My name is Michael Majik and for the past 5 years, I have trained to be a strongman. I love this sport. It has given me reasons to be healthy, make friends, and travel to places I never thought I would. It also has made me stronger both physically and mentally. I do it for the love of it and know the prices I can pay.
Since I started there has been one major goal, compete at Ontario’s Strongest man. In Canada we have a different path to Nationals, you qualify for provincials then, for Ontario, the top three go to Canada’s. With only 12 or so competing at Canada’s, it is a big deal to compete at provincials. Qualifying isn’t hard, as all it is, is a set of proven lifts (250# overhead and a 585# deadlift). With these done easily, I was finally in. 2014 was my year. I had made it. The flights were booked, the competition forms sent in, and training was in full swing. I was ready to compete…. But never made it there.
So what happened? Well, from years of training incredibly hard I have learned a few things. 1) Never push yourself too hard in training, leave the best for competition day. 2) No matter how careful you are, you will injure yourself the longer you are competing. That is a fact. Now it won’t always be career ending, or be needing surgery, but it will happen. No one is perfect and mistakes are made.
This week on ASR, 2x Arnold Strongman Champion, 3x America’s Strongest Man Champion, runner up at Worlds Strongest Man Derek Poundstone drops in for his take and insight to this weekends Americas Strongest Man in Phoenix. Derek, who is never at a loss for words, shares some behind the scenes stories in strongman history as well as his new born daughter Jordyn. America’s Strongest Man will take place at the Phoenix Convention Center during the Europa Get Fit Expo, October 25 and 26! NAS schedule, breaking news on who is in and who is out of ASM this year and much more!
New gyms added to the Strongman Gym Directory. to find a gym near you or submit your own gym go to www.strongmanmap.com
Address: 2515 E Rosemeade #101
Contact Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Description: Authentic Strength is a gym focused on its members becoming stronger. Whether that is through strongman, powerlifting, olympic lifting, etc will be decided by the coach and client. David Hamilton is the strongman coach and has competed at NAS nationals 4 times as well as at the Arnold amateur strongman. In addition, he\’s coached multiple athletes who compete locally, nationally, and internationally. Plus, we have: yoke, atlas stones(including 420 lb heaviest in DFW), farmer\’s, rough stones, circus db, axle, 3\” square bar, car deadlift, tires, husafelt stone, sleds, prowler,kegs, and tons of weights and bars.
The Following Article was written by Jackson Williams
Having played defensive line at a Division 1 school and always being one of the strongest on every team I was on I entered the strength sport realm a bit cocky and thinking that I would dominate. I grew up watching Worlds Strongest man and spent a lot of time sizing up the guys who were competing. Knowing they were the top level but similar in size to myself I always assumed that if I trained the implements that strongman would come easy to me. Boy was I ever wrong. I have always been pretty good at the three main powerlifting movements (bench, squat, deadlift) and I assumed that those would carry right over into my endeavors as a strongman competitor. I entered my first contest as a novice thinking it would be a good way to get my feet wet and that the weights were light so it would be an easy first place and move on to open division. Well I finished 3rd behind my friend who I trained with and a crossfit guy. I underestimated the sport and those I would compete against and never in a million years thought I would come close to third. I entered my second contest with a new outlook on the sport and took training really serious. I just knew that if I trained as seriously as I did when I played ball that I would find myself in better position than before. The lessons I had learned before paid off fortunately I finished second in a tough group and qualified to go to nationals and was lucky to learn five very hard lessons that will forever be with me during my preparation for nationals and beyond. Strongman is not for the weak at heart nor the over confident and I will be the first one to tell you that nobody cares how strong you are or what your athletic career used to be. Strongman will not only humble you but it will force you to dig down deep within yourself and make you respect the sport and never take each training session for granted.
If you asked me a year ago if I thought I was capable of becoming the nations best lightweight (175 lbs weight class strongman), I would have said, “Sure, some day. I just want to place top 10 to qualify for an invite to lift at the Arnold Classic.” To say my victory last year at the North American Strongman (NAS) National Championships was a surprise to myself and others is an understatement. It wasn’t until we were through four of the six events did I really start to believe I had a chance of winning. If you asked me the same question 12 months later, I would have a completely different answer for you.
The 2nd Pro card winner from Reno James Deffinbaugh comes by the ASR studio to talk with Kalle and Bryan about his experience in Reno and how it compared to his previous trips to nationals. He also talks about cutting weight for the show. James is the co-founder along with ASC Pro Mike Caruso of Spider Tack, one of the most recognized tacky compounds available in strongman today. He explains the total number of formulations it took to get their final products right! The guys break down the weekend ahead across the US and for the LW Americans competing in England this weekend. All this, the NAS upcoming schedule, Charlie Merritt video update, a sneak peak at the Europa weekend October 25 and 26th and a whole lot more on this weeks ASR!
The following was written by Nicholas Andrew Rush
Jessica began training again after having her second child at the age 35. Prior to this time she enjoyed weight training but mostly trained just to stay in shape. After training for a few months and getting back into shape I was somehow able to convince her to enter her first strongman competition that I was taking part in that year as well. It was the Refuge Barbell Strongman Classic in Madisonville Kentucky. (Side note: this show is great for veterans and novices put on by pro lightweight Derek Stone).
The following Article was written by Scott Wallace
I have been competing in Strongman since June 2012 and am currently getting ready for my third season. In the past two years, I have competed in seven competitions and have done very well with four top three finish’s including a first place finish and a trip to North American Strongman (NAS) Nationals in Oct 2013. Up until Nationals, I thought I was doing pretty good and was able to compete at a high level with other top Strongman. Well, that all changed at Nationals when I found out what strong really is!!!
You see as a strongman, I am pretty good in all areas except for the Overhead Press.