One of Strongman's most recognizable faces has announced he is taking the 2013 season off to determine whether he will stay in the game that has brought him such huge success, or whether its time to hang up the lifting straps. The Giant from the UK has qualified for the Worlds Strongest Man seven times, finishing on the podium twice and has been invited to the big dance in Columbus Ohio at the Arnold Strongman Classic, twice. From Terry's Facebook this morning:
In hugely disappointing news, the 2012 Arnold Strongman Classic winner Mike Jenkins anounced earlier today he will not be congtesting the 2013 Arnold. He simply states in the video below that he has suffered a knee injury that has him at 80-90% of his lifts as he prepared for the coming show. After speaking with Dione Wessels, Dr. Terry Todd, Colin Bryce and the powers that be, it was decided that taking the time to allow this injury to heal and explore surgical options was the best thing to do at tthis time.
It's Christmas time, which in this country means overindulgence more so than usual and as a strength athlete, I'm ok with that. What really matters is ensuring that that caloric intake increases during the cold off season months. Building quality strength, size and fortitude begins with calories. Granted, a balance of appropriate calories is important, but for those times when you want to splurge, there are lots of places to turn to, but this is one of my favorites.
Since I am taking the plunge and attempting to fulfill a very long wish to compete as a bodybuilder, it only makes sense to learn from the best. Former IFBB Pro Bodybuilder Charles Glass has worked with the best of the best as well as average Joes to bring them to their absolute best. Glass runs an uber successful full service business where his services include a full nutrition (contest prep) plan, individual training sessions and he has developed a Fix Me Analysis to help individuals identify weak areas and how to improve on them through training. Long considered the best of the best when it comes to identifying and fixing lagging bodybparts or fixing aesthetic imbalances, Charles is able wto work with clients both in person and over the web.
Fail. Adapt. Succeed. Repeat.
That’s the Ironmill philosophy. It was the message I had in big letters on my t-shirt at Saturday’s Strongman competition in South Windsor, CT. When I packed that shirt to wear at the competition, I had no idea how much that philosophy was going to manifest in my performance that Saturday.
I was having a great run of successes the last few months. I was working hard and seeing the payoff in contest after contest. In September I had gotten my pro-status as a powerlifter in RPS at the Iron Maiden Championships in Newark, NJ. In October I flew to Phoenix, AZ for the RX Muscle Bros vs Pros 12 squat and deadlift challenge for reps with bodyweight. At 125lbs, with 125lbs on the barbell I squeezed out 75 squats and 156 deadlifts to win the event by 71 reps. On December 1st, I entered my first strongman competition, aggressively bypassing the novice class and competing in the open with hopes to qualify for nationals. It paid off. I finished 2nd and got my national qualification at my first competition. I was on a roll.
One of only a few magazines, or journals, for the passionate few in Strength Sports. Whether it be Strongman, Powerlifitng, Olympic Lifting, Highland Games or Grip Strength, these guys cover it all, from around the world. MILO, A Journal for Serious Strength Athletes is that one piece of the printed puzzle that may never go away. Articles from soem of the biggest and brightest in the industry, MILO is every strength guys bible.
When GASP Clothing came on the scene in American bodybuilding circles several years ago, most people saw the line, wanted the products, but came up em pty handed. GASP, based Sweden simply couldn't keep up with Norwegian and UK demand, let alone with develing into the American market. Once the market became avaialble, sales went through the roof in the U.S. Their products, built for real athletes by athletes brings quality cloths together with terrirfic fitment for hypertrophy enhanced men and subsequently an entire womens line.
Every strength athlete needs a few specific devices in his gym bag for those heavy days. No, not tampons for THOSE heavy days, but bar bending, joint smunching days. One of my favorite wrap companies is Inzer. They have been doing it a super long time and have perfected several different types based on the need and type of exercise being performed.
While on the outside I may come across as a big ol' meathead (right Marshall?) but in reality, I am kind of bright fella. This next gift idea is something that is next level kind of stuff for me. Combining the metaphysical with real dietary ideology based on practical application over millenia is the kind of stuff that may lead us to even further superiority in the coming years.
The Bulletproof Executive introduces the first ever Bulletproof Biohacking Conference. A what? Well, I will let them tell you:
It is my wish to not only have wonderful gifts bestowed upon me by my millions of followers from around the world... but to give back in this time of uncertainty in the fitness culture. When Planet Fitness emerged on the scene as the ani-christ for true fitness enthusiasts, one very common theme emerged from their marketing - No Judgement Zones. Free of people who might make you feel uncomfortable, Planet Fitness has essentially ensured through a series of ad campaigns and in house tattle tale devices, that people like you and I are not welcome in their facilities. They have made it clear it is a maven for fatties to eat gym provided pizza, tootsie rolls and bagels. No Judgement... unless you are a bodybuilder, powerlifter, strongman or someone who looks like they lift heavy things for fun.
You can make an arguement about the next one pretty easily, but for me, there is only one choice when it comes to my favorite Chicken Sandwich. I could give a fuck about the Gay vs Christian battle that ensued recently. I see both sides of the arguement. Chik-Fil- A makes sandwiches and supports organizations not everyone is going to agree with. Gay rights groups certainly didn't like those choices and staged a "sit out" and encouraged others to join them in boycotting Chik-Fil-A in that effort.
Don't let the four points of contact fool you, a Rogue Safety Squat Bar doesn't mean squatting will be any easier.
The weight distribution is unique to this bar. Training with the Rogue Safety Squat bar is known to tax your anterior chain; the weight distribution falls between the front squat and the high-bar back squat to vary your power output training. This bar is a safer option for intense squat progressions or maximum load lifts.This bar is known to increase your maximum working weight when compared to the traditional back squat.
The boys and girls at Lift Big Eat Big (LBEB) have come up with a marketing idea that is brilliant in our little circle. Lifting Big goes without saying. We all go to the gym to train our biggest and best every day to consistently improve ourselves. Eat Big goes without saying, but often times gets a bad rap for WHAT kinds of foods we are eating. At LBEB eating big and eating right combined with training big and training right is where it's at.
Lenny Cjr hooked up with me on Facebook and asked me to check out his new product, one ina series for products called the W.O.W Strap. At first, i though thow can anyone improve on the simplicty if the lifting strap? Every gym douche in the country has a set of harbingers they gto from their local Dick's Sporting Goods and those in the know have Rehboks, Andersons, APT, Versa GRips, etc.
The Nike Romaleos 2 is newly designed for 2012. Nike made this high end weightlifting shoe even better by shaving 50 grams off the weight and increasing the forefoot flex.
Exclusive Nike contoured TPU heel wedge cups heel and supports foot to provide unmatched lifting stability
Integrated lacing and double power straps lock foot firmly in place
Supportive, durable upper materials and construction
Oustole designed to minimize wear in the heel
Krsitin Rhodes, 5 times America's Strongest Woman and this years newly crowned 2012 Worlds Strongest Woman sets another standard in strength sports. Dionne Wessels, President of the American Strongman Corporation has just informed me that:
As a pro strongman I have been competing for a long while now. I've done competitions all over America and in many different countries. I've learned that every competition is going to be different so I have to be ready for any situation.I'd like to tell y'all some of my tips and tricks that can possibly help you out when heading to your future competitions.
First thing to remember is you are going to need all of your gear at the competition. What I have found to be of utmost importance is to carry your gear (lifting shoes, singlet, spandex, etc) on the plane with you if you are flying. In 2009 I traveled to Bucharest, Romania to compete in a World's Strongest Man Super Series, unfortunately I checked all of my gear and it never arrived. I had to go purchase new shoes, underwear, socks, etc etc. I also had to borrow a belt and wrist wraps. After learning this lesson I now carry all my gear in a bag on to the plane with me, inside of the same bag I put all of my supplements as well so I make sure I have my pre workout stuff before the competition. If you don't think you can carry all your gear on with you or if you have kids and need the bag space for toys and all that at a very minimum put your oly shoes in and wrap your belt around the outside of the bag and buckle it.
Robert Oberst a Hollywood Celebrity? He sure has poised himself in a position to lately. Robert at 6' 8" and 400lbs is not your average hunky hollywood heart throb on the cover of Teen Beat and GQ magazine. He is however utilizing his attitude, his physical presence and his fortitude toward constant inprovement to jockey for opportunities.
Staged at the Los Angeles FitExpo, the 2013 MET-Rx Odd Haugen Strength Classic will offer a strongman competition, a grip competition and what Haugen is calling a “strongman combat challenge.”
The All-American Strongman contest will feature a truck pull or front squat, farmer’s walk, Viking press, deadlift, super yoke and loading. Traditionally, the winner of this contest has been invited to the Arnold, although that slot is still being negotiated, according to the event's initial press release.
15 Veterans and rookies will be competing in Vegas for the coveted ASM title and RxMusle will be right there every step of the way. You want strongman coverage in the U.S.? You aren't going to find interviews, video footage and behind the scenes access to this countries pre-eminent strength event anywhere but RxMuscle. Bryan Hildebrand Editor in Chief of Strength Central returns to America's Strongest Man to bring you what no one else does: hardcore, brutal gut wrenching coverage! Are you going to find this on Muscular Development? Nope. How about Flex online? Nope. Only here on RX!