“Just have fun and enjoy yourself…” ~ A joke between Stefanie Tropea (champion strongwoman) and I leading in to the 2012 NAS nationals….we were NOT having fun.
So this was my first week of training in my 11 week lead in to the NAS Nationals…I have also seriously cleaned up my nutrition over the past four weeks (thank god for mammoth kitchen and GenTec nutrition ~ outstanding Australian companies who make this prep time so much easier for me and Jon Davie and Allison Nicoll-Matthews my nutrition gurus), which is essentially the icing on the “it is time to get serious” cake. I developed an 11 week calendar this week outlining every morning and afternoon session, for every day leading into the nationals. Jill Mills has provided the first part of my strongwomen event training and so the “fun” has begun….
Powerlifitng phenom Becca Swanson and her husband Yasir announced the birth of Azlan Anthony Chaudhari, born July 17, 2013, 2:58 am, 8 lb 7 oz, 20 inches.
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.