IFSA World's Strongest Nation
Here are the standings after the first day of the IFSA World's Strongest Nation competition.
Representing the USA, Josh Thigpen, Jon Andersen, Van Hatfield and Travis Ortmayer share first place with host nation Ukraine, having five points each. Great Britain and Germany share third place, with 10 points each.
The contest continues tomorrow.
Glenn Ross: Strongman as a Supermarket, Strongmen as Bears
Glenn "Big Daddy" Ross is on the mend, and while he modestly said "deadlifting is coming on well . . . no weights to shout about yet, but getting there," Glenn also said that he is "looking forward to getting back to some real daddy squats and power movements."
Go back a decade, land in Mintlaw, Scotland at the 1995 World Musclepower Championships, and remember the walk-on by the name of Glenn Ross - even if he couldn't compete that day, Glenn got invited to be a tester, which included the opportunity to lock horns with Nathan Jones on the Pole Push.
Glenn Ross champions the idea that strongman is about lifting and moving heavy objects - it's the way he sees strongman of old - and he says strongman is about "fighting for every step, not running." This is the philosophy represented in the contests put on by the UK Strength Council, of which Glenn is a member. In these contests, instead of, for example, picking up a 180-kg Husafell stone from a stand and sprinting with it, a 200-kg stone would have to lifted from the ground, before struggling forward with it.
Talking about the UK Strength Council in the context of all the competing strongman federations, Glenn uses a supermarket analogy, in that when there is competition, it is good for everyone: competition in strongman creates an opportunity for the athletes, the fans and the sponsors to end up with a better product, and the reality is a free-market situation anyway.
"Big, strong men are like bears," Glenn said. "As long as you keep feeding them honey, they will stay in their caves and stick with certain organizations, but when the honey pot runs out, they must go into the forest to look for more honey."
Besides working to bring back strongman contests with events that he sees as reflecting this make-it-heavy philosophy, Glenn is fired up about training: "I’ve been training for 16 years . . . it's been an onslaught," so with the break forced by his injury, Glenn is refreshed and fully motivated to "get back to full strength. I hope to be ready for my target date in March," he said.
Wednesday, October 19, 2005
Strongman at the 2006 FitExpo
Just when you might be getting a little tired of shoveling snow and wearing four layers of clothes to stay warm, Southern California's FitExpo offers a change of pace, and if you're an up-and-coming strongman, February 17 - 19, 2006 could be your coming out party.
Dave Ostlund works some two-meter magic on an IronMind Apollon's Axle fitted with tires at the 2005 FitExpo. Ostlund went on to qualify for the 2005 World's Strongest Man contest, where he made the finals and placed ninth overall. Randall J. Strossen, Ph.D. photo.
Ace strongman competitor and promoter Odd Haugen told IronMind that he is planning to hold another strongman contest at the 2006 FitExpo, with the intention of giving American competitors a chance to strut their stuff: Do well enough and you just might get invited to a World's Strongest Man Super Series contest . . . the gateway to the World's Strongest Man contest, so here it is - this contest gives you an opportunity to get off the porch and go run with the big dogs.
In addition to Dave Ostlund, Jesse Marunde also went on from the 2005 FitExpo strongman contest to qualify for and compete in this year's World's Strongest Man contest, where he finished second overall, so the precedent has been set and maybe you can do likewise next year.
For more information on the 2006 FitExpo, please check their official website http://www.thefitexpo.com/ and for details on how you can get into the strongman contest, please contact Odd Haugen: firstname.lastname@example.org
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