After having gone through the Woodstock experience (strongman, not music festival),
maybe I can shed some light on the subject of strongman training.
IMHO there appears to be very little relationship between gym lifts and strongman performance. In strongman competition, there are too many variables and it’s too unpredictable.
In the gym everything is pretty well standardized. Bar diameter, length, plate size, bench height and width. It doesn’t matter if it’s OL or PL, the specs are pretty specific and detailed. Not so in strongman.
The farmers walk impliment that the 4 university girls trained with was 40" long, with a 6" high handle and used 45 lb. plates. From the vids that ouroboro posted from Woodstock, you can see what the competition impliment looks like. 5’ long and 6 x 6 square tubing with a 25 lb plate on each end. That puts the handle low for the initial start. Plus the handle was 1 3/8 in diameter. That’s a big handle for the female hand when there’s 121 lb loaded on it.
The best way to train for a strongman competition is to train the events and on the type of surface that you will compete on.
The university girl that had the best gym lifts couldn’t transfer that strength to the strongman events.
On the flip side, Elizabeth, who has only been lifting for about 5 months and has never DL over 172 lb. won the tire flipping event by 8 seconds. Ingrid, who can DL over 250 lb. only managed 18’ or about 3 flips. Lisa has only been training for 4 months and never DL over 150 lb. managed 51’.
The only 2 lifts that MAY have been helpful, were front squat to immediate push press and DB push press with a neutral grip.
Ouroboro has some very good gym lifts but couldn’t seem to transfer them to the strongman events. They are similar but definitely very different.
Hope some of this helps.
I am not an expert as some of the posters to your thread have been, but doing cardio when trying to gain muscle can be counter to your goals. You might want to go extremely light on that for a while.
Good luck in your efforts