Alanna Casey (winner – under 150lbs Strongwomen world championships 2013) and I laugh often about the differences between me and her. We refer to ourselves as the yin and yang of the sport simply because we seem like polar opposites; Alanna being intensely focused on the win, Me, “going with the flow” and driven by self improvement. I have been competing in NAS contests in the United states for the past 4 years and I can categorically state that the American and Australian cultures and attitudes especially when it comes to competition seem so so different.
I thought it would be interesting to answer a number of questions, me as the laid-back Aussie and Casey as the world dominating American to see how our perspectives, views and attitudes contrasted. It also gives you a little insight into both of us as athletes….So here goes, enjoy…..
The Official Line-Up for Hardcore Powerlifting’s Clash of The Titans VII at The Branch Warren Classic Expo (July 13th, Houston, TX)
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The Branch Warren Classic Expo - Houston, Texas
1030AM till 130PM (Men & Woman’s Max Lifting followed by the Women’s 315 Pound Deadlift for Reps and then the Men’s 500 Pound Deadlift for Reps Challenge)
Following a spectacular event in 2012, Giants Live returned again to Headingley Carnegie, home of the Leeds Rhinos Rugby League team, for the 2013 Europe’s Strongest Man contest. With well in excess of six thousand spectators in attendance, none of the crowd left disappointed as the competitors put on another awe-inspiring display. With an absolutely stacked field, this was unquestionably the finest ever gathering of strongmen on British soil. As would be expected for as prestigious a title as this, it was a ‘Who’s Who’ of European strongmen.
The entire lineup has been announced for the 2013 California Celtic Classic World Highland Games & Festival who is this years host of the 2013 IHGF Pro World Highland Games Championships this August in Dana Point, California.
As I type this, my clients are in the midst of their prep for the 2013 Worlds Strongest Man contest. Brian Shaw, the 2011 Worlds Strongest Man Champion will be our reference point through this weekly series of articles, along with an additional client who will be qualifying for World’s Strongest Man over the course of the next couple of weeks.
When a client is involved in strength sports, specifically Pro Strongman, several unique challenges will be present throughout my nutrition guidance with the athlete. Strongman involves numerous aspects in order to be competitive. Strength is a given. But we aren’t talking normal strength.
A hugely exciting week for the US strongman/woman community (of which I feel a part of); The event weights for the 2013 NAS Nationals were announced. After the Arnold Strongwoman Fitness World Championships, I knew I had to re-focus and fine tune my game if I wanted to have any chance at realising my goal of top three in 2014. The week NAS announced the nationals weights, I completed the “mobilisation” of my team to lead me into the 2013 Americas Strongest Women qualifier for the 2014 Arnold Classic. Jill Mills is on my strength/Event programming and mental game, Simon Colley on my Speed/Agility and I will be working with the best (proven) athlete nutritionists in Australia, Jon Davie. Essentially all of this means, that I will not need to think about any part of my prep (too much) rather, I will just do.
Zydrunas Savickas made his 2013 season debut most impressive as he attacked his own world record in the log lift and managed to hold off the Icelandic freight train known as Hafthor Julius Bjornsson for the victory—but not before “Thor” notched a world record of his own.
Zydrunas Savickas opened his 2012 strongman season with a world record attempt in the Log Lift at the MHP Strongman Champions League–Holland and you can see how close he came to succeeding with the 221-kg lift. IronMind® | Randall J. Strossen photo.
His voice was instantly recognizable, like that of a long lost friend. But it was a joyless voice, and sounded a bit feeble.
Hossein Khosrow Ali Vaziri, is 73, and is in pain. He badly needs knee surgery that he can't afford, but if the truth is to be told, every joint on his body could use fixing. A lifetime in wrestling, amateur and professional, will do that to a man. So Vaziri, better known as the evil pro wrestler, "The Iron Sheik," would on this day rather sit in his chair and let the hours pass by than talk about his life.