Jas's Strongman Training log

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  1. Holy sh!t! That's some Deliverance type stuff. Man, I didn't realize there was this level of redneckery anywhere near DC. That might top any story that I can think of, and I'm from the midwest.

    Maybe some gyms around your area have some strongman stuff. I live part time in Chicago, and there are a few hardcore gyms up there that have some strongman equip. It seems possible that someone would have something in your area.

  2. I'm definitely gonna find somewhere decent to train around here, can't be that hard. The deliverance training center is about 30 miles west of DC. It just all of the sudden gets real redneckery out their. I didn't mind driving half an hour each way to train, but I do mind squealing like a pig after training sessions. I've got a while to figure it out. Soon I'll start a 10 week powerlifting routine that I've been devising. Hoping this will take me to a 655 deadlift, and a 405 incline press. Currently I would guess I can dead 605 and incline 375.

  3. I think those last 50 pounds, ie 280-330 really separate the men from the boys. It also depends on whether or not you are allowed to use a loop in your belt to help you clean the log. With the loop, placed under the log on the clean to help lift it, 265 was easy for me (I mean surprisingly easy). Without the loop, I couldn't do 260 (that was also 2 months ago, though).

    I'd like to get up to 300 by the contest but it may not be realistic.

  4. By a loop, do you mean the excess part of the belt is kind of folded into a loop? I hate belts, or the one I have at least. It's real stiff, and a few years back I was squatting and my back hunched over sending me into the safety pins, but before the bar reached the pins I was folded up and the belt busted up my ribs. Belt never seemed to help me either. Guess I need to work on that. I haven't used a belt in years.

  5. Yeah, I mean the excess folded into a loop that sticks out about 2 inches at the belly button. When you go to clean a log you really sort of roll it up your chest. So when you lean forward to start the roll the loop slips under the log and it helps you lift it. You can't really power clean or hang clean a log since the center of gravity is out a few inches further away from the body. You won't be able to do much at least.

    WTF? You deadlift 600+ sans belt. That's crazy. My belt really protects my f-ed up back. I put the ****er on ridiculously tight, it takes like 20 seconds to get it on.

    What sort of squat numbers do you have?

  6. Gotcha. I really want to try log presses. I bet its awkward as hell at first.

    Yeah, no belt. I never felt the need for it really. I think I have really good genetics for deadlifting. I think I deadlifted 405 at 160 or so after only a few workouts. I'm a spinal erector specialist. My torso is probably the same height as Danny Devito's.

    Squat is decent. I should probably be working on that more than the deadlift. My last memorable squat session was 455x10, nothing super deep, just to parallel.

  7. I'm gonna take my insomniatic self to bed. I'm a freak show. I'll sleep for like 12 hours a night for a few days, and then a few days of an hour or two. Don't try this, as I am almost always tired.

  8. You sound like my training partner with your good deadlifting genetics. I light him up in everything, which I should since I've been at it much longer and am a number of years older, except on deadlift. He's probably doing 585 now at 205-210. His dad did 800 at one time so the genes are there.

    The log is awkward as hell. I still lose balance and have to take a step forward or back with 125 every once and a while. You catch on quick.

    I gave up on squat and deadlift at 20 because of my disc issues and only started doing them again no more than 1.5 years ago so I'm hoping to get them up more. I should mention that I do all my 400+ squat sets with knee wraps as well.

  9. Wed.

    BW : 219.7

    standing military:


    BW - 35
    BW+70 - 10 (first set really fried the triceps)

    shoulder assist

  10. Thurs.

    BW: 220.8

    power snatch (never done any snatching before):

    partial power snatch (just explode up like a power snatch but don't turn your wrists over - for upper back)

    gripfest 07:
    double overhand BB hold:
    315-32.7 s

    one hand hold on fat part of barbell:


    500# hexbar hold: 15.7s
    550# hexbar hold: 11.4s

    core work

    My hands were done by these hexbar sets. I've done around 42s with 500# before.

  11. Sunday:

    log clean and press
    255 x 3

    235 atlas stone load over 51'' bar in 60 seconds:

    465# yoke carry- ~45ft+turn around+back 45ft
    run 1 - 27.7
    run 2 - 22.33

    empty keg toss for height: (eyeballing the heights next to a building)
    toss 1 - ~16ft
    toss 2 - ~18ft

    12 tire flips:
    34 seconds (previous group record - 38.73s)

    Drive-by deer stonings - 0 failed attempt (record - Alexander with a set of 3) .......inside joke

    Overall, a good day of strongman. The log is still feeling good. One concern is that I'm using a loop in my belt to help the clean. I believe this will be allowed at the contest, but the wording is ambiguous. I'll have to contact the guy.

    The stone preformance wasn't really too great. By the time I was up, there were deep holes next the bar where the stone always settled in. I either had to lift it from an extra 2-3" deeper or roll it out of the hole and be slightly out of position. Oh well.

    My first run on the yoke was pretty poor with the damn thing swinging everywhere. The second run was the best that I've ever done with it. 465# is fairly light so we'll up it next time.

    Taking last week off from deadlifting was probably the difference maker on the tire. Every flip was explosive, and I caught a few of them on the small bounce after the tire had flipped over.

  12. Tues.
    BW: 220.3

    squat to 14.5'' box:

    front squat as fast as possible:

    upper back machine work
    core work

    My legs were still a little sore from Sunday, but my 405 set felt good. I took my time and took deep breaths between reps. I think 7 will go up easy next week.

    With the front squats, I'm hoping to get more leg drive for my log presses. We'll see if it helps. I wish I could these properly in the rack position, but my triceps are just too tight.

  13. Wed.

    BW: 220.5

    standing military-
    -meant to try 225 but my shoulder wasn't feeling great.

    315-3 (raised butt off bench a little, though)


    shoulder assist

  14. Thurs.

    BW: 219.5

    deadlift- reps in 60 seconds
    425-11 in under 40 seconds
    -nothing left for anymore after 40s


    grip stuff:
    2.5'' Crusher hold
    -right 43.5 s
    -left 37.8 s

    -right 22.7 s
    -left 21.3 s

    max lift with crusher (one hand deadlift it and hold it for a second)
    right- 115 -failed -got it off the ground but lost it before I locked it out


    core work

  15. good stuff, looking strong as hell Jas
    Nice lifts
    BTW did you get you a deer yet

  16. Thanks, Brass. I'm starting to figure out what volume of training works for me. LOL, no deer yet, but I'm working on my technique.

  17. Sunday- Strongman day

    log press -
    265 - 2* - on the 2nd rep, I locked it out but I walked half marathon under it and never got my feet set before dropping it.
    275 - 1 - PR

    Atlas Stone load and unload to 48'' in 60 seconds:

    Tire Flip highjinks (we stacked tires on top of each other to get these weights)

    4000# car pull for about 70 yards:
    1 min. 6 seconds

    The log is still feeling good, and I'll try 285 and maybe 295 next week. I've started doing sort of a push jerk where I adjust my body postion under the push to get it locked out quickly. It's working great and just sort of started happening without any special training.

    The stones felt great as well. I did 4 in about 27 s and "single-motioned" the 4th one and probably could have with all of the first 4 (stone loads often involve 2 motions where you lift it up and set it on your thighs in the sitting position, regrip the stone, and then roll it up your chest to the platform). I ran out of gas around 35 s or so, but I think there's a lot of room for improvement on these.

    The tire flips were fun, but it should be noted that the 750# flip with two tires is easier than flipping an actual 750# tire because the top tire falls off as it starts to flip (same with the 900 and 1100). It's the same off the ground, I think.

    The car drag is misery after about 35s. I tried a medium but steady pace, and it did not work at all. Last time I did this, it took 54s going at max. speed. Building up momentum is the way to go. Ya live and learn.

  18. good log. i'm going to keep an eye on it. strongman stuff interest me.
    880 Squat w/Wraps @ 220
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  19. Thanks. Are you interested in trying it or just following it? I'm sure you'd be quite a force at it given your powerlifting numbers. One of my training partners was a fairly successful powerlifter who started strongman about 1.5 years ago and has done very well.

  20. Both. I’m thinking of doing an event next year. A guy I used to lift with is a SM competitor and has all the implements to train with…tires, stones, ect. After catching up on your log I emailed him to see what events he is doing next year and see if I can do a 6 week training cycle with him prior to a meet. Not set in stone.

    But catching up on your log inspired to take that first little step anyway.
    880 Squat w/Wraps @ 220
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  21. Awesome. 6 weeks will probably make for a solid training session. Finding an "in" to the scene is sort of key since the equipment is hard to come by.

    We have a group of usually around 7 guys training on Sundays, and it's fun as hell. Every Sunday is like a mini-contest, and one of the guys keeps track of all the records for top performance. After my first training session in June, I was hooked. I figure that I'm not getting any younger, and SM or powerlifting is a great sport to pick up in my upper 20s.

    Let me know if you have any questions, and I'll be keeping a close eye on your log (as I have been). And I may try those pause squats this week as my deadlift can use any sort of help that I can give it.

  22. Monday:

    BW: 219.4

    squat to 14.5-14.75'' box (apparently the surface isn't completely flat):
    405 - 4
    315 - 12

    front squats - as fast as possible especially at the top

    2.5'' Crusher holds:
    right - 43 seconds
    left - 48 seconds

    right - 2.51 s
    left - 13.5 s

    retry right - 1.03 s
    retry right again - 4.97 s

    This was my first time doing squats to the box without the mirror in front of me, and I was way off on my form. Monday squats just aren't working with the Strongman stuff on Sunday. I'll have to move them to Tuesday permanently.

  23. The crusher holds seemed to have really bothered my elbows. Maybe I should only do them every couple weeks.

    Also I guess the handle width on them is 2.5''.

  24. Wed.

    BW: 219.5

    standing military:
    225 - 2.9 (spotter touched me briefly at the elbows on third rep but I might have had it by myself)

    325 - 2 + 1 forced rep

    BW+135 - 7
    BW - 20

    shoulder assist

    A friend deadlifted 585 and almost got 605 raw today. It kind of pumped me up for DL tomorrow. Maybe I'll try to max out.

  25. Thurs.

    BW: 220.4


    snatch (sloppy form required):

    550# hexbar hold:
    round 1 - 40s
    round 2 - 27s

    upper back machine work

    core work


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