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This Weekend, Men in Skirts, er... KILTS!


One of the largest Highland Games in the country is the Texas Scottish Festival and Highland Games in Arlington, TX the weekend of May 4, 5, 6. With more than 50,000 people expected to attend it certainly will have its share of highlights. SallyAnne and I will bring you all of the Festival highlights including Bagpipers, Food tasting (yes, Sally has agreed to eat Haggis), beer and whiskey tasting, Highland Dancers, and much more.

It’s been 8 years since I competed in any sporting event. I have competed in Strongman, Powerlifting, Strength Demonstrations but none of them have been as much fun as competing at a Highland Games event. When I was living in the Northwest, there was summer long circuit from Vancouver, BC to Eugene, Oregon that I have the fondest memories of. Sleeping in tents on the fairgrounds at the massive Scottish Festivals, the amount of Scottish Ale and Single Malt whiskey we consumed, as I look back at it now, frightened my liver!


Coney Island Strongman Oddities Return


The strongmen are back for one day only at the Olde Time Coney Island Strongman Spectacular on May 20th at 2:30 p.m.

A display of such magnitude has not been seen on the streets of Coney Island for over 60 years. In an effort to bring back the grandiose family friendly spectacles that Coney Island was once known for, Coney Island USA and Adam RealMan, in association with Chris Rider, have collaborated on what can only be described as a colossal event. They have gathered some of the strongest men in the country for a showcase of unusual acts and super human feats the likes of which your eyes have never seen. Not since Coney Island’s golden years have giants such as these performed at the legendary amusement mecca in a free, all-ages event staged right on the street. Each of these performers has several unique feats that they have mastered, as well as the classic strongman standards that no strongman cavalcade should be without.


Biomechanical Analysis of the Deadlift


This article is one in a great series that the strength sports guys over at Elite FTS have produced over the years. Science is  the most important element to discovering new concepts and creating applicable training to those principals. Thanks to Elite FTS and Martyn Girvan for this article. Hopefully you can gleen information from this to make you the next Benedikt Magnusson or Richard Hawthorne!


Powerlifting USA Magazine: R.I.P.


Many of the athletes reading this right now that have ever participated in a powerlifting meet have probably had either their picture or their name printed from a meet they competed in, in Powerlifting USA. Mike Lambert has been in the business for 35 long years supporting the sport he was so passionate about. Below, Mike outlines the demise of one of the greatest strength journals of all time.



Odd Haugen Strength Challenge, San Jose Fit Expo

 On July 14, 2012 the Odd Haugen Strength Challenge will be at the San Jose Fit Expo in San Jose, California. This event is OPEN to all qualified NAS member athletes. The top three athletes in each weight class will qualify for the 2012 NAS National Championship and the Open Champion will get a direct invite (entry fee waived) to the 2013 All American Strongman Challenge including travel reimbursements (flight or milage) and hotel accommodations for two nights.


"Daddy" Glenn Ross and Ed Hall Break a Unique Record


In Strength Athletics, there are certainly a lot of "Unique" records out there. Sometimes, they are obscure enough that people have forgotten about them for a time and when it pops up, someone gets the brilliant idea they should give it a go. Legendary UK Strongman "Daddy Glenn Ross and Ed "Spartan" Hall settled on a tie for a new world record in the brick lift with 25 each.


2012 Maine IAF Call To Arms

 On Saturday June 2, 2012 Attollo Productions is putting on the 2012 Maine Call to Arms, arm wrestling tournament sanctioned by the International Armwrestling Federation (IAF). The weigh ins are set to start at 2pm and the event should kick off at 330PM. We are offering cash prizes for the winners of each right arm weight class, and weight classes are split up accordingly: 0-154lbs, 155-176, 177-198, 199-242, 243+


Giants Live; Down Under

Giants Live: Melbourne!

Giants Live is the official world wide arena based qualifying tour for the World’s Strongest Man. To kick off the 2012 season, Giants Live is in Melbourne, Australia as part of the FitX Expo this weekend March 17 & 18.


Big Men in the Big Apple

With less then 72 hours until the kick-off of the 2012 American Strongman season the
folks at ASC seemingly never sleep as they announced today the site of the 2012
Americaʼs Strongest Man®. “We are very proud to announce that the location for ASM
2012 is New York City,” said ASC President Dione Wessels, “This our biggest event of
the year, and the timing and location will guarantee that this will be the best strongman
show of the year!”


ASC Preview: The Icelandic Giant, Thor Bjornsson

Last year we saw what could be the beginning of a trend in cross-over athletes in the strength game. Specifically, those who were competitive in one sport, but crossed over to strongman usually via an injury in the original sport. American Brian Shaw won the 2011 Worlds Strongest Man event in North Carolina. Shaw, a former collegiate basketball player stands 6’ 8” tall. He also breaks the long lanky basketball stereotype by weighing in regularly over 420lbs. Well, he now has company. The massive Shaw can now look someone dead in the eye when he is competing. Iceland's Haptor “Thor” Bjornsson stands 6’ 9” and topped the scale at the Worlds Strongest Man at 430lbs last fall. The affable 23 year old bank security guard will be competing alongside nine other invitees at the 2012 Arnold Strongman Classic.


Meet Your Arnold American Athletes

Here is a brief look at the American Athletes selected for the 11th annual Arnold Strongman Classic. Half of this star studded field of ten are Americans. That in itself is not unusual, but it will be the first time two American ASC winners will battle. It is also the first time there have been three champions; Poundstone, Savikas and defending champion Brian Shaw will go head to head. Here are the 10 athletes squaring off for the coveted title as the biggest, the baddest and the strongest strength athlete on the planet.


Your Doctor is not the Devil

I receive dozens of health related questions in my PM or email box every week from athletes from nearly every sector of sports (except badminton. huh...) asking for guidance with Peptides, AAS and mostly, health issues. Most want help deciphering their blood work results or want more information about a disease process that affects them that they didn’t quite understand at their doctors office. And somehow, lots of STD questions too. Lots of naughty people out there... I really enjoy getting information out to these men and women who might otherwise be misinformed by gym rats and places like bodybuilding.com who only “heard about a friend” who had the same issue.


Breaking News: Benedikt Magnussen Injured during prep for Arnold Strongman

Sean Katterle, promoter for Hardcore Powerlifting is reporting on his Ironman Blog that Benedikt Magnussen has torn a bicep during his prep for the Arnold Strongman Classic. Benedikt was to compete at the Arnold and then return to Dallas, Tx to compete in the Hardcore Powerlifting event at the Ronnie Coleman where last year he set the All-time heaviest dedlift ever pulled in competition at 1,015lbs.


2012 National Weightlifting Preview, at the Arnold

 From March 2nd - March 4th the strongest athletes in the country will be competing to be named the 2012 National Weightlifting Champion. For the first time since 2008, USA Weightlifting’s National Championships will be held in conjunction with the Arnold Sports Festival in Columbus, Ohio. In the halls of the Greater Columbus Convention Center eight male weight classes and seven female weight classes will be contested for the top prize and the right to claim the title of “Strongest Athlete in America” in their bodyweight.


USAW 2012 National Weightlifting Championships & Women's Olympic Team Trials


Daily weigh-in and lifting schedule are subject to change. Changes, if needed, will be announced at the TECHNICAL Conference. No weight class changes between days will occur. The only changes that may occur will be the actual weigh-in and lifting times. If a lifter fails to make weight, they will not be allowed to participate in the event. THERE WILL BE NO EXTRA LIFTERS. This will be a one-platform competition.

FRIDAY March 2, 2012

 1               MEN            56              150           7:00 AM     9:00 AM
 1               MEN            62              181           7:00 AM     9:00 AM
 2               MEN            69              219          10:00 AM   12:00 PM
 3               MEN            77              250          12:30 PM     2:30 PM
 4               MEN            85              261            3:00 PM     5:00 PM
 5               MEN            94              283            5:30 PM     7:30 PM

SATURDAY March 3, 2012

6                 MEN           105             292            8:00 AM     10:00 AM
7                 MEN           105+           295          10:30 AM     12:30 PM
8                 WOMEN        48             100            1:00 PM       3:00 PM
8                 WOMEN        53             121            1:00 PM       3:00 PM
9                 WOMEN        58             131            3:30 PM       5:30 PM
9                 WOMEN        63             142            3:30 PM       5:30 PM

SUNDAY March 4, 2012

   10          WOMEN         69             148               8:00 AM       10:00 AM
   11          WOMEN         75             153              10:00 AM      12:00 PM
   11          WOMEN         75+           164              12:00 PM        2:00 PM
   12          Olympic Trials All Women’s Categories   2:00 PM       4:00 PM

IMPORTANT NOTICE REGARDING RESULTS AND AWARDS FOR WOMEN’S SESSIONS: The Olympic Games Ranking list as updated following the conclusion of the National Junior Championships, will determine the 15 women selected to compete in the Women’s Olympic Trials, scheduled to begin on Sunday, March 4 at 4:00 p.m. Qualification for the Olympic Trials shall be contingent on all eligibility requirements, as specified in the approved Olympic Games Selection Procedures, being met. The women selected for the Olympic Trials will only lift in the Trials session on Sunday and each athlete’s results will be dually recognized as National Championships results.

The results from women’s weight classes contested in the Trials portion of the competition will be combined with the results from the National Championships portion of the competition to determine final results for those particular body weight categories. For women’s weight classes contested in both the Nationals and Trials portions of the competition, medals will be presented at the conclusion of the Trials portion of the competition on Sunday evening. Medals for women’s body weight categories NOT being contested in the Trials portion of the competition will be presented after the appropriate session during the Nationals portion of the competition.

The 2012 National Weightlifting Championships and Women’s Olympic Trials will be the final qualifying event for the Women’s Olympic Team. Similarly, the women not selected for the Olympic Trials will only lift in the Nationals sessions on Saturday and Sunday, and each athlete's results will be dually recognized as National Championships results and Trials results, so that the totals made by those athletes will count toward Olympic Qualification as well as placement in the Nationals.

World Strongman's pulling power hits Abu Dhabi

 ABU DHABI // Kevin Nee is the type of chap who likes to keep a close check on his daily intake of calories - up to 10,000 of them.

Kevin also likes to pull fire engines, but he has his reasons. He wants one day to be recognised as the world's strongest man.

In Abu Dhabi yesterday at least he made the top nine, in the WSF World Strongman Championship.


Arnold Amateur World Strongman Championships

Arnold Amateur World Strongman Championships

The Arnold Amateur Strongman World Championships, which proved to be one of the Arnold Sports Festival's most popular events when it debuted in 2010, will once again feature more than 50 of the world’s top amateur strongman athletes from about 20 countries, including at least  20 athletes from the United States.

The third-annual Amateur World Strongman Championships will be held March 2 & 4, 2012 at the Arnold Sports Festival in Columbus, Ohio.

All competitors earned their way into the competition through various qualifying competitions.


Arnold Weightlifting Championships

Arnold Weightlifting Championships to host U.S. Olympic Team Trials, National Championships

The Arnold Sports Festival, the largest multi-sport event in the nation, will host the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Weightlifting and the 2012 National Weightlifting Championships in Columbus, Ohio the weekend of March 2-4, 2012.

The U.S. Olympic Team Trials and the National Championships will highlight the Arnold Weightlifting Championships, an event that debuted in 2003 and has grown to be one of the Arnold Sports Festival’s most popular competitions. The Arnold Weightlifting Championships are run by the Columbus Weightlifting Club, which  also will manage logistics for the Olympic Trials and National Championships.


148lb, 50yo Debbie Damminga Deadlifts 501lbs!

50 year old Debbie Schwartz Damminga (148) competed at the SPF Big Iron Meet on February 11th. She entered the deadlift only division at the meet and was able to break the 500lb barrier with a 227.5kg (501.5lb) deadlift! Here is the footage of her lift.

Thanks to Powerliftingwatch.com for the contribution.


Time is Running out: MHP Hercules 2012

There's just 21 days left to SIGN UP for MHP's HERCULES 2012. 

Entry forms available for print: www.HardcorePowerlifting.com 1(503)221-2238

mailto:[email protected]

The Ronnie Coleman Classic Expo
Saturday, March 31st, 2012
The Mesquite Rodeo Convention Center, Mesquite / Dallas, Texas


Inside the Cult of CrossFit

This couldn't express with any greater clarity how I view the cult like fanatacism called CrossFit. This article originally appeared in Mens Health Magazine and was reposted in Yahoo Health. Thanks and credit to Grant Stoddard.

"CrossFit is going to transform your body. It's going to transform your life in ways you can't imagine."

This wasn't a late-night infomercial. It was the ardent opinion of my former girlfriend. I had mentioned that I was thinking of trying CrossFit, and Becky, to my surprise, told me she was already a year into it, and that it had given her a "new lease on life" and a "whole new family." On every other subject she sounded like the same levelheaded girl I used to live with. But when she talked about CrossFit, she sounded like a lunatic.


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