Event training

So it’s been a while since I wrote a blog as I’ve been a bit preoccupied with everything I’ve had going on.

Many people ask about event training and different ways of going about it. In an ideal world this would always be tailored to an upcoming comp but it’s not always as simple as that as often you’re prepping for a couple at the same time. 

Event training for me is where you practice our craft, it’s often not about pushing stuff very very hard in terms of weights lifted. You can become a better strongman without actually getting stronger. As with any sport the technical aspect is very important, strongman is no different. Often with strongman events there’s not a right or wrong way to do things, it’s finding a way that best suits your body. I personally find that doing events at 70% weights to be optimum, many events are about how quick you can do them and how efficient you can be, this can be done without breaking yourself. I’ll give you an example in 2013 I was getting ready for a 485kg yoke at wsm, I never once went over 380 in training, I worked on speed and also did multiple runs, doing 5 runs at a weight less likely to break you is more beneficial than doing 1 run at comp weight. I work my way up in training and get to a point where it starts to feel like it’s a bit of a challenge this is where I would set my training weight. If there is no challenge at all you can do it badly and easily, so it is important to test yourself a little. The multiple runs will help conditioning but also by later runs will obviously feel much tougher and pretty much like comp weight anyway. I use an example with people I coach, I tell them to walk toward me and they just start walking toward me without thinking, they don’t need to stop and think ‘which foot do I put out first’, I feel event stuff should be done to the point where they come as naturally as walking. If you do something so many times its second nature you will in turn have one less thing to worry about when you do the event. 

I see so many training videos of people doing runs on stuff looking like they’re gonna hurt themselves and going 50kg over comp weight, to me this is totally pointless, train for what you have, get quicker, get more reps and work on techniques to not waste energy. I believe the gym is where you get stronger and event stuff is where you get better obviously both are important.

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