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Jul 28 14

A Strongman’s Take On The 2014 CrossFit Games

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Camille Leblanc-Bazinet won the CrossFit games and as shown here also had great technique on the arm over arm sled pull. Pushing through with the legs, leaning back to full extension, and reaching back with her forward hand while finishing the pull with her back arm keeping all the slack out of the rack. Very efficient!

Yes, that word, oh the sites that use it for click bait. You could say I am doing the same but this is my honest take and I felt this was necessary  to point out the overwhelming prevalence of Strongman movements in the programming for the games this year and how not being prepared really hurt some of the competitors!

In CrossFit they drill their technique on Weightlifting & Gymnastics movements multiple times a week but Strongman movements are seldom seen in most competitive CrossFiters programs from what I have seen and if it is included it is more “We have a yoke lets carry it.” I see some pretty inefficient technique used from the videos I have seen and this is no ones fault but our fellow Strongmen. Look at all the Weightlifting coaches traveling around giving Seminars every weekend to CrossFit boxes and by doing so introducing more and more people to their sport. The same is just not done with Strongman, there is of course the CrossFit Strongman seminar but I think that is more of an introduction to the movements and not the fine tuning of technique to shed time off the athletes workout and how to most efficiently do the movement which will result in less fatigue.

With that over lets look at the Workouts
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Jul 25 14

American Strongman Radio – Episode 15 – Alanna Casey, Jon Andersen, Kate Barksy

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What a jam packed 2 hour show this week! First, Alanna Casey calls Bryan with some slightly unsettling news about Las Vegas where they discuss deployment and competition. Next Jon Strongman Anderson calls Bryan to talk about being a new 3 sport Professional after his NPC Masters Nationals and IFBB Pro card win! And our scheduled guest is the Athlete and Event Coordiantor for the BC Xtreme Athletes Strongman Association, Kate Bassky. She talks about Canadian strongman and how she, at the age of 25 nearly died after a misdiadnosis of congestive heart failure and how she survived to after 5 months in a coma and a year in the hospital. Plus, Americas Strongest Man events are revealed, SCL Serbia results, Gym and company of the week and the beginning of Strongman Problems all right here on ASR Radio!

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Jul 24 14

How to Press a circus dumbbell

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Jul 21 14

How To Deadlift A Car

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With Nationals fast approaching and the car deadlift again being an event for now the 5th year in a row. I feel an article with my tips on what has lead to my success in the event would be beneficial, especially since I will not be competing this year ;) I

I see a lot of car deadlift videos and people posting big numbers, 15,20, even 30 reps! This might make you feel over confident going into Nationals, I have to stress the car deadlift at Nationals will be HEAVY and very different, the frame doesn’t flex, the handles are lower, You will not pull it for 30 reps. Well the one guy did in 2012.

There is also a lot of misconception with the car deadlift. I will list the five most common mistakes I see.
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Jul 19 14

American Strongman Radio Episode 14 John Posen & Adam Lane

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On this weeks ASR Bryan and Kalle introduce the two newest ASC Pro’s to the community. John Posen won the Heavyweight while Adam Lane won the Middleweight class at the Odd Haugen MetRx Strength Classic in San Jose. Updates on America’s Strongest Man, NAS Nationals in Reno, details on this years Americas Strongest Woman and Pro Middleweights in Las Vegas and Record Breakers at the Europa in Phoenix in October.

 

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Jul 15 14

Athlete Spotlight: Martin Wildauer

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Hi Martin, thanks for taking some time to talk to Starting Strongman, please introduce yourself to our readers.

My Name is Martin Wildauer (born 27 November 1987) and I live in Tirol, Austria. I work for the government in building permissions in my hometown and my hobbies are swimming, hiking, and working with wood but my greatest passion is strength sports – Strongman, Powerlifting and some Bavarian Stonelifting (a traditional strength event in Bavaria where the goal is to lift a heavy stone – starting at 254kg/559lbs – 1 meter/3.28ft high). I am 7x Austria‘s Strongest Man, World’s Strongest Man finalist, current leader of the well known Strongman Champions League, winner oft he SCL Portugal 2014 and winner of the Giants Live in Finland 2011. I am also the current world record holder in the Bavarian Stonelift.
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Jul 13 14

Odd Haugen Strength Classic / San Jose Fit Expo recap

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I spent all day yesterday at the San Jose Fit expo watching the top Amateur Middleweight and Heavyweight athletes in the country battling it out to become the next American Strongman corp Pro. There was some amazing performances and it really made me remember why I love this sport so much, the athletes in it are just phenomenal. I also worked a bit behind the scenes giving the live updates via social media, and interviewing event winners. I hope I did a good job and as a fan or friend of the competitors you were able to get a better sense of what was going on. It gave me a new found appreciation for what it takes to run and organize a big show like that. Doing the updates took a lot of work! I now know what I need to do differently to make it easier and better next time. I also want to post more up to the minute videos but anyway.

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Jul 11 14

Getting Women Interested in Strong(Wo)man

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One of the first things that people say to me when they find out I compete in Strongman is “You can do that?! I had no idea they had women competitors.” While Strongman has traditionally been considered a male-centric sport, more and more women are participating. There are even women’s only contests! I’ve mentioned before that I have a unique situation at my gym – there are far more girls than guys on our Strongman team. As of now, we have 4 women on our Strongman team and a few more who are incredibly interested in participating in a contest in the near future. Now, part of that is due to the fact that I attend a Crossfit gym that has a high percentage of female members. But a large part of that, in my opinion, is due to other factors including the coaching, the fact that getting strong is encouraged, and the general attitude of gym coaches and members. Beyond that though, I’ve noticed that there are more women, in my region at least, participating in Strongman due to thefact that they’re not intimidated by it.  There’s a solid group of ladies who compete in the region that all know each other -
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Jul 9 14

American Strongman Radio Episode 13 Ryan Wendt

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Jul 9 14

Athlete Spotlight: Leslie Hofheins

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Hey Leslie thanks for taking the time to talk to Starting Strongman! Go ahead and introduce yourself, what is your athletic background? Your best lifts (squat, Log Press, Deadlift, bench, etc) and how did you find your way into the world of Strongwoman competitions?

My name is Leslie Hofheins and I’m 43 years old and have been competing in strongwoman competitions for the past two years. My current best lifts are a 405 box squat, 325 front box squat, 451 raw conventional deadlift, log press is only 150 but I hold a Middleweight NAS record for overhead barbell press of 185. I also currently hold the 18″ deadlift middleweight record of 515#. I no longer compete in bench due to a rotator cuff injury.

I started lifting weights in high school and college for swimming and water polo but didn’t know what I was doing. I hated being sore but liked that I got faster in the pool! I stopped all sports when I got married at 23 but then started lifting weights again at 33 to lose weight and get stronger to lift my physically disabled child as he got bigger. I was also 38% bodyfat at the time and severely depressed. After going through a divorce I hired a trainer to show me the way in the gym. He quickly told me at I was the strongest female client he ever trained. I just assumed I was average. I had never heard of powerlifting. A year later I started competing and absolutely fell in with lifting, it became an addiction.
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