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.
My Nationals Journey
Once my Coach, Tom Benge, and I put Nationals on our radar it was always that competition that I had plenty of time to get ready for. It wasn’t until October! As it came down to the last month, I was feeling more ready and focused than I had ever been. I dialed in my diet so I didn’t have to worry about cutting and all I had to think about was being consistent. Show up for my training sessions, eat all the right food, golden!
Before I knew it, it was Sunday and I was leaving in 4 days! Driving to the sporting goods store to stock up on tape and energy Goo, I cried. Nerves got the better of me for 30 seconds and I cried. Wednesday night before I left I cried while I was packing. True story. Going from competitions with 5-6 in my class to a competition with 200+ athletes was no small feat! Driving the 7 hours to Reno calmed my nerves and I was ready as I’d ever be!
What is there left to say? Plenty! Bryan and Kalle bring you their first hand perspective on the largest strongman event ever held in the world with more than 200 athletes vying for NAS National Championships. Our best to all of the competitors who put on amazing performances this past weekend. This week the newly crowned ASC HW Pro, Alan Colley talks about his 7 National attempts and how important this one was plus his immediate plans. In addition America’s Strongest Woman Kristy Scott takes home her second national championship in as many weeks as she wins the overall Middleweight Championship and she tells us about the differences in the two shows and her Arnold qualifying decisions. Team GAT news, updates on Charlie Merritt and the upcoming America’s Strongest Man all on this weeks American Strongman Radio!
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The 2014 North American Strongman National Championships Journey
My performance, or lack of, at 2013 Nationals left a sour taste in my mouth. It was just like any other negative situation…limitless growth potential disguised as a negative. Once I pulled the shroud off, I began to grow. It was evident in Shreveport earlier this year. Shreveport’s learning snowballed into Nationals.
I chose to work with Chase Karnes again for programming. We prepped 14 weeks (including 2 weeks of deload) to peak for this contest. I will breakdown the events in a bit to highlight how effective his programming was. Jamie and I made several observations on my nutrition early on. We titrated carb intake up very high for me and dropped my fat intake slightly to match the current style of training. It seemed to help with speed, recovery and general energy levels. In addition, I was slowly get leaner. We dropped my carbs to zero (with exclusion of fiber) two weeks out and set a goal of never touching the sauna. My sodium/water load started at 6 days out. My weight peaked at 191 3 days out.
On this weeks ASR, the newly crowned 2014 NAS 105k America’s Strongest Man Sean Demarinis drops in to discuss his recent win and what it took to get him there: dropping 25lbs in 25 days, cleaning up his diet, driving 5 hours to the venue with piles of clothes on, the heat cranked and windows up! I wonder what Valet at the host hotel thought about that??? Bryan and Kalle bring you up to date with housekeeping notes, do’s and don’ts of athletic travel, Budweiser, Red Bull, local Reno media, the F Bomb and more on this weeks American Strongman Radio!