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    Tom Mutaffis Strongman Training *Video

    Tom recently sent me this footage of him doing some awesome work in preparation for a couple contests he has comming up in the near future.

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    Nice work Tom - quit f'in around with your wraps and straps and just go though man!!!

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    One word....

    HARDCORE

    I laughed at 1:20 into the video, curls in the squat rack...with a belt too...
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    Coooool!

    Great work!

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    ...holy ***** thats awesome

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    Quote Originally Posted by View 1 View Post

    I laughed at 1:20 into the video, curls in the squat rack...with a belt too...
    Haha, that's funny how you noticed that.

    That training is pretty bada** man. Strongman stuff is no joke.
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    Thanks everyone.

    Haha I know Ben - my right wrist is banged up so I needed the wraps, but you are right that it takes too much time.

    There was actually a different guy doing some curling in the squat rack next to me on the first set as well! That gym is good though because they don't bother me and let me do whatever I want in that corner.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Mutaffis View Post
    Thanks everyone.

    Haha I know Ben - my right wrist is banged up so I needed the wraps, but you are right that it takes too much time.

    There was actually a different guy doing some curling in the squat rack next to me on the first set as well! That gym is good though because they don't bother me and let me do whatever I want in that corner.
    Explain to me why you grabbed those 145's off the floor like they were 45's??? LOL!
    Thats some Awesome training and you obviously got some sick endurance.
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    Thats some sick work bro.Your endurance is crazy .

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    Very strong on the dumbbell presses Tom!


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    Quote Originally Posted by evilxxx View Post
    Explain to me why you grabbed those 145's off the floor like they were 45's??? LOL!
    Thats some Awesome training and you obviously got some sick endurance.
    I was thinking the same thing... The way he picked them up, I thought there was NO WAY they were 145. I paused it and counted the plates.

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    I wonder if someone is bi%^ching on another site about somebody doing some weird workout and curling in his squat rack whe he wanted to squat

    In seriousness, it looks like you do a bunch of related movements one after another. How often do you do that? How do you pick the exercises to do in the "chain"? Thanks.

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    Very Impressive Great work!

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    I'm going to try that platform to ground to rack deadlift meledy next time I train, that looks fun.

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    Tom, it occurs to me that our members might like to know more about your volume for the workout displayed here. In other words, how many of those giant sets or circuits did you do? How many working sets per body part do you do in general?

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    WOW Tom, thats awesome! Great Work I wish I can pick up 145's like they were 45's

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    jacked? diesel?
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    Quote Originally Posted by chris mason View Post
    Tom, it occurs to me that our members might like to know more about your volume for the workout displayed here. In other words, how many of those giant sets or circuits did you do? How many working sets per body part do you do in general?

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    I agree. I'd also like to have an idea of how he trains.
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    Quote Originally Posted by geoffsherman View Post
    I wonder if someone is bi%^ching on another site about somebody doing some weird workout and curling in his squat rack whe he wanted to squat
    In seriousness, it looks like you do a bunch of related movements one after another. How often do you do that? How do you pick the exercises to do in the "chain"? Thanks.
    There is a reason for this, and I do these "complexes" about twice per week in the gym. Generally one day of lower body complexes, one day of upper body complexes, and one accessory day. For this training I knew that my gym training would be limited to kept the volume low and did one working set for deadlifts and one for upper body.

    Here is how I picked the movements:
    - Choose one "strict" movement for each muscle group and then another more compound movement where other muscles can be involved and you can use a little more explosiveness or momentum to complete the lift.
    - For this particular training I stated heavy strict, went to light explosive, then heavy explosive, then light strict.
    - Pick one part of the movement to really push your limit. For this training it was pressing, you will see that both of the back movements were not very challenging for me and were more just to build conditioning and involve more muscle groups.


    Quote Originally Posted by TJM View Post
    I'm going to try that platform to ground to rack deadlift meledy next time I train, that looks fun.
    That was my first time really doing deficit deadlifts and I have a deadlift medley in my next contest so figured it would be a good idea. I really liked the movement and will be including it in my training from now on. You figure that if you can hit the deficit pull then you should definitely be able to get another rep from the floor once you reset.

    Quote Originally Posted by chris mason View Post
    Tom, it occurs to me that our members might like to know more about your volume for the workout displayed here. In other words, how many of those giant sets or circuits did you do? How many working sets per body part do you do in general? Chris
    Great question Chris. I did touch on this in my answer above, but for those looking to set up a routine like this volume limitations are very important as to not overtrain or risk injury.

    There are two ways that I will include complexes.
    A. Work with lighter warmup sets with decreasing rep range up to a maximal effort lift as the begining of a complex. (similar to what was done in the video)
    B. Do regular training up to a max effort, 3x3, or progressive singles, and then follow that with a light complex. For example:
    Trap Bar Deadlifts - 525 lbs x 3, 575 lbs x 3, 615 lbs x 2, 665 lbs x 1, 705 lbs x 1
    After this set up a complex: trap bar deadlift 525 lbs x 5, front squat 225 lbs x 5, Wide Grip Chins BW+25 x 5, Chins BW x 5 -> then run through this for 3 sets, potentially doing a few more reps with each movement on the final set.
    *If I am doing a max effort complex then I will not run through it multiple times.

    This is not just some looney concept that I came up with out of nowhere. After years of various powerlifting and bodybuilding training programs I realized that my body would respond best to heavy weights, but I could also gain muscle size and endurance by doing these drops sets or complexes. When I began training for strongman this was a perfect method since it allows you to build maximal effort strength but also have the muscular endurance to continue to push yourself for 60 seconds, or to potentially perform more than one repetition of something at that near maximal effort. I have also been able to maintain a relatively muscluar physique when training in the gym just 2-3 times per week, plus it is fun and a great way to really push yourself.

    Complexes have become a staple training tool for a lot of top level strongmen and I really like them, though I would not suggest this to a new trainee as a core principal for their program - but maybe just something to shock the muscles once in a while. Alternating between a 5x5 and some kind of medley or complex could be a great way to spark new growth and strength!

    If anyone would like any more detailed information just let me know.
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