CBS Sports Network and IMG have reached a multi-year agreement to showcase the World’s Strongest Man competition on CBS Sports Network, as part of the Network’s CBS Sports Spectacular series. CBS Sports Network will air ten 30-minute episodes from the 2013 competition, culminating with a one-hour finale crowning the 2013 World’s Strongest Man.
While all those statements are true, the fact we are looking for is that Thigpen, White and Ortmayer all competed in their very first amateur NAS show a little bar in Dennison, Texas, promoted by retired ASC Pro Chad Smith! In fact, the bar currently named Smitty’s Bar & Grill and now owned by Smith. Texas was the birthplace of North American Strongman Society (now NAS, Inc.) in 1997 and Smiity’s was the site of many early NASS contests!
Primo Chalk was formulated with... “the idea for Primo Chalk occurred to me on the way home from a workout. I had forgotten to wash my hands after Olympic lifting and pull-ups and I had a couple of rips. Driving home I thought about all the bugs that were, possibly, on the bars and bumper plates at my gym ...and now on my hands ...and the steering wheel ..and the gearshift. The first formula was a reality a few months later and we (some CrossFit coaches and I) tested it. The test was several workouts that included weight lifting We started using it in classes and nearly everyone seemed to like it better than the regular stuff. It was even better after adding an additional natural drying agent.”
Mike Johnston reported on the Rx Power Hour that THE biggest names in American Strongman have confirmed for the 2013 version of America's Strongest Man. Below are the contestants he says are confirmed to make an apperance for this years event held during the 2013 Mr Olympia Weekend in Las Vegas, Nevada on Sept 27 and 28th.
“Just have fun and enjoy yourself…” ~ A joke between Stefanie Tropea (champion strongwoman) and I leading in to the 2012 NAS nationals….we were NOT having fun.
So this was my first week of training in my 11 week lead in to the NAS Nationals…I have also seriously cleaned up my nutrition over the past four weeks (thank god for mammoth kitchen and GenTec nutrition ~ outstanding Australian companies who make this prep time so much easier for me and Jon Davie and Allison Nicoll-Matthews my nutrition gurus), which is essentially the icing on the “it is time to get serious” cake. I developed an 11 week calendar this week outlining every morning and afternoon session, for every day leading into the nationals. Jill Mills has provided the first part of my strongwomen event training and so the “fun” has begun….
Powerlifitng phenom Becca Swanson and her husband Yasir announced the birth of Azlan Anthony Chaudhari, born July 17, 2013, 2:58 am, 8 lb 7 oz, 20 inches.
Alanna Casey (winner – under 150lbs Strongwomen world championships 2013) and I laugh often about the differences between me and her. We refer to ourselves as the yin and yang of the sport simply because we seem like polar opposites; Alanna being intensely focused on the win, Me, “going with the flow” and driven by self improvement. I have been competing in NAS contests in the United states for the past 4 years and I can categorically state that the American and Australian cultures and attitudes especially when it comes to competition seem so so different.
I thought it would be interesting to answer a number of questions, me as the laid-back Aussie and Casey as the world dominating American to see how our perspectives, views and attitudes contrasted. It also gives you a little insight into both of us as athletes….So here goes, enjoy…..
The Official Line-Up for Hardcore Powerlifting’s Clash of The Titans VII at The Branch Warren Classic Expo (July 13th, Houston, TX)
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The Branch Warren Classic Expo - Houston, Texas
1030AM till 130PM (Men & Woman’s Max Lifting followed by the Women’s 315 Pound Deadlift for Reps and then the Men’s 500 Pound Deadlift for Reps Challenge)
Following a spectacular event in 2012, Giants Live returned again to Headingley Carnegie, home of the Leeds Rhinos Rugby League team, for the 2013 Europe’s Strongest Man contest. With well in excess of six thousand spectators in attendance, none of the crowd left disappointed as the competitors put on another awe-inspiring display. With an absolutely stacked field, this was unquestionably the finest ever gathering of strongmen on British soil. As would be expected for as prestigious a title as this, it was a ‘Who’s Who’ of European strongmen.
The entire lineup has been announced for the 2013 California Celtic Classic World Highland Games & Festival who is this years host of the 2013 IHGF Pro World Highland Games Championships this August in Dana Point, California.
As I type this, my clients are in the midst of their prep for the 2013 Worlds Strongest Man contest. Brian Shaw, the 2011 Worlds Strongest Man Champion will be our reference point through this weekly series of articles, along with an additional client who will be qualifying for World’s Strongest Man over the course of the next couple of weeks.
When a client is involved in strength sports, specifically Pro Strongman, several unique challenges will be present throughout my nutrition guidance with the athlete. Strongman involves numerous aspects in order to be competitive. Strength is a given. But we aren’t talking normal strength.
A hugely exciting week for the US strongman/woman community (of which I feel a part of); The event weights for the 2013 NAS Nationals were announced. After the Arnold Strongwoman Fitness World Championships, I knew I had to re-focus and fine tune my game if I wanted to have any chance at realising my goal of top three in 2014. The week NAS announced the nationals weights, I completed the “mobilisation” of my team to lead me into the 2013 Americas Strongest Women qualifier for the 2014 Arnold Classic. Jill Mills is on my strength/Event programming and mental game, Simon Colley on my Speed/Agility and I will be working with the best (proven) athlete nutritionists in Australia, Jon Davie. Essentially all of this means, that I will not need to think about any part of my prep (too much) rather, I will just do.
Zydrunas Savickas made his 2013 season debut most impressive as he attacked his own world record in the log lift and managed to hold off the Icelandic freight train known as Hafthor Julius Bjornsson for the victory—but not before “Thor” notched a world record of his own.
Zydrunas Savickas opened his 2012 strongman season with a world record attempt in the Log Lift at the MHP Strongman Champions League–Holland and you can see how close he came to succeeding with the 221-kg lift. IronMind® | Randall J. Strossen photo.
His voice was instantly recognizable, like that of a long lost friend. But it was a joyless voice, and sounded a bit feeble.
Hossein Khosrow Ali Vaziri, is 73, and is in pain. He badly needs knee surgery that he can't afford, but if the truth is to be told, every joint on his body could use fixing. A lifetime in wrestling, amateur and professional, will do that to a man. So Vaziri, better known as the evil pro wrestler, "The Iron Sheik," would on this day rather sit in his chair and let the hours pass by than talk about his life.
2012 America's Strongest Man Mike Burke is reported to have won the Giants Live Budapest event. This win gives him his invite to this years Worlds Strongest Man which will take place in Sanya, China this August 27th. More as it becomes available.
The greatest thing in life is finding someone who knows all about you and your mistakes, and still see’s the best in you ~ unknown
Of utmost importance…you must be able to trust your coach. Afterall, you are putting your welfare in their hands. Find someone who you click with and if you decide to hire them, it is very important to do 100% of what they prescribe. If you can not for some reason it is important to immediately communicate any complications so the problem can be identified and progress can continue. Following 50% of any program will give you 50% results ~ Jill Mills
The "American Goon Squad" of Pro Strongmen - Andrew "Fear the Beard" Palmer, Marshall "The Mechromancer" White, "He"-Dan Harrison, and John "The Rookie" Posen faced off against a very powerful and determiend Russian contingency, but in the end, it went the way of Mother Russia. The boys competed in 7 events and were tied going into the final event, however the four-some couldnt quite pull it out.
The 2013 version of Americas Strongest Man will take place once again during the Mr. Olympia Weekend in Las Vegas, Nevada on Sept 26th - 29th. Last year saw Mike Burke from Colorado travel overnight from Los Angeles where he had just missed qualifying for the finals at Worlds Strongest Man and domiante a very diverse field for his first ASM win. This year, Worlds Strongest Man takes place an entire 6 weeks prior ot the ASM and the field should be deep in top Americans like Derek Poundstone, Brian Shaw, Mike Jenkins, Mike Burke, Nick Best, Robert Oberst, Marshall White, Mike Caruso, Andrew Palmer and many many more.
Giants Live are back at Aquaworld in Budapest the weekend of the 22nd of June. The returning champion Akos Nagy will be taking on a host of top internationalists including Mike Burke from the USA and Ed Hall of England. The athletes are to be treated to a fairly special weekend. Not only is the Ramada Aquaworld resort one of Hungary's finest holiday locations but the athletes will be treated to a special visit to the Hungarian Parlaiment hosted by Mr Gabor Balogh, Advisor of the Prime Minister on Sport Relations and Policy. Mr Balogh is himself a multiple World Champion and Olympic medallist in Modern Pentathlon. This rare honour has been kindly created by the Hungarian Tourist Board.
Come To Me with the Solution, Not With the Problem - said every effective manager that I have had in the 13 years that I have worked for the state Government.
We see and hear of “politics” all the time in sports such as strongman and powerlifting and to be entirely honest most of what I see and hear is what I would refer to as “low-brow bitching” rather than legitimate politics. bitching does not equal politics! So moving right along from that because simply stating what is not working or what we do not like about someone or something WILL NOT ever solve the problem. In this article I want to draw attention to successful governance principles and outline the key principles that underlie one of the most valuable companies in the world- Apple.
“October 18 & 19, 2013 with the North American Strongman Inc. National Championships, Americaʼs Strongest Woman and 105 Kg Pro Americaʼs Strongest Man®! This will also be the 2-year Anniversary of Chad Smithʼs ownership of Smittyʼs and he promises one rip roaring good time, with BBQ and 'live' music after the show!,” said ASC’s Mike Johnston.