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The Five Biggest Contradictions in Fitness

Its 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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    Brute Strength Gym Strongman Contest Video - Tom Mutaffis

    Here is a video from a contest last weekend:

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    that is amazing man. You have some serious endurance.
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    damn that looked really good. i lost count of all those log presses. i gotta ask... are atlas stones and log presses fun?? they look like a blast.
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    I got tired watching. You are an animal. You make me want to get in better condition. Hey, I did 10 trips with the sled today. Get off my back!


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    Awesome show of strength!!!

    BTW, how much did the log for reps weigh?

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    Just incredible Tom. Inspiring
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    18 second stones??? **** YOU!!!

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    Thanks guys.

    The log was 220 lbs x 19 reps. I am pleased considering that I weighed in at just over 220 lbs.

    Conditioning is definitely a big factor in strongman, and I do have fun with a lot of the events.
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    Holy crap. Nice work!
    A child does not learn to squat from the top down. In other words, he does not suddenly make a conscious decision one day to squat. Actually, he is squatting one day and make the conscious decision to stand. Squatting precedes standing in the developmental sequence. This is the way a child's brain learns to use the body as the child develops movement patterns. Therefore, a child is probably crawling, rocks back into a squatting position with the back completely relaxed and the hips completely flexed, and stands when he has enough hip strength. This approach makes a lot of sense and can be applied to relearning the deep squat movement if it is lost. -Gray Cook
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    Good job, nice video. It looks like a lot of fun.

    I did log presses and atlas stones both for the first time last Tuesday. With the log press, I had a hard time getting it to my chest to press it, but once I had it on my chest is was easy to press. I think it was 190 pounds. The guys I train with seem to have a little different technique than you do on log press though. They kind of put it on there knees, get down in a low squat and kind of roll it up on there chest as they stand up with it. That wasn't working so much for me, maybe I just need to practice it, but any suggestions would be helpful. I could put the 240 pound atlas stone on what I believe was a 54" platform pretty easily ( the platform wasn't much higher than waist high on me, lol ) but I'm sure my technique is horrible, still I was happy with how it went for the first time trying.

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    Wow Tom, that was insane!

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    Awesome!

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    Your strength and conditioning in unreal for being only 220lbs. Good work bro.
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    beast!!!

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    Jesus f'ing Christ....awesome!!!!!!!!!
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    That was some great lifting! Outstanding!

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    Awesome video, that last tire flip was insane!!!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by BigTallOx View Post
    Good job, nice video. It looks like a lot of fun.

    I did log presses for the first time last Tuesday. I had a hard time getting it to my chest to press it, but once I had it on my chest is was easy to press. I think it was 190 pounds. The guys I train with seem to have a little different technique than you do on log press though. They kind of put it on there knees, get down in a low squat and kind of roll it up on there chest as they stand up with it. That wasn't working so much for me, maybe I just need to practice it, but any suggestions would be helpful.
    If you have a hard time with the clean then the 'viper press' or one-motion press is not going to be the best option for you. What your friends are doing can be efficient for a lighter log when you are doing clean and press each rep - since you esentially roll the log from your lap with an explosive clean and use that momemtum to continue into the press. This works well for guys with a lot of hip power usually.

    My max on one-motion press is about 50 lbs lighter, but in a clean & press for reps event I will generally use that motion for the first few since it is more efficient with regard to speed.

    Right now it sounds like you are still adjusting to cleaning a log and may just need to find your technique a little bit. A video might be best, but basically you want to "lap" the log and keep your elbows high, then explode with your hips and roll the log up your body. Do not try to muscle it and do not try to curl it - it has to be a powerful movement because if the log is not in a tight 'racked' position on your shoulders then it makes the press much more difficult.

    With your height I would suggest learning how to split jerk or push jerk since that is typically a better option for taller lifters - unless you have some oustanding strict pressing strength.

    Hope this helps. I would be willing to make some tutorial videos on different strongman movements if people on here think that they would be useful.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Mutaffis View Post
    Right now it sounds like you are still adjusting to cleaning a log and may just need to find your technique a little bit. A video might be best, but basically you want to "lap" the log and keep your elbows high, then explode with your hips and roll the log up your body. Do not try to muscle it and do not try to curl it - it has to be a powerful movement because if the log is not in a tight 'racked' position on your shoulders then it makes the press much more difficult.
    It was hard not to try to muscle it or curl it. I'll take a video next time we do them, I don't know when that might be though.

    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Mutaffis View Post
    With your height I would suggest learning how to split jerk or push jerk since that is typically a better option for taller lifters - unless you have some oustanding strict pressing strength.
    OK. Thanks. No, I wouldn't call my pressing strength outstanding, lol. It's not bad and getting better though.
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