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The Original Girl Gone Strong: Abbye “Pudgy” Stockton

 

 

Abbye Eville, more commonly known around the world as Pudgy Stockton, was born August 11th, 1917 in Santa Monica, California.  During her childhood she acquired the nickname, “Pudgy” and it stuck with her; little did she know it was a name soon to be known all around the world.

 

After graduating high school, she started a sedentary job answering phones and became displeased with how the inactivity affected her body so she began lifting weights — a very humble beginning for the future, “Queen of Muscle Beach”.

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Rumors Abound with a BIG Shake Up With Worlds Strongest Man

 

 

Last year when it was announced that CBS Sports would be taking over the television rights to Worlds Strongest Man, the industry wondered how it would affect the sport as a whole. Last year's event in Sanya, China, according to all of the athletes I spoke to was a near disaster; illness, heat, humidity, resort being unable to meet athletes needs, etc., things could only get better. CBS Sports I would imagine would have had nothing to do with the choice of venue, I think it is safe to say that was left to the sports producer, IMG Worldwide.

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GAT Signs Giant Pro Strongman, Robert Oberst!

 

 

 

Record-breaking professional strongman Robert Oberst will serve as a spokesmodel for sports nutrition brand GAT.

Three damaged ribs – two broken and one dislocated- were not enough to stop six-foot-eight-inch, four-hundred-pound Robert Oberst from winning his pro card. In 2012, after barely a year of preparation, the bearded “mountain man” competed in the Europa American Strongman contest. During the car lift event, he damaged his ribs. He had four events to go. In severe pain and with duct tape wrapped around his torso to prevent further injury, he continued, ultimately winning his pro card and breaking the US log press record. Today, Robert signed with GAT, one of the fastest-growing sports nutrition brands in North America.

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Branch Chain Amino Acid Supplementation - Review

 

 

I decided to do my own research on BCAAs—if you don’t care to read further—in a nut shell, if you train hard, take them. Branched-chain amino acids (BCAAs) consist of leucine, isoleucine and valine, which comprise an overwhelming majority of the amino acids your body needs for recovery and hypertrophy.

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American Robert Oberst Ninth Invitee for the Arnold Strongman Classic

 

 

The 2014 Arnold Strongman Classic had last week named the first eight invitees to this years show. Today, American Robert Oberst, the 6' 8" 400lb monster who burst onto the scene last year with an impressive showing at Giants Live in the UK and then made it to the finals at the 2013 Worlds Strongest Man was named the 9th invitee to the traditionally 10 man field.

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When is Powerlifting, Too Young?

 

 

The arguement for the safety and health of children in any sport is as relevant today as any other time in our history. Girls in gymnastics with mulitple tendon ruptures and broken bones may out number the boys playing football with joint and head injuries. However, I do not know of any clinical data to support the idea that powerlifting is any more dangerous than either of the previously mentioned sports. This article is oen that provkes the :what the hell is the problem here" gene in me. It simply doesn't make sense to target this kid or the sport any mroe than "Friday Night Tykes" on the new Esquire Channel.

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UK's Graham Hicks On 2014 WSM Run Up

 

 

A Morecambe strongman is confident he can have an excellent 2014 after taking on the world’s best strength athletes for a second time.

Channel 5 viewers saw Graham Hicks finish fifth in his World’s Strongest Man heat in Sanya, China on December 27 and miss out on a place in the final.

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2014 Arnold Strongman Classic Initial Athlete List

 

 

The 2014 Arnold Strongman Classic Sponsored by MHP will once again be among the most popular events when it is staged at the Arnold Sports Festival for the 13th time in 2014.

Last year, Vytautas Lalas of Lithuania captured his first major strongman contest victory when he outlasted a field of 10 of the world’s strongest athletes to win the 12th Annual Arnold Strongman Classic Sponsored by MHP.

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Dimitar Savatinov Talks 500lb Overhead Strategies

 

 

My name is Dimitar Savatinov and I'm ASC pro strongman. I finished 3rd place at the American Strongest Man at Olympia, just 1/2 point out of 2nd. I want to talk about overhead press which is my favorite event in the sport, anything overhead. I started training overhead press for the first time in my life in early 2009 and I barely was lifting 225lbs for 5 very heavy reps. Since then I've been pushing harder and harder to get my overhead to over 500lbs at his time.

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Beards Keep You Young, Healthy & Handsome, Says Science

 

 

Yes my bearded friends. You are scientifically more masculine, healthy and will live longer than your folically challenged friends. Rejoice in your facial hair! Science says so... and well, so does the Interwebs!

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Rogue Fitness Pro American Roster – USA Powerlifting at the Arnold Sports Festival

 

 

The list for the Rogue Fitness Pro American, USA Powerlifting event at the 2014 Arnold Sports Festival has been posted. There are some big big names on this list with an incredibly stacked Super Heavyweight class. Current IPF World Bench Press Champion Ryan Carillo leads the way with what will be a tremendous weekend of powerlifting action.

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Mike Jenkins, 2012 Arnld Strongman Champion and WSM Finalist, Dead at 31.

It is with a saddened heart and deep regreat, I announce the death of my good friend Mike Jenkins, the 2012 Arnold Strongman Classic champion and Worlds Strongest Man multi time finalist. Early reports indicate he passed away in his sleep.

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Mark Cuban thinks the NBA should study the potential benefits of HGH use

 

 

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban takes that sort of medical investment very seriously; as he said at the 2013 Sloan Sports Analytics Conference, the Mavs are "locking up our medical staff to longer-term deals than our players." And in the search for advancements, he thinks sports leagues, including the NBA, should be taking a closer look at the prospective benefits of human growth hormone (HGH), according to Sam Amick of USA TODAY Sports:

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Lou Costa: Strength Myth Busters - 3 Biggest Myths About Strongman!

 

 

6 short years ago I fell in love with the sport of strength – STRONGMAN.  Like most active kids leaving college I was searching for a competitive niche, a sport  to call my own again coming from constant competition through high school and college.

My body was growing too old/brittle for football and having dabbled unsuccessfully like most do in bodybuilding and powerlifting, my competitive prowess was yearning for something more!

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2013 Worlds Strongest Man TV Listings

 

 

Are you looking for your wintertime fix of strongman? The CBS Sports Network has released the dates and times of the 2013 qualifying rounds and finals for the World's Strongest Man. Formerly found on ESPN, CBS Sports Network has taken over the production and airing. This will usher in a whole new look at Strongman from the Giants Live qualifying rounds from around the world to the final 30+ men who battled in qualifying and ultimately in the finals. Who won? Well, it is piublic knowledge, but if you don't know and don't want to know, no spolier alert issue here. Set your TiVO's and DVR's!

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Metty Rants: Four Repulsive Athlete Qualities

 

 

“You’re the friend everyone needs and no-one wants!” Work colleague to me.
 
That’s right, I am one of those rare people who do not care what you think, you are likely to get  the truth from me anyway – love me or hate me for it! Do not mistake me for a fool, I am intelligent and calculated in terms of how I present my opinion (in most instances). I have spent some time lately identifying my values; clarifying; what is important to me, the sort of friend, aunty, girlfriend, daughter and sister I aspire to be; how I want to relate to and interact with the world, other people and myself.

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2013 ASM: Big Champion with a Bigger Heart

 

 

The America’s Strongest Man® contest has long been held in high regard among strength athletes as the title to hold in America. As big as the show is, it is not as big as her champion this year.

Fresh of of his WSM victory 5 weeks ago in China, Brian Shaw arrived in Las Vegas with a quiet confidence. Sure he had the swagger of a champion, let’s face it, he has been the WSM victor twice and a winner at the Arnold once. But, Shaw was humble. He stopped for pictures with fans, signed autographs...

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Metty Speaks: Training the Mind for the Game

 

 

 

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Metty Speaks: International Athlete Travel Tips!

 

 

It is four weeks now until I leave for LA to compete in Americas Strongest Women. This will be my sixth contest in the United States in four years~ it is a 14 hour flight from Australia to LA. I have learnt so much about travelling and competing in this time and it absolutely critical that you fully prepare your body for this, in the week proceeding the flight, during flight and upon landing at the place of contest...

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Metty Speaks: Neglected Aspects of Strength Training

 

 

The ultimate goal of strongman is to become the perfect all around strength athlete. This means that you must have brute maximum strength, repetition strength, static strength, explosive strength, grip strength as well as functional mobility ~Josh Thigpen, The Cube Method for Strongman.

So we all know you need to be strong in this sport right? It really is fascinating to talk to the top strongmen and women about how they program themselves and other athletes into strongman/women contests. I have had two of the worlds strongest athletes write me strongwomen training programs, one man and one women and their principles were TOTALLY different.

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2013 Worlds Strongest Man is? American Brian Shaw!

 

 

Brian Shaw, the former Worlds Strongest Man champion from 2011 suffered an Injury at the 2012 Arnold Strongman Classic which he struggled with at last years WSM and this years ASC. However, the prolific mountain of a man dominated nearly every aspect of qualifying and continued that into finals. Shaw bested last years WSM winner Zydrunas Savickas who took 2nd and the Icelandic Giant Thor Bjornsson in 3rd. Rounding out the top five were Americans Mike Jenkins who suffered from severe food poisoning duringqualifying and fellow Shaw training partner, Mike Burke.

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