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Strongman Progression – The Story of 528

28 – that is the weight of Hafthor’s first deadlift session leading into his record breaking 1,104 pound deadlift. Second week pull? 572. The most weight ever pulled from the floor began with working sets in the 500’s. As the weeks went on the weight crept up, but not in enormous jumps. Even when Hafthor was pulling a few reps at 770 people were still not quite getting it. One comment on his IG post was something along the lines of “770 is a long way from 1,100, don’t think he’s going to get it.

3 Simple Ways To Increase Your Overhead!

By Josh Thigpen Author Of The Cube Method For Strongman I have a strongman class that I coach here in the Houston area and I can tell you there are a few things that I have found to be a universal truth when it comes to the overhead. I find myself repeating these 3 principles more …

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5 Ways To Improve Your Yoke Walk

By Josh Thigpen It’s crazy that no matter how long you do this sport you are always learning and always improving. I have been at this for almost 20 years and still new things click like it’s the first time I’ve ever done it. I will be the first to say that yoke has not …

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Top 5 Assistance Movements for Strongman

By Josh Thigpen Most of us know the main lifts in the gym that help with strongman. Deadlifts obviously, overhead presses, and squats are always a must for leg power. But what about assistance work? Some scoff at certain assistance exercises, but certain movements can really be helpful in strongman. Some movements can hit muscles …

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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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