View Full Version : Training for the Highland Games....gotta question.

03-20-2007, 03:12 PM
So, I've been trying to lift more and get in better shape. I'm in alot better shape than I was before I started so now I want to start training for the highland games. Check here (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Highland_games) for a list and description of the games.

This weekend I'm going to work on getting some equipment(hammer, rock, weight, etc.) made up. Only thing I know I won't be able to get my hands on is the caber. Still, my plan is to lift three days a week. Lifts will be compound lifts for the most part (ie deadlift, benchpress, squat, clean and jerk, overhead squats, etc.) Then I'll spend 1-2 days a week practicing technique and actually doing the events.

Now, I did a search and found very very few threads on this. Is there anything else I should be doing? Any specific lifts that I didn't mention that would help?



03-20-2007, 03:25 PM
GL Clipse..
Highland games are awesome.. we try some of the events in my strongman group... we built a caber out of 2x6's... not exactly a camber, but if you can throw it, b/c it's long and weighs 100lbs, then you can toss a caber!!

As far as training.. you will find a bunch of advice on different sites...
Some groups train events 3 times a week... and in the gym twice...
Some are just the opposite...

Your definitely have to do your compound lifts.. you use etc.. so I don't know everything on your list.. but things like Power Shrugs, Jump Shrugs, Overhead pressing, DB/Kettlebell swings, Pullthrus, variations on DLs (SLDLs, RDLs, etc..), Good Morning Variations, variations on Squats (Box, ATFs, Jump, Hack, Zercher, Front, etc).... and don't forget your Plyo training.. jumping, sprinting, tossing heavy medicine balls work wonders..

But most of all.. Have fun!!

03-20-2007, 05:47 PM
Caber tossing? That's awesome.

03-20-2007, 06:40 PM
You're not going to find too many people up here that are into the Highland Games. I love this site, but you may want to check out http://www.marunde-muscle.com/forum The crowd there is much more into Highland Games and pure strongman than this forum.

The biggest thing is to start throwing, and throw a lot. You'll find that technique will be the biggest hinderance. I know plenty of guys that are big and strong but can't throw for **** because their form is terrible. I wouldn't worry about benching much either. Get your OH work up to snuff and keep squatting and pulling heavy.

03-21-2007, 06:54 AM
In addition to Jesse's forum, you might check into these:




03-21-2007, 08:08 AM
Awesome. Thanks guys. :)