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United States Strongman Europa Games 198/181



Name: Mike Sidwell
Age: 31
Nickname: Relentless Juggernaut
Height: 5'7"
Weight: Compete 175 and 181. Non-contest weight varies depending on volume of Waffle House, but generally 192.
Years competing: Four.
Occupation: Critical Care Travel Nurse.

sid4Where do you train?

Willie Wessels U.S.S. Gym and JD's Gym.

Do you have a coach or a training crew?

Chase Karnes, Clint Darden, and Willie Wessels have all been instrumental in coaching, programming and/or tips. I'm blessed to know them. My crew is a random variation of people. But, Jamie, Johnathon and Adam are my constants.


The Meat Locker, Reaction Nutrition, Retro Brand (Waffle House apparel) and Logan University of Chiropractic sponsor me. Capo's Alaskan Beard Oil and 1740 Beard Balm support my beard.

sid2How did you first get started in Strongman?

Someone suggested I try strongman instead of bodybuilding. I was blessed to be in the same vicinity as W.A.R. Gym where Willie Wessels trained at the time.

Who is your strength icon?

My Dad and my Grandpa.

Significant other/ family?

Fiancée and training partner, Jamie; my son, Grayson; and Jamie's kids, Donovan and Makayla.








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Name: Richard Stout
Age: 28
Nickname: Lightsout Stout
Height: 5'7"
Weight: 190 but compete at 175, 200, and whatever on the in between.
Years competing: Four years.
Occupation: I am currently a fitness instructor at Navy Fitness on the Kings Bay Navy Base. I do personal training, group exercise classes, create exercise programs, and command pt's for the sailors. The job is very rewarding and enjoyable. I am looking to eventually be a fitness coordinator or facilities coordinator next. I would love to run a facility or even own my own down the road.

rich1Where do you train?

I currently train at the Navy Base with my own equipment and I train at Drew's Gym in Jacksonville, Florida (ASC Pro Andrew Clayton). I used to train at Team BSS in Boardman, Ohio; Ironman Warehouse in Youngstown, Ohio; and Iron House Gym in Niles, Ohio. Even though I currently live in Georgia, I still consider these gyms my home and will never forget my roots (great places full of great people).

Do you have a coach or a training crew?

My training partners down here are ASC Pro Andrew Clayton and our buddy Austin Voutour. I also train on base with our other instructors, Kaleb Henninger and Josh Easter. When I do go back to Ohio I always stop in and get a session at Team BSS with Brandy and Shawn Schumaker. I also catch up with the old crew in Niles, Ohio (Kris Whitsel, my brother Larry Stout and Aaron Koches), the guys that got me started in the sport and are part of our "Circus Freaks Strongman Team".


I used to be sponsored locally in Ohio by Team BSS. I do not have any sponsors down here but still wear the Circus Freaks Strongman gear when I compete.

How did you first get started in Strongman?

My friends started competing and I was finishing up my last season of lacrosse and last semester of undergraduate school and wanted to pursue another sport. I started training the events, met some great people, dedicated myself to the sport, and the rest is history.

Who is your strength icon?

I love watching Brian Shaw because he's a great competitor and a great American athlete. I've always liked watching Mariusz Pudzianowski too; guy always came to play and he closed it out and finished so often with the win.

rich3Significant other/ family?

My girlfriend Meghan Susko; she is such a great woman and always sticks by me through everything. My twin sister Stephanie Stout; she is such a great sister and supporter. She comes to all the competitions she can and is willing to make the long trips. My brother Larry Stout; he is a great training partner and brother to hang around with. He was such a huge help with preparation for World Championships last year and a great person to have in my corner. My parents and grandparents have been there through it all and have always given me great support. I have been very blessed with the great people I have in my life.

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Name: Casey Day
Age: 26
Nickname: Guys I started Strongman with called me Mario but that didn't travel with me.
Height: 5'4''
Weight: 180-200. Currently 185.
Years competing: Four in strongman, 5.5 in powerlifting.
Occupation: I own and operate my own flooring installation company. I am a floor covering sub-contractor.

casey3Where do you train?

I train primarily at home during the week. I have built a great home gym over the years. I do events at The Anvil Gym in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. I also try and get up to Minneapolis, Minnesota, to train with Tim Kovach when I can.

Do you have a coach or a training crew?

I do not have a coach, but I do bounce ideas off of Tim and Ken McClelland (Anvil owner). I do events with the B-team at the Anvil.


I have never really worked to get sponsors. It has been my belief that if I am good enough sponsors will find me. Guess I am not there yet.

casey5How did you first get started in Strongman?

Found a contest, contacted the promoter, signed up, and competed. I competed in powerlifting and got bored very quickly and sought out the strongman community.

Who is your strength icon?

Anyone stronger than me.

casey4Significant other/ family?

My wife Alisha. I would not be able to compete at the level I do without her. She is the most supportive and understanding person I have ever met. I lost my younger brother to Crossfit so that leaves my brothers of Iron at The Anvil and the Quad City Strongman crew. Those two crews got me started and keep me going.

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Name: Quint Zambon

Age: 34

Nickname: 'Q', 'Doodle', more recently referred to as 'Young Hickory' or 'Tri-Quad'
Height: 5'6"
Weight: 175 (I walk around 188).
Years competing: 3.5
Occupation: Strength and Conditioning Coach and Speed Specialist. Run my own business, which is primarily training athletes of all sports. I spread awesomeness to almost everyone I encounter.

qz1Where do you train? 

Forge Fitness in Crystal Lake, Illinois.

Do you have a coach or a training crew?

Yep, my own crew. The untouchable Strength Crew: Former LW Women's National Champion Tracy Stankavage, 2014 Arnold Qualifier Adam Corra (12th place at Worlds), 3x National Qualifier Trevor Rutkowski. Other National Qualifiers: Kevin Brummond, Scott Taylor, Sam Nirva, Rachel Stone, Kim Stone, and Andrew Webster. Former Members: Paige Roeser (12 place at 2013 Arnold World Championship), Haley Smith (National Qualifier), and Kyle Hedge (National Qualifier).


I do have a few local businesses who sponsor me for Nationals and Worlds.

How did you first get started in Strongman? 

I trained on and incorporated a lot of strongman training in my athlete training for a long time now. Sometime around 2010, I finally hung up my soccer boots. I needed something else to compete in, and I loved training strongman. That was coupled with my athletes and clients really wanting me to see where I matched up on a National Level. So I did my first show and I was instantly hooked.

Who is your strength icon?

Phil Phister was always my favorite and the guy I cheered for when I was younger. Really enjoyed the way he competed and handled himself off the "field". I especially liked Pyrros Dimas when I was a young man, and I appreciate him even more now. Little guy with so much explosiveness and strength. Still wish I had that.

qz2Significant other/ family?

Girlfriend: Tracy Stankavage (mentioned above).
Three brothers: Chad, Ryan, Ross
Two sisters: Shane and Shawn
Mom and Step Dad: Larry and Chris Cannon
Dad and Step Mom: Jim and Betty Zambon
Step Brother: Mark Cannon
Step Sister: Susan Cannon

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An EvilGenius Critique of Robert Oberst’s article “Deadlifts for Athletes?”

chavez-250x166As I said in the opening article "I DO HAVE AN AGENDA" the purpose of this forum is to offer level-headed, objective (at least as much as possible) review of published works from the world of strength and athletics. So here we go! This week's (and very first) offering is a piece by Strongman Robert Oberst titled "Deadlifts for Athletes?"


Make Your Own Atlas Stones!

brewer-250x166Here we go! So excited to write my first article for Rx Muscle! I'm grateful for the opportunity and I hope this article adds to your repertoire of skills needed to get STRONG.

I get asked this question all the time:

"I want to train Atlas Stones like a Strongman but I can't afford expensive pre-made molds and I don't have space or materials to make them. I also can't justify paying membership for a Crossfit Box just to train that one event. WHAT DO I DO??"


Young and Professional

“The key to stay on top of things is to treat eveyoungrything like it’s your first project, like it’s your first day as an intern, and stay humble”. Notorious Big had said that in the intro to Jay Z’s “My 1st Song” and when I heard this song the other day, it made me think. There are a lot of great young strength coaches, trainers and so on now. But there is also a large wave of new trainers who have already figured it all out and are experts in their field.


WHY YOU SUCK AT STRONGMAN! – A Blast from the Cannon

’ve beesuckn lifting weights since I was in middle school, and I started competing in strongman when I got to college. Five years and two national championships later, I can still openly admit I don’t have all the answers. I know, what a shocker. If you asked me years ago I would have said “I have no idea what the f*** I’m doing” and it would’ve been true. Thankfully, I had some really experienced and smart people around me.


I Have An Agenda: So Let’s Get Started!

In an age when commuagenication is easier than ever, people seem more afraid of meaningful dialog than ever before! Not a day goes by that I don't find myself reading some training or diet article that has at least one or two points i find questionable or in need of clarification. Not in always in a "negative" of hurtful kind of way just in a "I don't agree with that" or "I don't understand your point" kind of way! I admit that i am more than a little over the top when it comes to being direct and specific but if someone is willing to post their work in a public forum should they expect / welcome dialog?


The Tipping Point: Anterior Pelvic Tilts


Not many people know wtilthat a pelvic tilt is, or how it’s developed! In fact, it is a maleficent player in faulty body mechanics, instability and deficient posture and can stem (or be stemmed from) other musculo-skeletal dysfunctions. The origination of pelvic tilting can come from our everyday activities and postures which we hold for a sustained period of time. On the other hand, Pelvic tilting can come from other pre-existing structural or mechanical pathologies. There are two types of tilting – posterior and anterior; for this articles purpose Anterior Pelvic Tilting will be reviewed in depth – and it will focus on correction of the tilt, while exposing underlying issues contributing.


A College Kids Journey to an “Unattainable” Dream Rob Kearney!

Being a 22 year olcolleged collegiate STRENGTH athlete is different from most other “normal” collegiate athletes. “Normal” athletes lift weights to get better at their sport, but lifting IS my sport. This is a foreign concept amongst most college campuses, but luckily Springfield College welcomed my passion with open arms. I have been a part of a group of guys and girls who love lifting weights and being the strongest they can possibly be. Throughout my 6 years at Springfield College (undergrad and grad) I have gone through many coaches, gotten tons of advice and been lead in many different directions, and without all of those people and influences I would not be where I am today… one of the youngest professional strongmen in the country.