Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Western New York Strongest Man Events

I've had some questions about the events I'll be competing with on July 19. Here is the list as it stands:

1) Incline Log Press for reps: 235 lbs
2) Farmers Walk 225 lbs each hand 25yds. Backwards sled drag ~450 lbs 25yds
3) Axle Clean and Press/Jerk for max weight
4) Loading Medley: various items and weights, sandbags, machine parts, stones, logs, etc.
5) Axle Deadlift for reps: 405 lbs.

Overall, not a bad setup for me. Incline Log Press will be a challenge because until I returned from Germany on June 9 I have not trained the bench press in any form for about 4 years. Its going well and I'll get ~10 reps come comp day.

Farmers Walk to backward drag should be a good event for me. My grip is strong and conditioning good. I do not have farmer's walk handle yet (they're being made as I type) so I cannot quiet replicate this to date. I have been doing some backward drags of my 550lbs. tire for this distance and hope to sprint with the 450lbs. sled.

Axle Clean and Jerk for max weight will depend on my competition. I feel 250lbs. should go easy, 275lbs. if I have too. I know the top pro-lightweights can do over 300lbs. so that is the standard I set for myself. I do keep improving every week which is a good boost of confidence.

Loading Medley. My conditioning is good which always pays off big time later in the day. I feel good and have been doing some moving/loading of heavy objects and feel good. It will all depend on speed.

Axle Deadlift for reps. Very confident in this event, which has me worried that i'm not training it enough. I've done well with this event in the past (12 reps @ 450lbs. for 2nd place in Febuary).

Just a couple of hard training days left to shore up some weaknesses. I generally feel very good and anticipate a very good day July 19 in Dunkirk, New York.

1 comment:

lopa said...

Nice Andrew! Thanks for posting this. It is fun to follow and I'm looking forward to seeing your results.