How did you get involved in the Strongman competition?
I had always watched World’s Strongest Man on tv growing up and was captivated by it. Just the sheer spectacle of these guys being able to move massive amounts of weight was awe inspiring. I’ve always been athletic growing up and like most people had a proper introduction to the weight room through high school football. I got hooked early on and never really left the weight room. I competed in body building and powerlifting before I found my first Strongman contest in 2013. I signed up without knowing what I was doing and fell in love with it.
How do you train?
My training will vary a lot based on how far out of a contest I am. But, typically it will always start with one or two power/strength based movements and then my accessory work is usually done in a hypertrophy style training method. Then, I’ll throw in some light conditioning work at the end for good measure.
Sidebar: Muscle hypertrophy is a term for the growth and increase of the size of muscle cells. (according to https://www.verywellfit.com/muscle-hypertrophy-definition-3120349)
What do you eat?
I like to follow a 90 clean /10 whatever I want diet. I typically cap off my training days with a giant bowl of cinnamon toast crunch before bed for a dose of extra delicious calories. Aside from that, I’m always a sucker for breakfast food and grilled cheese sandwiches.
Sidebar: Hmmmn. I’m not sure about the 90% clean, but the rest of the training diet works for me. Ha!
What are your thoughts about the sled drag event?
The sled drag for the last event was utterly brutal. Strongman Corporation did an awesome job of picking a heavy event to cap the competition. I believe the weight for our class was 1380 lbs. Since the event wasn’t announced until a week before, I hadn’t trained for it at all. The only approach once I got out on the platform was to pull like crazy and get the most distance out of every pull.