This Sunday (27/1/13) Junction gym, Wakefield are holding there 2nd Winter warmer comp, the competition had previously been dated for November but had to be delayed due to clashes with other comps. Last time out was a tightly fought battle between Wales’ Simon Johnston, York’s Mark Kingham and Leeds’ James Robson with Simon just pipping it on the final event which made great viewing for the large crowd on the day. On Sunday the athletes will be squatting a car, lifting logs, axles and giant dumbbells and finishing off the day with the famous atlas stones. This years’ event has potential to top last years with a number of national level competitors in the line up so get yourself there this Sunday doors open at 10am for an 11am start entry is £2.50 on the door.
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British veteran Mark Felix competed this weekend at the La Fit Expo in Los Angeles, California. This was Marks first competition for quite a while after an series of injures kept him out for most of last year, Felix put in a strong performance placing first in the farmers walk and then surprisingly the 46 year old won the loading event by and astonishing 26 seconds displaying how fit he still is against competitors half his age. Felix had a few bad events placing 9th in the tyre flip and 7th in the yoke and missed a 250kg front squat that lost him valuable points. Mark will now be focusing his efforts on the up and coming English Giants Live Qualifier in April at Swindons Pro Strength and Fitness
Final placings and points
Jerry Pritchard- 45
Mark Felix- 37
Robert oberst- 35.5
Dan Harrison- 35
Chad smith- 34
James rude- 33.5
Joel Dirks- 33
Nick best- 29.5
Andrew Palmer- 24
Dave ostlund- 19
The owner of Ultimate Uk’s Strongest Man Glenn Ross this week announced there would be changes to the scoring system this year.
The ‘Daddy’ announced that the scoring would be reset at the end of each day to make the heats more viewer friendly. In past years the scores followed on from day one to day two and then reset for the final, but this has meant that athletes can qualify for the finals after only 2 events on day two and subsequently take it easy or don’t attempt the final two events.
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On the 4th of February we have another exclusive! We the seven time World’s Strongest Man finalist Terry Hollands on the forum as the latest strongman we’ve lined up to answer you’re questions. Terry will from with us from 8 PM so mark it down in your diary as one not to miss.
Today is the 20th anniversary of the death of the legend Jon Pall Sigmarsson, Sigmarsson was undoubtedly one of the greatest ever strongmen he was known for his showmanship and famous quotes which are still used on t-shirts and printed on gym walls around the globe. Jón Páll died on the 16th January 1993 of a heart attack. He was deadlifting in his gym in Iceland when he suffered the heart attack, caused, it is thought, by a traumatic aortic rupture which was related to a weakened heart, a problem that was known to exist in his family.
This weekends Scotland’s Strongest Man Qualifier threw up some really unexpected results. The new boy Luke Stoltman was looking strong, athletic and although lacking comp experience was really impressive, his displays in arm over arm and shield carry were phenomenal. With a solid all round performance Luke took the win in his first national comp. Luke who trains at Forge Gym in Inverness took the win ahead of top british competitors Steve Cherrie who will be jetting off to the USA in a March to represent Great Britain at the Arnold Amateur Strongman, Ken Nowicki 2nd Place UK’s Strongest Man 2011, and 3x UK Strongest man finalist Lee Allen. Luke has proven himself against some of the UK’s best and has shown massive promise for the future. There were other unknown faces who impressed one was Mark Hunter who put in a consistant performance throughout the day taking 2nd place on the arm over arm pull only 2 seconds behind the winner Luke Stoltman with only 7 competitors finishing the 20m course. Another was the 20 year old Nick Foxhall who produced an outstanding display on the deadlift and with some guidance and event training could be a force to be reckoned with in the final.
Luke Stoltman 125.5 1st
Stevie Cherrie 120.5 2nd
John Hutton 93 3rd
Tom Parkes 92.5 4th
Mark Hunter 89.5 5th
Nick Foxhall 86 6th
Bren Powers 75.5 7th
Stuart 75 8th
Lee Allen 73.5 9th
Gary Burt 73 10th
Davy Cummings 71.5 11th
Lewis 66 12th
John 64.5 13th
Brian 63 14th
Ken Nowicki 62.5 15th 1st reserve
Colin Arthur 57.5 16th 2nd reserve
Neil 44 17th
Euan 39.5 18th
Ian 38.5 19th
Danny 30 20th
James 27 21st
Sean 19 22nd
Tickets for the English Qualifier for Giants Live are now on sale. To pay by debit card please call 01793 979155 or for online payments via Paypal please send money to firstname.lastname@example.org
Alternatively, you can buy tickets directly from the front desk at Pro Strength and Fitness, Swindon.
Tickets cost £12 and this guarantees you entry and a seat. Tickets are limited so book early to avoid disappointment.
The 2013 Odd Haugen Strength Classic @ LA Fit Expo
Sunday, January 20th, 2013
Events and rules
Double Overhand Apollon’s Axle™ Deadlift
World Record Challenge
The athletes will each attempt to dead lift the IronMind Apollon’s Axle™ loaded with standard plates, starting weight 160kg/352lb and increasing with each attempt till there is ONE MAN STANDING. Time starts when Axle is loaded, and athletes have 30 seconds to commence the lift. No grip aids other than chalk allowed. Athletes must grip axle with knuckles on both facing away from body (double overhand grip). Thumb less or locked thumb grip not allowed. Otherwise, standard power lifting rules (including Sumo style) apply; resting Axle on the thighs or any downward movement will NOT be allowed. Athletes must await referee’s down signal before returning the Axle back to the platform all the while maintaining the grip/contact with Axle. The anticipated schedule of weights will be (subject to Referee’s judgment): 160kg/352lb; 180kg/396lb; 190kg/418lb; 200kg/440lb; 210kg/463lb; 220kg/485lb; etc. Each athlete must lift the opening weight to be in the competition, but may “pass” on subsequent weights as long as he does so prior to his turn. World record is 502lb set by Rich Williams (USA) June 26, 2010..
Rolling Thunder® Last Man Standing
World Record Challenge
The athletes will each attempt to dead lift with one hand the IronMind Rolling Thunder®, starting weight ~75kg/165lb and increasing with each attempt till there is ONE MAN STANDING. Time starts when the implement is loaded, and athletes have 30 seconds to commence the lift.
No grip aids other than chalk allowed. Athlete can use either hand, and must grip the center of the Rolling Thunder handle. Thumb less or locked thumb grip not allowed. The anticipated schedule of weights will be (subject to Referee’s judgment): 165lb; 185lb; 200lb; 220lb; 230lb; 240lb; 250lb; 260lb; etc. (or metric equivalent). Each athlete must lift the opening weight to be in the competition, but may “pass” on subsequent weights as long as he does so prior to his turn. The current World Record is 146.75kg (323lb) set by Mark Felix (UK) May 5, 2012 in UK.
Captains of Crush® Silver Bullet™
World Record Challenge
The athlete (reverse order of overall standing) will attempt to crush and then hold a 19mm CoC Silver Bullet™ between the handles of a No. 3 Captains of Crush (CoC) Gripper and hold it until it fall out. Athlete’s hand must be vertical position (not supinated or pronated), in front of athlete’s body, and clear of athlete’s other hand. A 2.5kg weight will be attached to the CoC Silver Bullet and the best time wins. No grip aids other than chalk allowed. The current World Record is 52.48 seconds set by Alexey “Tank” Tyukalov (RUS) September 29, 2012 in Finland.
The IRON GRIP® Pinch Medley
The athletes (reverse order of overall standing) will attempt to lift and load 6 blocks from 50 to 75lb to boxes 42”, 36”, 30”, 24”, 18” and 12”. The objects must be LIFTED to the platform without the use of the other arm/hand. The most blocks successfully lifted to the platform in the least amount of time wins. No grip aids other than chalk allowed. Athlete can use either hand. There will be a 60 seconds time limit.
The Viking Fishing Pole™ Wrist Roller Challenge
The athletes (reverse order of overall standing) will attempt to hoist a giant fishing pole using an Ironmind Wrist-Roller set-up. The athlete to raise the “fish out of water” in the least amount of time wins. Unsuccessful “fishing” will be rewarded in distance raised. No grip aids other than chalk allowed. There will be a 60 seconds time limit.
Due to the interest in this competition tickets will be sold in advance, as the venue can only take a set number of spectators.
Tickets will be available to buy through Pro Strength and fitness, Swindon from Monday. You can pay either through Paypal or by calling the hotline. Tickets are limited and sold on a first come first served basis. Advanced ticket prices will be £12.
Pro Strength & Fitness
The hotline number and Paypal details will be posted on Monday 14/01/13
Tonight at 8.30pm Rob ‘Titchfield Power’ Frampton will be joining us live on British Strongman to answer questions from fans and other up and coming strongmen and women.
Rob missed out on Worlds Strongest Man last year due to injury, log on tonight to find out how he’s doing with the injury and what is plans are for the coming season also find out how this legendary strongman trained to blast through the 400kg mark and the deadlift and squat a massive bench mark to put himself up there with the elite.
VOS meets Rob Frampton