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Mhicbrydes
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Re: Introduce Yourself!!

Postby Mhicbrydes » Sun Jan 08, 2017 3:42 pm

Hello everyone, I'm Brandon.
I am 35 and a mechanic. In have always been interested in strength since I was a kid. I remember watching world's on ESPN religiously with my sister when Magnus competed. We were always very active as children, until 1994 when our house got a swamp cooler and a PlayStation. About 10 years ago I got the itch to really try to get strong. My journey started on bodybuilding.com. I got a good foundation on what I did and didn't like from there but didn't see any progress. I found a book called "Z last training book you'll ever need"it's a great book and I went from 135 lbs deadlift 355 with it. I want to take training more seriously this year and will post a lot here to help keep myself accountable. Thanks all.

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Re: Introduce Yourself!!

Postby Kalle Beck » Mon Jan 09, 2017 8:56 am

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Postby mistydawnj » Wed Mar 01, 2017 4:27 pm

hi just joined and signed up for the templates last night!

little background, I started back in 2008 getting back to gym just to get healthy again. Found myself at 230lbs and my back was so bad I could barely stand to wash the dishes or go get the mail. So just started the basic cardio and machines. It wasn't too long before I discovered I liked picking up heavy things and within a couple of years I was signing up for my first powerlifting meet. In the time since I've gotten down to 160lbs. Slowly, as I soon discovered I enjoyed seeing the weights go up it was ok if the scale was slow to move.

Been sticking with it for a bit now at our gym but been looking sideways at strongman. We have a friend at our ymca who competes and with his help we've gotten some strongman friendly gear. He's competing in Raleigh on May 26th and I figured...you know, why not do it with him.

I have access to a 72lb Rogue log, variety of tires, Prowler style sled, and soon a trap bar and farmer's handles. I've been using the Spud Traveling handles in meantime and broke out my fat grips again so I can try to simulate Axle press. Unfortunatley our only keg is 225lb, a bit out of my range. But I do have a 50lb sandbag here at home I can practice with.

So will see :D

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Re: Introduce Yourself!!

Postby adsteve » Wed Mar 01, 2017 4:37 pm

Hi, I'm Adam, I've been following the Facebook group pretty closely since it's inception and just now got around to joining in on the forum.

I am a classically trained musician and work in music administration in the Chicago area. I am not a serious strongman competitor by any means, but I love training this way and it definitely changed how I view myself. I lifted for years in a bodybuilding gym and always wanted to that, but I sucked at dieting, so I always felt bad about myself. I switched over to strongman and have never looked back.

I've been suffering through some injury issues, but finally have made a ton of progress in the gym and set some all time PR's, so I am hoping to compete again in the very near future, even if it's just going and placing last in a novice division!

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Postby Kalle Beck » Wed Mar 01, 2017 10:26 pm

mistydawnj wrote:hi just joined and signed up for the templates last night!

little background, I started back in 2008 getting back to gym just to get healthy again. Found myself at 230lbs and my back was so bad I could barely stand to wash the dishes or go get the mail. So just started the basic cardio and machines. It wasn't too long before I discovered I liked picking up heavy things and within a couple of years I was signing up for my first powerlifting meet. In the time since I've gotten down to 160lbs. Slowly, as I soon discovered I enjoyed seeing the weights go up it was ok if the scale was slow to move.

Been sticking with it for a bit now at our gym but been looking sideways at strongman. We have a friend at our ymca who competes and with his help we've gotten some strongman friendly gear. He's competing in Raleigh on May 26th and I figured...you know, why not do it with him.

I have access to a 72lb Rogue log, variety of tires, Prowler style sled, and soon a trap bar and farmer's handles. I've been using the Spud Traveling handles in meantime and broke out my fat grips again so I can try to simulate Axle press. Unfortunatley our only keg is 225lb, a bit out of my range. But I do have a 50lb sandbag here at home I can practice with.

So will see :D



Hey Misty, thanks for the introduction that's awesome to hear about you doing your first comp!

The key is to worry about what implements you do have and how they can be utilized and be smart about what you don't and how it can be improvised.

There is a ton of cross over in between events feel free to ask questions and In the Starting Strongman training sub forum and I'll be glad to help.


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Postby Kalle Beck » Wed Mar 01, 2017 10:29 pm

adsteve wrote:Hi, I'm Adam, I've been following the Facebook group pretty closely since it's inception and just now got around to joining in on the forum.

I am a classically trained musician and work in music administration in the Chicago area. I am not a serious strongman competitor by any means, but I love training this way and it definitely changed how I view myself. I lifted for years in a bodybuilding gym and always wanted to that, but I sucked at dieting, so I always felt bad about myself. I switched over to strongman and have never looked back.

I've been suffering through some injury issues, but finally have made a ton of progress in the gym and set some all time PR's, so I am hoping to compete again in the very near future, even if it's just going and placing last in a novice division!



Hey Adam,

Just signing up is a victory in itself.

The best part about training way more than placing in a contest, etc is how it can help with how we view ourselves. I remember how much it helped me with that and am forever thankful.

Last or first as long as you improved and had fun in the process you are growing.


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http://StartingStrongman.com/sponsors <Support SS/Affilate links
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Re: Introduce Yourself!!

Postby kodeeblue1 » Sun Mar 05, 2017 2:04 am

Hi I'm Kodee I'm 22 and I've been infatuated with strongman ever since I first started working out in 7th/8th grade. I'd like to get into some comps as soon as possible but I just moved out on my own and I think this year is going to be centered around getting life together. But next hopefully I can get into it when I have a little more freedom and things are a little more settled.

My ultimate goal is to buy a gym and get strongman and power lifting into my community and get the kids and high schoolers interested in physical fitness.

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Re: Introduce Yourself!!

Postby Pem » Sun Mar 05, 2017 2:54 am

Hi, I'm Juraj, 18 years old from Croatia. After doing some bro lifting in the past I finally got the urge to get strong earlier this year. So I took up powerlifting, learning programming and proper form pretty much just by watching youtube and filming myself lift.

But as you may know, doing the main 3 lifts gets boring, and at 6'3 seeing short guys outbench you can also be pretty annoying. That's how I fell in love with strongman. Now the biggest problem I have is that there are no gyms around with all the standard strongman equipment, however I don't need those to get strong. My goals are to get as strong as possible in pressing stuff over my head, carrying big stuff around, squatting and deadlifting. I know there's one gym across town that has a yoke and a log, and I plan on joining it as soon as I get my driver's licence.

I've been strength training for about 7 months now. My best lifts are a 440lbs deadlift, 315lbs squat and a 225lbs bench and push press.

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Re: Introduce Yourself!!

Postby Kalle Beck » Sun Mar 05, 2017 10:14 am

Welcome guys!
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Re: Introduce Yourself!!

Postby Tooth » Thu Apr 27, 2017 6:59 am

Hello

Had a tough time trying to register, but looks like the problem was fixed. I don't exactly fit the strongman make up, but it just looks too fun to not give it a try. I'm a 44 year old barely 5'6" 195lb dentist. I got out of shape in my 30's and got back into shape with crossfit. I had a love hate relationship with crossfit. I hated allot of it, but loved allot too. It introduced me to allot of exercises that I would have never even knew existed. It also showed me that I had never done anything deeper than a 1/4 squat my whole life. I took the crossfit powerlifter course given by Laura Phelps Sweat and her husband Shane. That tiny girl was stronger than anyone there. Though I had been into "lifting" since childhood, grew up watching bodybuilding, strongman, and powerlifting when they where all on tv I was blown away by Laura. I stumbled upon Josh Bryant online and began having him coach me for strength training. I was also lucky enough that Josh sent me to CJ Murphy to show me how to squat, bench, and deadlift. He suggested I do a powerlifitng meet. I thought he was nuts, but here I am four years later having done ten meets. I found signing up for meets and setting goals was a great way to stay motivated. I need a kick in the ass to keep me going. I run a very busy practice and my wife and I have three kids, so some days I need a real big kick.

So, I've had my eye on a local strongman contest, but wasn't sure I was strong enough for any of the events. Now that I've got a decent strength base and am feeling like a need more fire under my ass I said screw it I'm signing up. The contest is in Burlington MA in August. Josh will continue to do my programming, but I'm meeting with Eric Dawson this Friday to figure out how much training I can fit in and how much I'll need between now and then. I've been blessed with a career and am at an age where I can justify buying lots of stuff to train with. I train alone at home, but have everything you could want for powerlifting just nothing for strongman. Within the last couple weeks I decided to keep the powerlifting in the basement, but equip the garage for strongman. I puchased a bunch more weight off craigslist, ordered a cheap yoke off amazon, farmers handles, 10" metal log, pin thing for the duck walk, and a bunch more crap. My best pl meet was a couple weeks ago I compete raw with knee wraps 198 and had pr's across the board with a 515 squat, 335 bench, and 550 deadlift. The only lift that was a struggle was the sqauat. The events for the upcoming contest are 210 log press for reps, 455 13" deadlift for reps, 400 duck walk 30' down 30' back, yoke 700lbs 30', and stone of steel 225lb for reps. The only thing I know I can do is the deadlifts everything else is a big question mark. I'll be in the under 231 novice as there's no masters. I really don't care what category I'm in as long as I can do the events. I'll try to update my crazy journey on here. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

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