FloElite continues with its live coverage of the sport something us fans have asked for a long time. Clear your schedule this weekend as there will be a lot of Strongman to watch on FloElite with the Giants Live North American Championships. Saturday will consist of the amateur North American Log & Deadlift Championships with some of the top amateurs in the country putting up huge lifts and on Sunday the Pro’s will compete for a podium spot and 1 of 3 qualifying spots for The World’s Strongest Man.
Check out the contest footage from the 2016 Arnold South Africa Pro Strongman competition
By Robert Lira
Summer is here and if you’re anything like me, you are pretty excited about all of the fresh fruits and vegetables that are in season. Hot days calls for keeping appliances off as much as possible and eating cold, refreshing foods. Cold foods, like a salsa or Pico De Gallo, are especially good with a freshly grilled piece of meat. Pico De Gallo is extremely versatile and can be added to virtually any meal, providing a cold, fresh, bright and potentially spicy flavor. It is also very quick and easy to prepare (10-15min) and does not require turning on any appliances, preventing the house from heating up more than necessary.
By Nick McMorrow
This was the 13th Annual Strongman Classic at the Sam Steele days in Cranbrook B.C. June 18th 2016.
This event is by far my favourite event (out of the few that I have attended). The whole weekend is just great. Starting with the accommodations; they have us staying at an extreme nice hotel a little bit out of town that is on a ski hill. All the competitors, volunteers and guests show up at the hotel Friday evening for a banquet dinner where we introduce the athletes, go over the rules and draw the order for the first event for the next day. That wraps up fairly early and we have the rest of the evening o just hang out, relax, and perhaps meet some new people.
Contest Write Up By Lisa Kromer
Friday before the rules meeting, Mike is flipping through channels while we kill a little bit of time relaxing before the US Strongman Nationals competition on Saturday. A couple standouts on TV were the Muhammad Ali funeral going on at the YUM center within sight of our hotel room. Another standout was the ESPN Special Catching Kayla about a young woman who despite having MS is one of the best distance runners in the country. Inspiration comes from all walks of life; Passion, a desire to succeed, to bring hope into our lives. This competition brought together over 300 strength athletes of various backgrounds, skills, shapes, sizes to do their best, a culmination of tremendous focus, training, and preparation.
By Steve Messenger
When I started training for and competing in Strongman 3 years ago I was 38 and a few weeks from turning 39. So my main goal at that time was to qualify for and compete in Nationals in the Lightweight Masters class. At that time USS was just getting started and it didn’t matter much to me if I went to NAS or USS nationals, so long as I went to a nationals competition. I started out competing as a novice and did 3 comps in that class, finally placing (2nd) in my 3rd one. So for my 4th one I went Masters Open class. I came in 4th out of 4 in that one but I didn’t zero anything and didn’t lose by a lot so I thought ok, 2016 will be my year to make it to nationals. Now during this time I was also in the process of cutting a significant amount of weight. A year and a half ago I weighed 265 lbs, and lot of it was fat. But at the same time I had to somehow also keep building or at least maintain strength, which is not an easy thing to do when dropping that much weight. But I managed to get down to around 200 and didn’t lose strength, I even gained strength in some areas with the help of Renaissance Periodization and later, Complete Human Performance.
By Aryn Lockhart – Strongman Rage
Stage four of the MHP Strongman Champions League in Holland was the 100th competition in SCL for Marcel Mostert and Ilkka Kunnen. This epic competition came with quite a few unexpected surprises. The newcomer, Eric Dawson (USA), competed in his first Strongman Champions League and shocked everyone to take the win. With 14 strongmen from all over the world, Eric left quite an impression. This year’s competition saw numerous injuries from the original line-up preventing them from competing. Nevertheless, the field was strong and the capacity-filled audience kept the athletes battling to the finish.
By Ahmad Taufiq
Comp Prep- 16 weeks out
Prep work for the Arnold’s South Africa started 16 weeks out. Prep was somewhat a high and low… High because I loss a bit of body fat with my new nutrition program, gained muscle and got really strong. The low was when I got infected with Dengue Haemorrhagic Fever at 12 to 11 weeks out no thanks to the Aedes mosquito! I was basically rendered useless for a good 2 weeks, I couldn’t train, I couldn’t eat or even walk without feeling any pain in my joint. I also lost a good 10kg (22lbs) in 10 days. I felt really down at this point because I have been taking care of my diet and have gain some quality muscle and weight.
By Dain Wallis
As a Nutrition Coach and Strongman competitor, I’m constantly being asked about the best supplements for increasing strength. Before delving into such a topic, it’s important to understand the reality of investing in supplements:
Supplements do not make you stronger, nor are supplements a substitute for adequate sleep, an intelligent training plan or a healthy diet. Supplements are beneficial only when these first three items are in line and under control. Without a solid foundation, there is nothing to actually “supplement”; you’ll be buying pills and powders and flushing them down the toilet.
With this in mind, there are a handful of supplements that can help dedicated individuals more efficiently chase their goal of increasing strength.