ASR this week brings Dr. Todd MCDougle, the ASC and NAS official Chiropractor and all around recovery bad ass! Dr Todd talks about his experiences in the ASC, some does and dont’s as well as breaking down Pre-Hab for all of you looking into making this sport a viable option for your health! Kalle and Bryan break news about one of the Florida NAS top strongmen, Charlie Merritt’s debilitating accident. Our thoughts and prayers to him and his family. Listen to learn how you can help this young man permanently changed with his injury. NAS schedule for Labor Day Weekend and Sept 27th, updates on the ASC seminar series and much more on this weeks, ASR!
The following article was Written by Gabby Hoffman
I should preface this by saying that I don’t coach for a living – I’m a teacher at the college level. I don’t coach regularly, yet. I’m not a certified coach (I’ll be taking my CSCS exam in the late fall) and my background is not in exercise science, it’s mostly in social sciences, academic research, and teaching. I’m just a person who really love strongman and strength athletics and really enjoys sharing that with others. That said, I had the opportunity to co-coach a strongman workshop series recently and besides it being one of the most fun and rewarding things I’ve done in a long time, it also gave me some great insight into what it means when we all say that “strongman is for everyone”.
The workshop consisted of less than 10 individuals, mostly women, who walked in with a wide range of fitness levels and experiences. Some were fairly seasoned Crossfitters while others had never clean and jerked a barbell before. Suffice to say, the majority of individuals walked in not knowing what they were getting into. While some had seen strongman on TV or at a contest, most weren’t very familiar with the sport and the majority of exposure came from our social media.
Hey Josh, Thanks for taking the time to talk with Starting Strongman and our readers. Would you please quickly give us a brief bio on your competitive history?
Yeah absolutely, I’m a 3 time worlds strongest man competitor. I have actually qualified 4 times but I had to sit out 2012 with a bicep tear. I turned pro at 22 and competed in my first worlds at 23. I have been competing in strongman for 13 years (hard to believe its been that long). I have been a pro for 9 years, and competed in close to 60 competitions all over the the world with about 55 of those being pro competitions.
Kalle Beck has been competing in strongman competitions for 7 years. A veteran in the sport with dozens of competitions under his belt he has gained a vast amount of knowledge on strongman training. 2012 was his break out year where he lost 35 pounds transforming his body to compete in the new 175 pound strongman class.
With highlights including 2012 California’s Strongest Man, 2012 Washington’s Strongest Apple, top 10 at America’s Strongest Man and 6th place at the 2013 Arnold World Championships. Best lifts include a 600lb deadlift, 505lb back squat and a 290lb log press.
Life before strongman
I think my path into strongman and where I am at now is different than most but one a lot of people can relate to at the same time. Lots of people get into strongman because they are the strongest person in their circles and/or where good athletes and thought it is another thing they could be good at. I was none of those things. I was a very small kid, usually the smallest kid in my class. I always wanted to be big and strong. More than anything. I was a very shy insecure kid and didn’t know how to accomplish this. I got my first bench for my 15th birthday and I did the usual dumb things a kid does but I did something. As Robert Oberst says “Something always does something” so I got some results and I loved it. I wasn’t anywhere close to strong but I was stronger…
This weeks ASR hears crickets? Well, not exactly. Due to US Air and their policies, Bryan didn’t make it home for an additional 36 hours and missed the window of opportunity for the scheduled guests. Kalle Beck and Bryan go it alone and have plenty to talk about. Crossfit, Canadas Strongest Man and their Pro/Am, yes you are, no I’m not debacle, BeastMetals new Yoke/Farmers/Frame/Squat/Stone Loader all in one piece of equipment review. Bryans’ trip over the weekend to watch Robert Oberst just miss a 500lb log press, but hit a 635 bench! Kalle is on the road again, ASC seminar dates and a ton more on this weeks ASR!
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On this weeks episode, Alex Viada brings his unique training style and accomplishments to the show. Alex is oen of thsoe rare individuals who has raw squatted 700lbs and run the mile in 4: 20! Alex shares his strongman conditioning concepts with us and tells us about an upcoming event that combines “functional training”, strongman, and an ultra marathon. You know, just another Saturday training session! Alix from Beastmetals talks about new equipment concepts and Beta testing with one of the best in the U.S. NAS schedules, World Deadlift Championship, Europes Strongest Man and more on this weeks ASR!