Strongman Competing for Women

Some of you will recognise Holly as she works with me in Revitalize Fitness, doing 1:1 sessions and also covering some of my session too. Holly and I often train together too, mainly because I get pushed to my max as she is a great fitness trainer but also because we like a good natter and chatting while we workout is the only option we have these days!

Holly recently took part in a strongman competition with her partner Ian and I asked her to write me a blog post on the event. Mainly to show you an aspect of fitness that you may never hears of before but also to say a massive well done to Holly for having the balls to do something a bit different and out of her comfort zone. Lots of respect for that.

If you are interested in learning more about Strongman or want some 1:1 sessions with Holly please get in touch.

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So I have played around at Strongman events for a few months as I like to train with my other half who is a strongman athlete. I’ve had a go at farmers walk, atlas stones, deadlifts and log but just having fun. My normal gym training is a mix of high intensity interval training and free weights focusing on certain muscle groups or whole body sessions. Then I love to run with my gorgeous dogs out in the Sheffield country side.

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A few months ago I saw an advert for a couples strongman competition and thought it looked interesting. I love a crazy challenges and to test my body physically. So I text the fella and said we should give it a shot and he signed us up before I could even think about it! (he’s been pestering me to do a comp for ages!)

So a month before the comp I thought I’d better get focusing on the specific events that I would be doing in the event so joined Titanium Strength Gym.

Thankfully the massive strongmen were super friendly and really helpful so I soon got to grips with the events. I trained four times a week practicing the specific events for the comp. When I started my fitness was there but not up to the standards that I needed for the comp.  By the end of the month of managed to achieve the weights for most of the events, it definitely wasn’t easy but I felt confident knowing I could do them, woohoo!

So comp day arrived………… Omg I was sooooooooo nervous!!!! To add to the nerves, Ian arranged for my family to suprise me and turned up to watch!!!! Then looking round at all the athletes I was even more nervous!!!!! After many trips to the loo and warm ups we were up!

First event was the farmers walk with 70kg in each hand for me and the yolk for Ian. The crowd were awesome, atmosphere was brill.

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After the first event my nerves calmed but the toilet was still my friend!

2nd event was the axel press 50kg for me and log for Ian.

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Wow this one was hard because the axel was set up very different to what I had trained on. So I had to experiment with the first lift and oh no it wouldn’t move!!!!! So I changed tactics and faced away from the frame and split my stance and somehow pushed it up! Phew!

3rd event was deadlifts, 100kg for me, not my best event but felt OK.

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4th event was farmers hold with 80kg in each hand. I had never lifted this heavy in training so was super psyched to make sure I tried my hardest to pick it up. Omg I lifted it up!! Lots of shouting, screaming and crazy faces later (46secs later) I let it go when my fingers had enough.

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Final event was stone over yoke, 50kg for me. I liked this one, in my head I imagined I was picking up medicine ball and chucking it over the yoke! In reality it was slightly harder!

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The day was amazing, watched a lot of amazingly strong men and woman show their true strength and determination. The atmosphere and support was so crazy and this is always the same at all the comps I have watched Ian in. Definitely the most friendly sport around.

So our result, we were hoping for a podium place but we came 5th. However the position didn’t matter because I achieved a lot of personal best’s and loved my first attempt at a strongman/woman comp. Competing with Ian was awesome too, sooooo much fun as u can see from the pictures we are a crazy couple!

So now I have entered a novice female comp in January 2016 so watch this space!!!!!!

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