14 Things you NEED for your First Strongman Contest

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BILL KAZMAIER LEGENDARY AMERICAN STRONGMAN 14 THINGS YOU NEED FOR Y O U R F I R S T S T R O N G M A N CONTEST By Jedd Johnson, CSCS 14 Things you NEED for your First Strongman Contest Jedd Johnson, CSCS Diesel Crew dieselcrew.com
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14 Things you NEED for your First Strongman Contest By Jedd Johnson, CSCS Strongman is a great sport . Each year, more and more athletes join the amateur strongman ranks in hopes of becoming a champion and perhaps even receiving their Pro Card. At one time, it was my dream to compete with the best in the world on the grand stage of the World’s Strongest Man championship, or the Strongman Super Series championship. I can still remember the Frst contest I competed in. It was in Revere, Massachusetts and it was organized by CJ Murphy and Bob Jodoin of Total Performance Sports . Pete Aagard, Smitty, and Me – Morning of Our First Contest at Total Performance Sports We knew very little about the sport and participating in the contest was more of just an opportunity for adventure than a shot at a new career. We had no equipment so we had to do the best we could with stuff we had lying around. Plus we had no idea about proper preparation for the day of the event. I actually feel with our limited experience, our training went pretty well and Murph and Bob were very helpful in get- ting us in competitive shape for the contest. Unfortunately, there was still a ton to learn about some of the things we needed to have with us the day of the contest. By writing this, I am hoping to give you some information you can use for the day of your Frst contest to help you be successful. 14 Things you NEED for your First Strongman Contest Jedd Johnson, CSCS 1
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You may think that some of these tidbits are pointless, but I can assure you, they will make a huge difference. You’ve been working for months to get into shape and be as strong as you can for this show. All of this will help to assure you success. And remember – this is your Frst contest – all the rest of the competitors have probably done this before. Some may know more about technique. Some may know more about strategy, and some may be in a bit better shape than you. That’s giving away a lot of experience. Why give away any more? The day of the contest, the time is over for building strength – you are as strong as you are going to get and you have done an outstanding job in your preparation. Now it is time to make sure that day of the contest you have all the bases covered. In this multi-part series, I am going to give you 14 things that you MUST HAVE WITH YOU on the day of the contest to make sure you do your absolute best. 1. Tons of Drinks It is important to keep yourself hydrated at the strongman event. Even small amounts of dehydration can result in losses of strength, stamina, and cognitive ability. When we were training for our Frst contest, the dude that won the light weight category the previous year told us to bring as much ±uid as possible. He said he brought a gallon jug Flled with
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