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Kellen Love
04-30-2009, 09:19 PM
I've been on cathletics for awhile but I'm a newbie to strongman so please be gentle. I believe I have the frame and genetic potential for strongman, and I want to get into it. My only experience is watching the world's strongest man on espn for like the last ten years. My question is how do I get into it? Where do I go about finding a coach or someone to guide me? How do I start training (besides the obvious of lifting heavy as hell)? Any help is appreciated, I'm green as hell going into this thing, but I think I could really be good. Thanks to all.

Kellen Love
05-01-2009, 12:00 PM
I apologize, I didnt see the other beginner threat. I'll just go off of that, and tried and get together with a training crew. If anyone has any other advice it'd be appreciated.

Allen Yeh
05-01-2009, 04:18 PM
Saw this today over at Diesel Crew. Looks fun.

Garrett Smith
05-01-2009, 04:41 PM
I found this:

I would think that once you have some OL and/or PL meets under your belt that transitioning to strongman comps would be much easier. I say OL and PL first simply because they are "known" and easier to prepare for...

Don Stevenson
05-02-2009, 12:34 AM
The best way to get into strongman is to find a crew and get training.

Strongman is an interesting sport in that most competitors don't have coaches and just tend to share training info amongst the group, learning from the more experienced guys and figuring things out through trial and error.

It's a good idea to build a solid base of strength with particular emphasis on the following lifts

Deadlift, squat, overhead press, heavy planks and other core work, bench press.

once you've done that stuff for a while you can start to add in fundamental strongman lifts like

Farmers walk - initially with dumbells or kettlebells then transition to farmers bars
Clean and press - initially with a barbell and then with axle, log or other odd object
Tyre flip
Sled Drag - heavy
deadlift for reps
Stones - probably the hardest bit of gear to find/make so try to find people that have them already.

Lots of strongman gear can be made on the cheap or found for free so start hunting around.

If you can find a group to train with they'll start to clue you in on the little stuff like how to pick up farmers bars properly, how not to snap in half doing log clean etc etc.

Then you can try to find a small comp (our training group runs our own and invites first timers to come along) the progress to a state or regional meet and from there you are on your way.

Kellen Love
05-04-2009, 12:40 PM
Thank you all for your responses. I really appreciate it. They're all great.

Jacob Rowell
05-07-2009, 08:15 PM

A few days late, but just to add my opinion...

The most important thing, is to find a way to get your hands on the strongman implements. Logs, Stones, and Farmers are always incredibly popular. There's ways to simulate the events without the actual equipment, but it is always going to be second rate.

I would say that your training going to strongman isn't nearly as important as just beginning to train the events with proper equipment. My last contest, one of the guys towards the bottom half of the pack congratulated me for doing well. He told me he was a powerlifter, with a best total of 1700. I beat him by 6 places, and I might total 1100 on a good day.

I would certainly do better if I could add 100 pounds to each of my lifts, but the idea here isn't just to be strong, but to be good with the events. SM also incorporates elements of not just absolute strength, but strength endurance, anaerobic capacity, speed, and good kinesthetic awareness doesn't hurt either.