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  • #436
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    Kalle Beck
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    Well it looks like it kind of works ๐Ÿ™‚ I will be working on improving functionality and adding more forums later.

    Off to compete in California’s Strongest Team ๐Ÿ™‚

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  • #482
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    Last real week of training here

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  • #619
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    Contest writeup from CA Strongest Team

    Somehow, Andrew Whickman convinced me to sign up to compete in California’s Strongest Team. promoted by Odd Haugen. So, why did I decide to compete in this contest; what was it like to complete a contest for the first time in over 3 years? First some backstory.
    The last time I competed was in December of 2015, I tore my bicep on the first event. This was after taking a break from high level competition, after a very poor performance at the Arnold 2014. I took time off for a few reasons, mostly recognizing that my body was a mess and I was downright abusing it. It appeared to be a good time to come back with the contest in 2015; but to be honest, I just flat out wasn’t in shape. California’s Strongest Team arrived at an optimal time, with my body feeling healthier than it has in years. I was able to choose the events I competed in, reducing my risk of flaring up some old injuries, and I believed the team atmosphere would put less pressure on my performance.
    Before I keep going, I want to go on a little rant. I never retired, I frankly hate the term retirement when talking about a hobby. I didn’t retire, I just knew competing was not enjoyable to me anymore. Frankly, I wasn’t healthy enough to participate at the level I wanted to, and the lifestyle that went along with that impacted too many other factors in my life. I always said if I feel ready and a contest looked fun, I would do it. A lot of people get caught up thinking they HAVE to go to the next nationals, they HAVE to compete in the Arnold. They are great contests and great goals, but if that pursuit is taking more away from your life than giving back, you have to take a deep long look at yourself and be honest. It wasnโ€™t fun, but I had to learn how to train without the goal of being the best in the world. To work on being healthy and correct a few years of neglect and abuse on my body was tough. I just stopped at some point and well.. Got fat again. Regaining that fire, and learning balance in my life took 3 years. The first contest back was a slap in my own face, showing I didn’t have that balance and humility yet, and that is why I tore my bicep.
    Competing again, and being successful was huge for me. I proved a lot to myself, I can have fun doing Strongman, I can get through a contest without an injury, I can be smart and stop just a little short like a veteran. Regardless of what the score card said, this was a successful weekend for me. I can actually enjoy the sport I love again.
    Contest Structure

    California’s Strongest Team consisted of 3 person teams, composed of at least 1 male and 1 female. Andrew asked me, so we had to find a female teammate. I reached out to Jane Battenfield, who won the MW class at California’s Strongest Woman in April. Our team looked pretty good on paper, all three of us having won state championships in the past. Each teammate got 1 implement to do and there was a weight chart for your class. Total reps or time was combined for each teamโ€™s score. I.E. I pressed the log 5 times, Andrew got 5 on the axle and Jane got 7 on the dumbbell our team would have scored 17 reps.

    Event 1: Carry Relay

    I was doing the farmers walk, Jane yoke and Andrew duck walk (sorry Andrew). Due to the placing of the implements, we also decided to do it in that order to not waste time tagging each other to go next. I was a tad worried about my grip going into this, and just nervous in general, but I felt alive and I remembered why I love this. I could feel myself going into that place I know so well, where my vision narrows and senses heighten, but kept it just at bay to not become over stimulated. The handles were much easier to grip compared to the handles I use at home. I got a solid grip and went at a quick pace, a little conservative because I didn’t want to make a mistake, had a quick turn around and re-grip and my confidence boosted, so I went as fast as I could on the way back. Once I heard the down command, I jumped right over the implement, straight into tagging Jane to go on the Yoke. She had a solid run, poor Andrew was so fast on the awful 400lb duck walk, he forget to breathe and had a little mishap at the end, but finished it out on the way back. We clocked in at 1 minute 6 seconds or so for 6th or 7th place. The winning team did it in 55 seconds, and everyone else was within 3-4 seconds of us so it was very close.

    Event 2: Pressing

    I chose to do the log, but in training was having some issues with the clean. If I lost strength anywhere in this down time, itโ€™s in my legs. I haven’t had much success squatting lately and it shows. I simply was gassed and reconditioned for cleaning each rep. In hindsight, I should have done dumbbell, and Jane log as she had never trained dumbbell. My mistake there, but live and learn. I ended up with 5 reps, Andrew 5 on axle and Jane 7 on dumbbell for 17 reps; which was our worst placing of the day. 21+ would have been big points.
    Event 3: Deadlifts

    Again, I got off easy and chose to deadlift the trap bar, Andrew got regular bar and Jane axle with wagon wheels. The weight was fairly light for all of us, but no straps were allowed which I knew would be a big factor.
    The most I had done in training was 2-3 reps, maybe 5 with straps. My goal was to complete at least 10 reps, but was skeptical about that expectation. Once the whistle blew, and I fell into a great groove. I completed rep 15 with maybe 10-15 seconds to go, and I could feel my callouses starting to tear. Travis Ortmayer was shouting at me to get one more, and as I went for it, I felt my hands shred from my palms down. As soon as I started pulling, I heard the down and dropped it, and was surprised by the damage to my hands. . He encouraged me to get another, but I showed him my hands. You know it is bad when a savage like Travis says โ€œoh okโ€.
    Then there was the torn hands aftermath of if I was going to compete again. After some medical care by Seth “Dr Meat Head”, my hands professionally wrapped by Travis Ortmayer, and somehow a drink (or two), I felt up for it.

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  • #624
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    Great write up, particularly the back story. It’s great to hear you have the fire and drive again but it doesn’t mean the last couple of years were any less important. You’re strong AF in other areas now too. Congratulations on the competition and btw I’m terrified of grip events now. ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

  • #625
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    Amazing write up, was really emotional to read all the things behind that contest and how you react good after coming back to competing and having fun with our beloved sport. Truly inspiration right there

  • #632
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    Gregory Cook
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    Sounds like you had a nice fun day competing again. Great write up. Take care of those hands.

  • #636
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    Kalle Beck
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    Thanks guys! Here is the video from the comp.

    Not everything transferred over correctly with the copy/paste

    and the full write up here

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  • #720
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    Ready to get back to some real training and qualifying for 80kg WSM

    Let the games begin!

    Till The Wheels Fall Off was fun until the wheels literally fell off and I had to fix them

    haha

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  • #757
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    Little pump work to get into the groove plus in reality I just wanna look good.

    Incline DB press

    65s 5×10 (I use power blocks which makes things hard)

    Lat Pulldowns

    5×10

    Incline db front raises 3×12

    Incline db rear delt raises 3×12

    Curls and tricep work

    I’ll do some real training next week

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  • #779
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    I still can’t get over the wheels coming off during the Till the Wheels Fall Off tour…

    Lesson learned: Titles can be jinxes.

    • #794
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      The Irony in a title for sure…

      Latest video!

      I’ve done some training as well will update this at some point

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  • #799
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    Monday

    Jane Battenfield is a strong MWW competitor and I’ll be helping her prep for Nationals so she came over to the Strongman Garage and we worked on a few things.

    Warm up of 1 leg RDL’s hip circle, etc

    Frame Deadlift
    frame is about 150 empty I worked up to 630 for 2 reps 17″ pick height and 31″ handle to handle
    Nationals is a 19″ pick height and the weight for 175s is 620 so it will be a rep feast with very little ROM

    Played around with hand position on the handles and stance width and what is interesting is the best position for me was all the way back and for Jane all the way forward. Either of those should be better than right in the middle as you can lift the weight in “sections” kind of like a deadlift bar vs an axle.

    Filmed some tips on this lift as well and that will be up on Youtube soon.

    Kept Jane at around 70% of contest weight (330ish)

    Then filmed some lifts of the “total tonnage” event for the WSM qualifiers but didn’t realize the existing scores were in KG so got a good laugh when I submitted my 185×15 haha

    Hussafel Stone at around 170lbs (my hussafel sucks it is too narrow and hard to carry) for 2 sets of 30 seconds x max distance

    3×8 ab wheel and done

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    • #803
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      That is so exciting to read that you are back to training for competing at nationals/world’s level in the u80 kg classthat gives me extra motivation to keep training hard and stay 100% focused !

      I don’t know if I will try to qualify as well for world’s at u80kg.. that will be a dream come true even because I will have the opportunity to finally meet you in person but the costs of the travel will be very very expensive.

      Will think about that but thanks for the extra motivation you always give me !

    • #810
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      Thanks Luigi,

      keep killing it yourself!

      Short clip of the pressing

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  • #801
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    Upper body Rep Day

    Axle Strict Press up to 103 4×8
    felt way too hard hard. Oh well lots of work to do

    Lat Pull downs 3×15

    Face Pulls 3×20

    seated Lateral raises 3×12

    Seated Front raises 3×12

    DB Curls and tricep press downs for a few sets of some stuff

    Felt good

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  • #819
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    Some tips for the frame carry https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4OAlczH1zcI

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  • #832
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    Squats and things

    Eagerly awaiting my new SBD sleeves but they didn’t come in time for squats ๐Ÿ™

    Wide Stance Front Squats
    185 4×8

    Nothing too hard just getting it in and a good starting point.

    I’ve been thinking a lot lately and I feel wider stance front squats have a huge carry over to events as that tends to be foot position on the pick of most events like stones, sandbags, etc plus big carry over to the car deadlift IMO.

    DB Walking lunges 3×8

    Truck Pull Simulator

    5 runs with a fairly hard resistance this thing is awesome.

    Training Vlog will be up on Youtube tomorrow with this weeks training.

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  • #833
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  • #844
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    Last weeks training with commentary

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  • #866
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    Week 2 Day 1

    Picked my log back up.

    Feels good to be reunited but got a little ambitious on the first day back. At least I pulled it off

    Log Press
    bunch of sets at 145 getting back to it and showing form to a strong kid named Connor who was traveling through.
    165×5
    185×3
    235×0 way too big of a jump dummy
    235×3 pulled that out of my ass

    Strict Press
    115 5×6

    Face Pulls

    3×20

    Shoulder raises

    3×12

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  • #876
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    Went up to Santa Cruz Strength yesterday. My friend Clay Edgin is opening up a second gym so we sat down and recorded an hour of podcasting on what goes into opening up a strength gym. That will be out in two weeks

    Then I went to train some of the qualifiers for the Strongman games which went good and bad.

    Farmers Walk
    warmed up with 115 for a few short turns and runs then went to 205 and it felt fairly comfortable. I didn’t control the turn good (out of practice) dropped it at 80ft which really sucked but oh well! For me grip isn’t something I can do multiple attempts with so the day was done.

    then went back to 115 and went around 200ft which sucked.

    My hands are still a little raw from that hand tear a month ago so grip isn’t at the best but I am sure I can get up to 220-240 by the end of this.

    Deadlift
    135×3
    225×3
    315×3
    315×16 in 30 seconds but the last one was touch and go so doesn’t count.

    reverse hypers 3×20

    I’ll do some back work today for my accessories

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  • #888
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    Deadlifts from yesterday

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  • #916
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    My shoulder/neck is not liking jerks so I have to keep working on the imbalances and stick to strict pressing and push pressing for now.

    Band Pull apart and push ups to warm up.

    Log Strict Press 145 4×8

    Incline DB bench 5×8

    Rows 5×8

    Rear delt raises 2×30

    Sling shot push ups 2×30

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  • #936
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    Walking lunges

    3x50ft

    Safety Bar Squats 5×6

    Damn that SBD Lever belt is nice!

    Hanging Leg raises 3×8

    Good mornings 3×8

    Didn’t feel great but just need to keep putting in the work

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  • #961
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    Little bullshit extra pressing day with some stability work. Cant really remember what I did…

    Monday I did

    Frame Carry up to 330 5x50ft felt fast and fun

    Deadlifts up to 455 moved good

    Ab Rollouts 3×12

    Hammer Curls 3×12

    Fun day

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  • #1000
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    Shoulder day

    Log Strict Press 150 4×8
    5+lbs over last week

    Bottoms up KB Press 3×8

    Seated Lateral Raises 2×15

    Incline rear delt raises 2×20

    Incline Front raises 2×20

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  • #1114
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    Alright alright

    DEADLIFTS

    I really have the best clients and job possible.

    My client bought me a Rogue Deadlift bar for helping him with coaching for I believe coming up on 4 years now!

    Well I got home from Texas and it was waiting for me so despite my back feeling a bit tight from the trip I had to deadlift.

    I’ve always wanted a deadlift bar because the extra flex makes me feel strong? haha I’ve found that little bit of flex really helps my position and allows me to pull more frequently.

    The Rogue Deadlift bar is well made and provides a good amount of flex. Maybe a little less than a Texas but for the price the boneyard version can’t be beat. Supposedly boneyard bars are supposed to have blemishes but I couldn’t find any that stood out past what the bar will look like after a week of use.

    So anyway Deadlifts

    worked up to a casual 495 I’ll use this as a working max for now.

    back down to 315 3×3

    then Lat Pulldowns, farmer shrugs, and hanging leg raises.

    You can pick up the Rogue Boneyard deadlift bar here for $200
    https://www.roguefitness.com/rogue-boneyard-ohio-deadlift-bar/?a_aid=524ccf204595e

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