The announcement is not yet official, but the ten invitees to the Arnold Strongman Classic have been known for a few weeks now. None of the invites are truly surprising, but there is a little “hhmmmm” factor to consider. Coupled with the announcement that the 2012 ASC champion Mike Jenkins is sitting the 2013 version out due to a surgical knee issue, we have a field of nine. No announcement has been made as to who will fill the number ten slot, but those in the know are hoping to see tradition return.
Joe Morrow who has been featured in Strength Central before, is out to defend his Lightweight title at RUM 6 in February, 2013. Joe, known to many as the strongest Lb for Lb powerlifter in the world has totaled his bodyweight x10 more than once in competition. Below is a preview video of his training. Joe also competed in bodybuilding last year and intends to again later this year. With the moto: "Workin' to be "pound for pound" the strongest Raw powerlifter in America and "pound for pound" the World's Strongest Bodybuilder!" you know the guy is working hard to acheive hsi dreams.
One of Strongman's most recognizable faces has announced he is taking the 2013 season off to determine whether he will stay in the game that has brought him such huge success, or whether its time to hang up the lifting straps. The Giant from the UK has qualified for the Worlds Strongest Man seven times, finishing on the podium twice and has been invited to the big dance in Columbus Ohio at the Arnold Strongman Classic, twice. From Terry's Facebook this morning:
In hugely disappointing news, the 2012 Arnold Strongman Classic winner Mike Jenkins anounced earlier today he will not be congtesting the 2013 Arnold. He simply states in the video below that he has suffered a knee injury that has him at 80-90% of his lifts as he prepared for the coming show. After speaking with Dione Wessels, Dr. Terry Todd, Colin Bryce and the powers that be, it was decided that taking the time to allow this injury to heal and explore surgical options was the best thing to do at tthis time.
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Fail. Adapt. Succeed. Repeat.
That’s the Ironmill philosophy. It was the message I had in big letters on my t-shirt at Saturday’s Strongman competition in South Windsor, CT. When I packed that shirt to wear at the competition, I had no idea how much that philosophy was going to manifest in my performance that Saturday.
I was having a great run of successes the last few months. I was working hard and seeing the payoff in contest after contest. In September I had gotten my pro-status as a powerlifter in RPS at the Iron Maiden Championships in Newark, NJ. In October I flew to Phoenix, AZ for the RX Muscle Bros vs Pros 12 squat and deadlift challenge for reps with bodyweight. At 125lbs, with 125lbs on the barbell I squeezed out 75 squats and 156 deadlifts to win the event by 71 reps. On December 1st, I entered my first strongman competition, aggressively bypassing the novice class and competing in the open with hopes to qualify for nationals. It paid off. I finished 2nd and got my national qualification at my first competition. I was on a roll.
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