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Tuesday, May 2, 2017


Strongman competitions have a ton of different events many of which have very specialized equipment.  You are not going to find many gyms with an appolon wheel or fingals fingers.  How are you going to get ready for a competition when you do not have the implements you will be using?  You will probably be much better off if you can practice using the implements that will be in your competition.  But if not just try to get as strong as possible in similar types of movements.

If you are getting ready for a yoke carry you might want to carry a barbell on your back like you are going to squat.  If I were training for the Appolon wheel which I have never done I would really want to load up one side of my body more than the other.  Maybe I would try anchoring heavy resistance bands to a wall with one end on my hip and walk in a semi circle while carrying a huge dumbbell or barbell maybe I would add a weight vest or chains too.

If you are getting ready for stones and do not have atlas stones just start picking up big rocks.  Tire hummer deadlifts do rack pulls from various heights.  Try doing them with double over hand grips, then alternate grips, and then with straps.

Want to be prepared for a frame carry find a hex bar and carry lots of weight for short periods of time and sometimes carry lighter weights for long periods of time.

Need to get the log press up and do not have a log get strong in military presses, do incline bench presses, weighted dips, do neutral dumbbell clean and presses.

Need to squat more do box squats to various heights, get a training partner, use bands and chains for accommodating resistance. 

Fingals Fingers are very specialized and the only thing close that could be done in my gym would be huge tire flips.

Car deadlift practice make a homemade double landmine press, hook up a 7 foot barbell in both holes, put 45 pound weight plates on the end at least for the start, rest them on top of cinder blocks, stand between them and pull, add weight as needed.  If you do not have a double land mine press but have a hex bar do elevated hex bar pulls off of steppers, wood, or cinder blocks.

Other great versatile tools for the gym are kegs and sandbags. 

At Jackhammer Strength Training in Columbus, Ohio we have 4 different sized tires, a platform and atlas stones, a keg, a sandbag, medicine balls, hex bar, double land mine press, squat racks, a reverse hyper, barbells, dumbbells, resistance bands, battling rope, barbells, hip thrusts, and airdyne bikes for intense conditioning.

If you are looking for an intro to strongman training, personal training, powerlifting, small group training, personal training, or just improving your overall health in Columbus, Ohio you should check us out.  We are at 3002 McKinley Ave. in the quarry plaza just off Riverside and W.5th ave very close to Upper Arlington, Grandview, and Hilliard.

Please call Nate at 614 499-4633 to schedule your first session!

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