The WASM Qualifier & Events Saturday

12657797_939393109463669_9185569573447202314_oTHE HEART of Fremantle hosted the first WA Strongman qualifier for 2016. A crowd had assembled early to watch some twenty one competitors, most of them new to the sport, prepare for the challenge ahead. Five events, starting (as is practically tradition) with the Yoke walk, followed by Log clean-press, Axle deadlift, Farmers walk and Atlas stones.

I couldn’t stick around for half of it, but I was there to see some impressive pressing from Matt Lynch Blanche, who’s name I remember from the under 105 division a few years back. New to the state but certainly not the sport, Matt has evidently stepped up his game to rival veteran strongman and all-round nice guy, Jay Connelly, in the heavyweights. Jay gave it his best and took second in what I’m told came down to a nail-biting final event.


A little after midday I took off back to PTC Perth for the clinic. Few trainees this weekend meant I could focus more on my own lifting and I worked up to a 275 kilogram belt-less deadlift, followed by a reliable 300. I’m wearing my Rehband soft belt for most things now, and adding the Inzer lever belt for max effort deadlifts, squats and events. It feels weird, but it’s gotta beat a hernia.


I also continue to make steady progress with my pressing. The shoulder is not bothered at all by the clean, which is excellent. I worked up to a strict single of 100 after doing 5 reps sets of 60, 70, 80 and a triple of 90 kilograms. These are all sub-max for a reason, as my strict axle work midweek is where I hit max effort and I don’t want to jeopardise those sessions.

Just like the WASM qualifier, we finished the clinic with Farmers walk. A lesson was learned during that final event; it’s not something I perform regularly enough, and to prove this my hands quickly developed several blood blisters which were popped and oozing before the end of the session. Farmers walk will become a more common event going forward.

I have to say, it feels really fucking good to be lifting decent numbers again.

Log clean-press:
45 kgs x 8
60 kgs x 8
70 kgs x 5 – viper
80 kgs x 5 – viper
90 kgs x 3 – strict
100 kgs x 1 – strict

75 kgs x 8
125 kgs x 5
175 kgs x 5
225 kgs x 5
275 kgs x 1 – no belts
300 kgs x 1 – both belts

Farmers walk:
50 kgs p/h x 2 x 15 meters
60 kgs p/h x 15 meters
90 kgs p/h x 15 meters