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  1. Adipower Or Do-Wins...

    I've not experienced any of the quality issues with my Do-Wins. I have the 2009 model and whilst they are covered in tacky they are basically perfect. That said I love my AdiPower's though. These and the Romaleo's are in a league of their own.
  2. Adipower Or Do-Wins...

    I have both the do-wins and the adipower, and there is really no comparison. The do-wins have been a fantastic shoe and I still use them in competition for stone lifting, but the Adidas are a superior shoe in every way. You really can't go wrong with either, but the Adidas are overall a better shoe.
  3. Breathing On Oh Press

    How does breathing at the top work for a max single? You loosen up and take a breath with a heavy barbell overhead then bounce it off your chest? This might be ok for sub 60kg (that's a big might), but over 100kg there is no way you are taking breath with the bar locked out over head, and you sure aren't testing the durability of your rib cage by bouncing barbells off of it! I don't like the idea of a differing technique for a single vs reps. You aren't really repping the lift, you are doing something else. Does that make sense? If you hold the bar properly across your shoulders you can breathe just fine at the bottom. After all, that's where the bar will be for your first rep, and every max attempt you ever do will start this way. Why would you do subsequent reps differently? That's my $0.02 anyway.
  4. Carb Backloading

    I'm running it right now. Still in the prep phase. And is sucks hard. First back load is in just over 24 hours, and man I need it. I feel like I am dying. Will let you guys know what I think after a few weeks/months into the actual back loading phase. What I can tell you, is any period of time that includes hard training and sub 30g of carbs a day sucks balls.
  5. Magnesium

    I take this every day: http://www.bioceuticals.com.au/product/preview/Ultra-Muscleze
  6. Better Than Steriods

    So anyone built this thing yet? Only one way to find out right?
  7. Carb Backloading

    So what's the consensus then? Yay or nay on the carb back loading?
  8. The Cube Method for Strongman is a protocol devised by WSM competitor Josh Thigpen. There is an accompanying Cube Method for Powerlifting by Brandon Lilly, but this outline will focus on the strongman version. I have been an amateur strongman competitor for several years now and have over 20 competitions under my belt including competing at national, state and local level competitions. During this time I have tried many different training protocols from 5/3/1 to a modified Westside, to GVT, modified Sheiko and various other periodisations I have devised on my own. I have read many programs and tried many different protocols. When I read The Cube Method for Strongman I knew this was something special. This was the first program I had come across that was built for strongman. Most other strongman programs originated as powerlifting programs where bench is simply swapped for overheads and viola a strongman program. This is also how I have trained for much of my strongman career. After just the first few chapters I knew my training solely in pursuit of a one rep max just wasn't going to cut it for strongman. Strongman is very different from powerlifting and training for powerlifting has only limited carry over. Sure, a strength base is essential and powerlifting can and will certainly give you that, but to go to the next level you need to address all the aspects of strongman. Josh puts this much better than I can: "The ultimate goal of strongman is to become the perfect all around strength athlete. This means that you must have brute maximum strength, repetition strength, static strength, explosive strength, grip strength as well as functional mobility." "We can make the analogy that mixed martial arts is to fighting what strongman is to strength, in that both encompass numerous disciplines. Just as mixed martial art’s produces the best all around fighters in the world, so strongman produces the best all around strength athlete possible. Most fighters have learned that you cannot be a specialist and be successful at the sport. You must be a well rounded fighter with training in numerous disciplines." So with this in mind an approach that targets all the aspects as well as continues to build core strength is required. I think the cube method come pretty close to achieving this goal. The program basically revolves around the three main lifts, squat, pull, press, rotated through three effort levels max effort, repetition effort, and speed effort. The program also includes two conditioning days and an events day. The cycles are short, with just three weeks followed by a deload, similar to 5/3/1. This is perfect for strongman competitors as comps can come out of the blue and you need to be ready to compete at any time. More often then not we are not afforded the luxury of a 12 week training cycle and full knowledge of what the competition lifts will be. Often the events change right up until the day of the comp, sometimes they change even during the comp itself! The best way to deal with that level of uncertainty it is to be prepared for whatever may be thrown at you! If you are interested in this method and want to see it in practice you can follow my experience on my training log: http://ironstrong.or...post__p__157171 For a comprensive breakdown of the training program you can get your copy of The Cube Method for Strongman here: http://www.jtsstreng...-for-strongman/
  9. Daily Intake Of Creatine

    Yep I am over 300 lbs. Yes when I am bulking I will take 10g or creatine twice a day. When I a cutting I take none. I agree with most other people here, 5g a day year round is a safe and reasonable amount to take.
  10. Vinny is right Neil. Lifting your basic strength is going to be the most important thing right now.
  11. Yep conditioning both calves and arms is vital to guard against tears. Torn calves and torn biceps are very common injuries on competition day. I've seen both countless times in comps. Obviously you are not going to do calf raises or curls as a main lift. I do both as assistance only, and usually only at the end of a session and mostly for lighter weights.
  12. I alternate fronts and back squats. You are not chasing a 1rm in either as you will never do a 1rm squat in competition. Squats are to build a strength base, and you will need both front and back. Incline bench is very useful for overheads. I don't have an incline bench, if I did though, I would do them! Normal deads are important. If you are good at normal deads that will have good carry over to strongman deads. The only other thing you will need to train is dead for reps as this is a common event, and in fact is probably more common that a 1rm dead. So whilst you need to build a solid dead lift, you also need to build a solid capacity to punch out the reps.
  13. As for calf raises, they may be a waste of time for powerlifters. They won't add much to your 1rm squat or dead and certainly not to your bench. Strongman however need to have strong calves and certainly calf endurance for all of the carrying events such as yoke, farmers, sled drags, truck pulls etc. Try pulling a truck without conditioned calves and see how quickly they gas out and you are going no where. Even loading a stone to a high platform will require you to get up on you toes with an atlas stone on your shoulder.