Individual needs will vary when it comes to building a lifting platform, but if you've got to build around an uneven floor or in an area susceptible to flooding, look no further. This is how I built my garage lifting platform to support weightlifting, powerlifting and strongman lifts.
Part of the strategy and sport of strongman is the design of your training leading up to a competition when you know what events you will be facing. Since I have to plan out my attack for Eastern Canada's Natural Strongest Man anyway, I thought it would be helpful for newer athletes to see the breakdown of the process when you have a competition in your sights that you want to do well at and are striving to win.
Here's a quick recipe for refried beans to try (although not quick to make!) if you're looking for a different carb source than your usual rice, potatoes, pasta. It can also be beneficial when transitioning to a lower carb diet or avoiding foods that drastically spike your blood sugar.
I’ve been busy these last couple of weeks moving into a new place and have not had much time to read or write anything. I have been spending what free time I have making sure to get in as much of my regular training as I can. It's fun to move into a bigger place, but takes a lot of time to arrange everything. I’m excited to have a garage to expand my home gym in, but it will take quite a bit of work to have fully set up. I’m looking forward to being able to share more of my journey of building a home strongman gym as the pieces start to come together. The concrete floor of the garage is cracked and uneven, so I will be building a level platform to do most of my lifting on. For now I’m continuing to get after it on a sloped floor, which is a little strange, but I’m making it work.
I’ll get back to more regular content soon, so until then keep crushing your goals, because the 2017 strongman season is only a few months away!
One afternoon; thirteen events.
Having the good fortune to compete in a strongman competition in the winter in Canada is a rare treat indeed.
The Sons of Samson 2017 was a charity event run for Big Brothers and Big Sisters and took place in the mall in Brockville, Ontario. As it was meant to be a demonstration of the sport of strongman and the broad range of events we often compete in, we were subjected to the mentally gruelling and physically draining task of thirteen events. Admittedly, for the preservation of the mall floors and to make it a good show the implements we used were all pretty light. The challenge with light events is that everyone is going to perform well, so it becomes a matter of milliseconds who will come out on top for most events.