ve also never trained it directly. I’ve never dropped a deadlift or anything but then again I’m pulling just over 500.
My only problem is that I’m in PT school. I’m looking at close to $100,000 in debt between me and my wife and I don’t have access to most of the implements. The gym at school is free and is a pretty decent gym but doesn’t have any strongman equipment. I’m thinking I will buy a elitefts stone trainer to be able to work on something close to stones. Hopefully getting efficient at an Oly C&P will help a little bit but I may be able to find some money sometime to get an axle. There is a gym that is 45 minutes away that has a log. Maybe I can make it there once a month or once every 6 weeks.
So what are some opinions? Obviously to be the top of your potential you need the implements and people with experience around you but I don’t have that at my disposal. But can I make due and still improve a fair amount performing DL, F Squat, Z Squat, OH Press, etc…?