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Powerlifter trying to also be a Strongman. 90ish kg IG @the_iron_rook

The Science of Strongman: The Curious Case of the Bumper Plate PR

By Mark Jones  There are a number of terrible reasons to love bumper plates. They are rubbery, bouncy and don’t smell like rust. They take up tons of room on the bar, creating the illusion of lifting lots of weight. You can even slam them down from overhead if you enjoy using a bent barbell. …

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The Relationship Between Arousal & Performance Part 1

By Bryan Barrett The structures for controlling arousal are located in the brain and can be demonstrated in the following example. A competitor has warmed up for the next event, yoke walk. He begins going over the event in his head, this competition is one of the biggest of the year. These thoughts lead to …

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Cardio For Strongman

By Drew Spriggs  I’m going to call it straight off the bat – I absolutely despise cardio. That being said, given the number of strongman/powerlifters/strong mofo’s who have died an early death due to “unknown heart conditions”, I decided that after competing at GPC Worlds in Las Vegas this year I’d step my cardio game …

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The Science of Strongman: How heavy is the car deadlift?

By Mark Jones How heavy is the car deadlift you say? This age old question has been a topic of conversation since cavemen first started deadlift cars and blogging about the paleo diet. There is no question that picking up the end of a beastly machine using nothing more than your own strength is a …

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For The Love Of Strength

By Kalle Beck  This will be somewhat more of a personal piece, so be warned. It won’t have any tricks to make you a stronger lifter, how to improve your log press or fix your deadlift lockout. My reasons for writing like this are entirely personal. I started this site/blog (when it was LetKalleLift.com) as …

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10 Things I’d Do Differently

By Josh Thigpen  I have been in competing in Strongman for 14 years. In that time, I have competed in over 60 competitions all over the world. More than 50 of those have been pro competitions. I have qualified 5 times for the World’s Strongest Man competition and competed in 4 (I sat out 2012 …

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5 Reasons Why You Keep Losing The Truck Pull

By Mark Jones  A machine is anything with moving parts that uses energy to do work. Like in any mechanical system, no machine is ever 100% efficient. [1] This means that the energy put into the machine, is always greater than the work accomplished by the machine. Just because a machine requires the most energy …

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Mike Westerling Q&A

August 10th, 2015 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? Mike Westerling Chris Lehman: Hypertrophy occurs as an adaptation to increased stress. As the athlete gets stronger and they are handling more weight in their workouts they are …

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5 Reasons Strongmen Should Sumo Deadlift

By Drew Spriggs  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 …

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Interview With Dimitar Savatinov

Interview By Christian Saba Starting Strongman recently got the chance to catch up with Dimitar Savatinov shortly after competing in World’s Strongest Man, 2015. We asked him some hard hitting questions about cookies, strongman, and his life. Hailing from Bulgaria, and with a background in the circus, it certainly seems he’s seen it all. Outside of …

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