I am competing in a small local strongman competition on the 26th of july, i did a similar one last year but with no specific training at all but id like to place this year alot better, the events are Fire truck pull
Axle clean and press
Farmers & yoke medley
Plus more than likely stones and circus dumbell
i am limited with equipment pretty much the equipment is there just for the competition , so any advice with training will help thanks guys [/quote]
Car pushing always seemed to help me with my truck pulls back when I competed. I’d have a friend get in it and crank up the music, pop it in neutral, then I’d push it with my hands on the rear bumper so I was staying low just like you need to for a good pull. I ended up pulling the tow truck they had set up for us without too much trouble.
You need an axle to train for axle. Training continentals with an Olympic bar is a good substitute, but not the same thing. It’s a whole different ball game when you have an axle. You can make one as mentioned before, or you can grab an old pool noodle, cut it to length, and duct tape it on to make a thick bar. I did that initially but a good quality axle is definitely a good investment.
Unless you have farmer’s or a yoke, they’re tough to train without. Until we got real implements, we used to do farmer’s with a pair of triceps bars. For yoke, we liked heavy high rep quarter squats and ending with some Hise shrugs.
Stones are definitely something you need to invest in if you want to get serious. Even a light stone is a good investment. My first attempt at stones, I only did 1/4 and the 225# stumped me. I picked up a 220# and after a few months of training with it once a week, the next contest I threw up the 280# without much trouble. River rocks are a good alternative, just find any big old rock lying about, throw it in your car, and bring it home.
For circus dumbbells, most of the time they’re easy unless the handle is thicker than normal. A pair of thick-handled adjustable dumbbells or some thick dumbbell sleeves should be all you need.