Mike Johnston, PT CSCS and Vice President of the American Strongman Corporation knows a thing or two about analysis. In this weeks PSST! Mike looks at the Good, the Bad and the just plain down right Ugly of some of the America's Strongest Man Log Presses by soem of the very best in the U.S. Mike breaks down each component in real time and in slow motion. Thanks to Carl Foemmel, Tomas Rodriquez and Brad The Wolverine Dunn for their contributions.
Eric Spoto, who for some time now was clearly the aire apparent to the bench press all time world record, crushed not one but two attempts to establish and then re-establish a new world record. Scott Mendohlson long held the 715lb mark until this past weekend when Spoto hit a controversial 716lb blast. In the video, the handoff was fast, the Go command never really played a factor leaving many to scratch their heads at three white lights. His third attempt (he opened and made 660lbs) was a very clean 722lbs that sent the crowd into a frenzy.
Kristy Scott won the Sultans of Squat 3 event at the Emerald Cup Bodybuilding Championships with an amazing 465lb squat! Kristy also competes in bodybuilding, strongwoman and is the 2012 World Silver Medalist in the Highland Heavy Games!
Mike Johnston and his now famous PSST! series brings us something I have never seen before, but now that I have, it makes plenty of sense. Creating training environments and exercises that support a specific endeavor are fundemental to progressive change and gains. Here Chuck V takes the boys into something I wont begin to describe, but as you will see, there are glimpses of deadlifting and squatting in this exercise and as Mike puts it... "It just makes you strong".
The 2013 Sultans of Squat 3 which took place at the Emerald Cup Bodybuilding Championships in Seattle, Wa saw 3 lifters nail 800lb or more squats! In the end, ASC Pro Strongman Scott Weech took home the cash and 1st place trophy with a 2nd attempt 820lb squat, just missing a 850lb squat on his 3rd. Randall Big Ro Harris came in determiend to unseat Weech but came up just short when he missed his 790lb 2nd attempt and made a 810lb 3rd attempt.
Every lifter preparing for their big event spends time in a prepatory period of training to allow them to maximize their potential of a new record. Whether personal, local, state, national or world, persevering and potentiating your best is what we all strive for. Here, Mike Johnston breaks down the squat in it's warm up phase as a way to lead to predictable form and function during your big day on stage.
In 2006 two little known strongmen were approached to have their lives invaded and documented by a pair of mildly delusional but talented movie producers in what seemed an impossible idea. Derek Poundstone was in Connecticut preparing for America's Strongest Man amongst other major strength contests while Travis Ortmayer was in Texas just making his mark in the game.