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    MOΛΩN ΛABÉ clipse's Avatar
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    Training for the Highland Games....gotta question.

    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 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?

    Thanks,

    clipse
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    Height:5' 10"
    Weight:198 lbs.
    Max Bench Press:~200lbs.
    Max Dead Lift:~310lbs.
    Max Squat:~270lbs.
    Goals.......Bench 300, Squat 400, Dead lift 550.

    Those are goals for now, once I reach them I'll set new goals.

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    Iron4Life
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    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!!

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    Caber tossing? That's awesome.
    25 years old, 5'10''

    Back in the States to get hayooooge!

    Health goals
    - Weigh a healthy and active 170-180, healthy mind and body
    - Dunk a basketball (hey a man can have big dreams huh)
    - Swim 2-3x/week and become a better swimmer

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    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.

    Fuck, fight, or hold the light.

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    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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    MOΛΩN ΛABÉ clipse's Avatar
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    Awesome. Thanks guys.
    Height:5' 10"
    Weight:198 lbs.
    Max Bench Press:~200lbs.
    Max Dead Lift:~310lbs.
    Max Squat:~270lbs.
    Goals.......Bench 300, Squat 400, Dead lift 550.

    Those are goals for now, once I reach them I'll set new goals.

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