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Aug 25 15

Strong Talk Q&A: Who Taught Me What I know & What Inspires Me

by Kalle Beck -

Alan Thrall of Untamed Strength asked me who taught me what I know as an athlete and a business owner. I got somewhat off base because I don’t consider myself a business owner in the traditional sense because its not a job. Its a passion so I talked more about what Starting Strongman means to me and why I do it.

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Aug 24 15

Perfect Protein Cheesecake

by Kalle Beck -
 Article By Ryan Bergren

Cheesecake, a forbidden food for dieters.  It’s a fatty sugary and oh so tasty.  I like to enjoy my dieting endeavors and sometimes I want to have some cheesecake. If I were to eat a normal slice of cheesecake I would be looking at anywhere from 500-700 calories, or worse.

I don’t enjoy having to eat a slice that babies eat to keep my calories and macros under control.  So how can we turn this delectable food into something that is also somewhat nutritious and macro friendly. This means I can consume a larger portion while nailing my daily macros and continuing my fat loss to my goal body fat.

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Aug 12 15

How To: Zercher Yoke Carry

by Kalle Beck -

The main thing to add is when breathing to hold your breath as long as possible then take short shallow breaths. Breathing with heavy weight crushing your diaphragm is a skill in itself and should be practiced. A good way to do that is to place a heavy sandbag on your chest and practice breathing. Also heavy bearhug sandbag carries are a good exercise

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Aug 11 15

The Importance of Sleep for Athletic Success

by Kalle Beck -

“Blame it on Edison”

Article By Bryan Barrett 

If you’re looking to blame someone for your poor night’s sleep, start with Thomas Edison, the inventor of the light bulb.  Thanks to Edison, sunset no longer means the turning down of the bed; instead, sleep has taken a backseat to nightlife, and has never regained its former place.  Humans need roughly one hour of sleep for every two hours they are awake, and the body innately knows when this ratio becomes out of whack. Each hour of missed sleep one night will result in deeper sleep the next, until the body’s sleep debt is wiped clean (1).
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Aug 10 15

Mike Westerling Q&A

by Kalle Beck -
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Get Built By Mike: Proven Programming For The Strongman Athlete 

Chris Lehman Mike, do you ever adjust the low-volume approach in the off-season if the athlete is looking to add muscle, or just adjust their nutrition?
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Aug 5 15

Strong Talk Q&A: Structuring A Diet For Success

by Kalle Beck -

Talking about the importance of counting calories and how to establish good habits that will lead to great results

Aug 4 15

Africa’s Strongest Man Results 2015

by Kalle Beck -

August 1st Worlds Strongest Man competitor Gerhard van Staden took the crown of Africa’s Strongest Man

Full Results below

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Aug 3 15

5 Reasons Strongmen Should Sumo Deadlift

by Kalle Beck -

This article is undoubtedly going to be the most controversial thing I’ve ever written, so I’m going to come straight out and say it – all strongman competitors SHOULD be sumo deadlifting.

Now I have gotten your attention (and probably all of your hate), let’s look at my arguments for the sumo deadlift (or variant of), and why you should be performing them. First up, let’s dismantle the arguments I hear time and time again against sumo dealifts.
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Jul 31 15

Strong Talk Q&A: How Strong Do You Need To Be To Compete In Strongman?

by Kalle Beck -

I have to start out by saying this is a frustrating question but I understand why it is so common, no one wants to embarrass themselves. I had the same question when I started but thankfully I met a great training partner at the start of my Strongman journey in Evan Hansmann who would just tell me to do it. Sign up for a show, train hard and be a little scared you will be thankful you did.

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Jul 27 15

Gym Spotlight: Jakked Hardcore

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By: Andy “Thor” McCord @Strongman_Thor

We live in a world of strength sports where everyone is a “Beast” or “Disciple of Iron”. If you log onto any form of social media, you will see people standing in their air conditioned, well lit commercial gym, taking selfies and making statements that would lead any normal person to believe they intend to wage a full scale assault on the weights in the background. Their shaker cups in hand, and over the ear headphones in place, these are the would be ambassadors of “hardcore fitness”. Many do not even realize there is already a gym so hardcore that it’s namesake shows it. Jakked Hardcore Gym, nestled in the small town of Montgomery, Illinois, is what many would call the top training facility for strength sports in not only Illinois, but the entire Midwest.

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