I am just getting back into my training after a couple of intense contests, and noticed that there are some local events coming up. The problem is that they are on the same weekend and so I have to make a choice. Both events are on October 10th so I won't have time to train for either one really.
Option 1: Unsanctioned Strongman Contest - There is an unsanctioned strongman contest that is about a four hour drive each way. They have some good prizes and sponsors, but the weights are quite light compared to what I typically would look for. The promoter seems like a good guy and it would probably be a fun day.
Option 2: USAPL North Carolina State Championships - I haven't done any powerlifting recently but still think that I could hold my own. After checking the records I am confident that I could challenge the North Carolina total record for the 220 lbs open as long as I have a decent day on the platform. This meet is closer to my house, within about 1 hour drive but the entry fee is slightly higher than the strongman contest and I would not win any prizes here (other than a trophy).
I am kind of torn. Not sure if winning a USAPL title would mean anything in terms of building my credibility as an athlete and writer. I think that it would be fun to try something new, but then again strongman is my passion. Under most circumstances I would not even consider a contest when I am just bouncing back, but the weights are manageable enough that it should be fun.
What does everyone here think? Go to a strongman event and get back in action? Or should I try to break some USAPL records?
I personally think you should try the USAPL. I kind of disagree that it wouldnt help you build your credibility because it shows that you are very well rounded athlete. Also as you said the strongman contest weights are light for you, so I think the PL comp would be more of a challange for you. As far as prizes, im sure you never got into competing in strongman for the prizes/money.
You do a ton of events Tom.
I say try the PL meet, be a nice change. Plus, as stated above, it'd be more of a challenge for you.
I'm going to go against the grain here and say strongman is where your heart is at. It's not about the drive, or the prize money, you obviously have a very strong passion for strongman. An event like this where the pressure isn't so much might be a nice relaxing event for you.
There is always another powerlifting meet. You also need to add in the cost of a membership card as the USAPL will require you to purchase a card in addition to the entry fee.
Judging from the fact that there is such a limited amount of strongmen on the forum, I dare say you are going to have a lot suggestions to jump into the USAPL.... So yeah, another vote from me
You are right that I don't really care about distances or prize money (I woke up at 4 AM and drove 5+ hours each way to a contest on the same day two months ago just to compete). It is nice to have good quality trophies though - if you win an event you don't want some little plastic one that breaks on the way home. The strongman contest actually has trophies for each event winner as well as the overall placings I believe
The only reason for doing USAPL would be to build credibility as a drug-free lifter and to break records. I would not change my training or become a powerlifter so it is more just to prove a point I guess.
I just wanted to hear some opinions on here to see what everyone says.
Here is the information for the strongman contest. They have a max deadlift and I still have not hit 700 lbs yet so that would give me something to shoot for... although the jumps are 50 lbs so I guess I'd have to try 715 lbs
2009 Southeast Georgia's Strongest Man
Date: Oct. 10, 2009
Location: All Body Fitness Center. 121 Main St. NW. Vidalia, Ga. 30474
Divisions: LW (220 and under) HW (221+)
1. Press Medley-dumbbell, keg, log, barbell. 75sec. time limit
(LW) 75, 110, 170, 200 (HW) 95, 110, 200, 230
2. Deadlift-Last Man Standing. Both classes will start at 315lbs. Weight will go
up 50lbs each lift.
3. Medley-Farmers, Frame, Tire sled. 75sec. time limit
(LW) 200, 405, 250 (HW) 250, 455, 250
4. Crucifix Hold for time. 12lb Sledge Hammer in each hand.
5. Stone for Reps. 48” (LW) 200 (HW) 230 60sec. time limit
It will be more of a speed and conditioning event for me. I would hope to finish the press medley in under 20 seconds, pull 665 lbs, finish the medley in under 30 seconds, do alright on the hold, and then hit at least 10 reps with the stone.
The good thing is that based on the events it looks like a safe contest and I would not have to alter my training to compete. There are some strong guys down in Georgia / North Florida so it could be a good battle as well depending on who shows up.
Strongman is my passion; that is why I love trying to help people get into the sport, talking about it here on the boards, and competing as much as possible.
I don't think many people stick with strongman unless they really love it. The beating that your body takes would not be worth it unless it is something that you truly enjoy.
That strongman comp does seem pretty easy, though. I think I would have no problem managing the weights for the lightweights so I'm thinking you would pwn everything in there. Doesn't seem like much of a challenge.
I'd go with the PL comp if only for the challenge alone.
I vote Strongman Comp. Like you said, not much to change in training, and still something to shoot for...700. GL Tom
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I wonder how many competitions near me that I'm missing out on because nastrongmaninc.com isn't showing them.. I looked on that site and didn't see the competition that you posted..
Is there a powerliftingwatch.com of strongman? (that all promotors log into and submit their events)
I've always wanted to do a strongman event because they look like an absolute blast. so i'm gonna vote for strongman, but then again, i feel like the colts waterboy trying to give peyton manning advice.
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Have you ever competed with usapl?
Now, go break that record!
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I'd go with the PL for well-roundedness as the others have suggested.
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just my opinion, but the USAPL is dumb! Go strongman, it does seem like thats where your heart is anyways
Tom, you are 23 right? Go and enter the usapl meet and get some junior records in before you're too old!
Does anyone know if the USAPL has an "Elite" classification? This may give another reason for me to compete, simply to add to my strength athlete resume.
In terms of strongman contests I would be looking at doing additional events in November and December regardless of what I decide to do in October. There is still an outside chance that I could go to NAS Nationals in October but I have not trained for the contest and the turnout is looking to be very poor (Less than 1/2 the number of competitors from last year, and less than 1/4 the number from 2007).
Tom, I'm not familiar enough with your log to know what you are "bouncing back" from. I'm assuming an injury, and if so I would consider going to the event that is less likely to cause a set-back. Re-hab is bad enough the first time 'round ,lol.
Yes, USAPL does have an Elite classification:
(they are lsited in kilos)
Go Strongman! If they weights are light, you'll thrash the competition!
The thing about this contest is that the weights in the HW class are actually light even for a LW competitor. There is another contest within driving range about two weeks later with some heavier events, so I may just hold out for that one.
Keep the opinions coming - it is very interesting for me to be able to see what everyone thinks.
Do the USAPL meet. Getting an elite total, and breaking some PL records would be pretty damn nice to go along with all your strongman accomplishments.
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