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The Five Biggest Contradictions in Fitness

Itís no secret that when people contradict themselves, it has the effect of making the flaws in their actions or statements seem glaringly obvious. But what about when WE ourselves get caught contradicting ourselves by someone else?

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    PICS from my first day at World's Strongest Man 2008

    It's pretty cool to have this going on 40 minutes from home. I got a chance to check out the truck pull yesterday. I'll be going back for at least one day of finals action this weekend. I took 99 (yes, 99) pictures yesterday.

    Mariusz's physique is nothing short of incredible. I got there a bit late, but couldn't have ended up in a better spot. He came over and watched his Poland buddies pull before him, coaching and cheering them on. At one point, he stood in easy spitting distance of me for several minutes. I've never seen anything like him, and I went to the Arnold Classic expo a couple years ago..LOL

    Pfister went for a little jog and couldn't get back into the pulling area I guess, and suddenly I hear this "can I sneak through here guys?" Here he comes up behind me. We couldn't get the barrier moved, so I held it steady while he jumped it. Fun times..

    The pulling was pretty cool and, although that's easily my least favorite event, it was WAY cooler in-person than it is in TV. The camera crew, refs, and everyone involved are very personable and interactive with the crowd. Bill Kazmaier seemed very cool, and it was pretty funny to watch him constantly rehearsing those one-liners he's always doing before each event. I took some pics of him doing those. It looked like he left his bi-focals in the hotel room..LOL

    I'll try to label some of those so you know who they are. If anyone wants a pic of anyone that I didn't post, I probably maybe have it, and I'll post it up for you.

    I took a telephoto lens but forgot the adapter for it (typical). But, the pics turned out pretty good. I'll have it this weekend, though. The finals will be in a baseball stadium, which should make for some good pictures. I'll post those up as well, if there's interest.

    Oh, and as far as I could tell from the announcer's comments yesterday, the leaders at this point are Pfister and Mariusz. Mariusz injured his calf pretty bad in another event, and goes down at the end of his pull. He was down a long time, and Kaz interviewed him from the ground. I'm uploading vids to youtube now of his pull, Pfister's, and Kevin Nee's pull. He bombed. It was tough to watch. Pudz turned in the fastest time at about 39 seconds, with pfister at 40. Of the 28 or so guys competing, probably only 15 even completed the pull. Only 5-6 came in under a minute.


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    Kaz working on his lines..





    Some of the guys coming in..





    Elbrus Nigmatullin - Russia - He was a big crowd favorite because he was so friendly.



    Kevin Nee - AKA The guy from True Life: I Want To Gain Weight.



    One of the Referee's. His name is Gregor Somethingorother. They mentioned (after he hooked up and pulled the truck for half the course, in order to verify the second truck's parity) that he was a former finalist. Impressive. Some of these guys are barely budging the wheels under optimal conditions, and this guy straps in after standing in the heat all freaking day doing his job, and owns half of them. He had EVERYONE'S respect, too.





    I think this is Brian Shaw of the USA. He had a good pull. He might be one to watch in the future. This might be Laurence Shahlaei from the UK, though. I was caught in the throes of sunstroke and power-thirst by this time.





    Brian Siders - USA - Another WV elite strongman. What are the chances of that? He didn't do real well.





    I found it funny that the camera boom is countered with weight plates..LOL





    The log truck was brought in, which is when Gregor hooked up and tested it out.



    Phil went for a jog to warm up!

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    The governor stopped by, because he has nothing else to do.



    What would a WSM be without someone named Magnus (Samuelsson)?
    The only guy so far to close the COC #4, I believe. He had a 45 second pull.




    MONSTER. Nothing else to say about these...







    And he pulled. Took a pic of the calf, too.








    Pfister, the most famous guy in WV..LOL..and one with him still towering over the 6'5 governor.





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    Mariusz's pull

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    Thanks for sharing the photos. I saw Phister walking past my gym in NYC a few months back. Noone on the street had a clue who he was. Dude was a monster to stand next to.
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    I've got a video of Pfister, too, but youtube just went down for maintenance and I can't pull it up to embed. Ah well..
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    GREAT photos bro! Wish I was there to see it. Damn. Oh well, maybe i'll win the lottery then I can fly to wherever it's being held next. hahahahaha

    Thanks for posting.

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    Man, that is awesome.
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    Sorry some of those are still sideways. Photobucket screwed me over..LOL

    And you're all welcome. It's my pleasure. This event is once in a lifetime, I think, and I wanted to share my experience with you all. It's pretty damned cool. I feel very lucky to have it so close to home.
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    Mariusz is a Polish god.

    Nee is looking hyugeeeee this year.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mrelwooddowd View Post
    Sorry some of those are still sideways. Photobucket screwed me over..LOL

    And you're all welcome. It's my pleasure. This event is once in a lifetime, I think, and I wanted to share my experience with you all. It's pretty damned cool. I feel very lucky to have it so close to home.
    Has there been anything you have seen that you think you may be able to do? I always thought like when they dumped the kegs into the squat thing or doing a couple of the fingers or the farmers walk. Granted not on their level but maybe one rep or 1/4 of the distance or something.
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    They did the other events during the week, and I had something else to do Saturday, so the truck pull is all I've seen. I'm hoping to get down there twice this weekend. At the least, I'm going to go to the final.

    I've seen plenty of guys fail to move the truck at all, and I'm sure I can do that!

    I'll let you know later, if there's anything that looks feasibly possible..LOL
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    That looks awesome! Now I want to go watch and compete even more. Also, I had no idea those guys were as jacked as they were

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    Believe it or not, they're bigger in-person.
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    damn, looks awesome on tv, must be nuts in person. lucky, great photos.
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    thanks for sharing those cool pics!Q
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    very cool pics!
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    awesome pics thanks for posting them up
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    Great pictures, I went Saturday but didn't even think to get a camera until it was too late. I'm trying to Sunday for the finals and will touch base so maybe we can say hi.
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    Very nice pics, man. Wish I could be there. I had no idea it was even going to be in Charleston this year, but if I had I might have made arrangements to go there. I have friends who live not too far from there.

    Great pics once again and thanks for sharing them.
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    great pics!

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    Nice pics dude! that looks like a great event to be at.
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    Oh man, I don't follow this sort of stuff that closely but had I know I would've made arrangements to drive out there. Is it being shown on TV yet?

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    I may be wrong but... are they pulling in rock climbing shoes? I'm almost positive that they are. They do have a very reinforced toe so perhaps that helps grip the ground and drive with the ball of the foot?
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    Quote Originally Posted by tomv View Post
    I may be wrong but... are they pulling in rock climbing shoes? I'm almost positive that they are. They do have a very reinforced toe so perhaps that helps grip the ground and drive with the ball of the foot?
    That's what they looked like to me..especially with the puke brown color of most of them.

    It'll be on the air in December, somewhere around Christmas. They don't have the specific date yet.

    Bill..I'm probably going Sunday for the final, but I'm not sure yet. I don't find the Atlas stones real entertaining, and usually by the final event they already know who has it locked up. I might take 1/2 day Friday and check out the events then, and forgoe Sunday's stuff. I'll let you know by PM if I go Sunday, and if you end up going I'll stop by and say hi.
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    man pudz is a beast... I believe he's only 5'11 but weighs somewhere around 280ish, allllll muscle!!!!

    EDIT: Holy cow I just looked at some videos of him on youtube he's HAYOOGE now compared to what they have up... maybe he's closer to 300 now?

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    Forearm - 45 centimeters (17.7 in)
    This is what they got up on wiki... they also say he's 310lbs
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