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BigTallOx
09-16-2009, 09:44 AM
Here's a video of my first time trying the 300 pound atlas stone ( and only second time training atlas stones ). I was so close, but my shirt slipped down and I lost the stone. I'm sure my technique isn't the best, so if anybody has comments or suggestions please post them.

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Edited: I should really correct something. This was the first time trying the 300 pound stone where I got it off the ground, lol. The first time I did atlas stones 3 weeks ago, but couldn't really get it off the floor, so I guess I wasn't really considering that my first try, but technically it was and the video is my second try.

Guido
09-16-2009, 09:56 AM
Impressive that you got it that close. That is a heavy stone! The hardest part for me is getting it off the ground without it slipping out of my arms but once I get it onto my knees I'm golden.

BigTallOx
09-16-2009, 10:22 AM
Impressive that you got it that close. That is a heavy stone! The hardest part for me is getting it off the ground without it slipping out of my arms but once I get it onto my knees I'm golden.

I feel like once it's on my lap, I'm not sure of the best place to put my hands. I was trying to put them around it, but I think I need to put them over the top more.

Mercuryblade
09-16-2009, 10:27 AM
I always feel decently strong until I see crap like this.
You are one strong mofo.

JSully
09-16-2009, 10:29 AM
I watched Tom's (Mutaffis) video and it seems he puts his arms lower once he get's it to his knees.

But I've seen it done with a high grip too. I need to make some stones, they're so enticing!!

Jonah
09-16-2009, 10:53 AM
very impressive man.

Couldn't tell but it looked like you weren't wearing any tacky?

allan3
09-16-2009, 04:19 PM
im no pro at the stones, but it appeared to me that your arms should not be so high up. it also looks like you have the strength part no problem----i agree with littlejake about the arm/hand placement.

Tom Mutaffis
09-16-2009, 06:01 PM
The #1 mistake that I see here is the level of enthusiasm and intensity. Stones are almost like deadlift in that if you are going to be methodical and careful you will not lift as much weight as if you "attack" the implement. Time under tension with stones will quickly depleat your energy and much of stone loading should be explosive. You want to rip the stone off the floor, roll it into your lap, then squeeze it into your body and fire your hips while driving the stone upwards. It is almost like a tripple extension on a clean - a proper stone load you are using hips, calves, and upper back to drive the stone onto the platform.

With your height this event should come natural to you. The fact that you are close to loading a 300# your second time out is a good accomplishment, but missing a low box like that means that your technique could use some adjustment. As others mentioned it may be helpful to hug the stone, and you really do want to squeeze it into your body and almost roll it up. The only guys who put their arms over the top are explosive stone loaders who are all hips. I am in between and can use hip power or can use quad/back power to front squat the stone up.

Here is an example of a max stone lift:

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Here is a stone run from a couple of years ago where I am loading to 54" which is a relatively high platform; as you will see with the lighter stones I am getting more hip power and on the heavier ones using more static strength:

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Hopefully this helps. Being that you are just getting started I am sure that they will be more comfortable once you have some more time working with the implements.

allan3
09-16-2009, 06:35 PM
those are BAD ASS vids tom!!

LuNa
09-16-2009, 07:12 PM
That is just amazing.

BigTallOx
09-16-2009, 07:52 PM
Hopefully this helps.


Yes, very good information, it's what I was looking for.



Being that you are just getting started I am sure that they will be more comfortable once you have some more time working with the implements.

Yes, I'm sure. I think with some work, I could be pretty good at the atlas stones.