This past Saturday (Jan 11, 2014), the crew from CrossFit by BodyFit came by Intrepid as part of their Strongman Affiliate Tour for a three hour Strongman clinic. Kevin, Meagan, and crew were awesome taking the 13 of us through various basic Strongman movements. The first round of stations saw us learning to lift, lap, shoulder, and press kegs (one of Ruth and I’s favorite movements); farmer carrying some crazy heavy weight using the farmer carry handles (Amanda owned the farmer carry station and received kudos from the Strongman coaches); and deadlifting using the fat bars to help strengthen our grip (Coach Marcus was a natural…go figure).
After a quick break everyone came back for some work with the yokes. The Strongman Affiliate Tour brought one yoke of their own, so we had three yokes total were moving back and forth across the gym. Each was a slightly different height and the loads got heavier and heavier with each successful carry across and back. Everyone definitely challenged their limits with heavy walks, but some of the more impressive carries came from Erik, Holley, and Randy (nice job guys!).
Again, after a quick break we rolled out the Atlas stones (literally). This was our first chance to break in the stones Erik and I made over the past couple of months, and the Strongman Affiliate Tour folks brought a bunch of their own too. The movement of lifting, lapping, and shouldering the stones reminded me of the way we lifted the kegs earlier in the day, but the stones were much tougher. Not only were there some sharp and rugged parts of the stones that cut and scratched (making the movement uncomfortable), but the general size and shape of the stones made the movement awkward and challenging. Everyone was up to the challenge and started with lighter stones, progressively making our way heavier and heavier with each successful shouldering. Several of the ladies attempted the 115# stone coming very close to getting it up, and a few of the guys made it to the 170# stone. For most of us the larger diameter of the stones proved to be more challenging than the actual weight of the stone, and most of us kept losing our hold. Before wrapping up the event the coaches put together a quick conditioning workout for everyone of AMRAP 4: 3 stone to shoulders & 7 burpees…brutal (see Nathania’s Facebook video).
All in all, everyone had a great time. A huge thanks go out to the coaches from CrossFit by BodyFit who drove from San Jacinto to put on a great clinic for us. A special thanks to Kevin, Robin, and Meagan for organizing and coordinating everything making our lives a lot easier. At the end of the day everyone has a solid foundation on moving odd objects and carrying heavy junk. This coming Saturday (Jan 18th), CrossFit Ethos in Laguna Hills is hosting the CrossFit Strongman seminar. This one day event will go into more detail on the movements covered on Saturday and a few more new ones. Coach Marcus and Coach Ruth are attending and if interested see this link for details and registration. Some of the Strongman Affiliate Tour coaches will likely be helping run this seminar as well.
One final Strongman note. With interest building, we will likely open a Strongman class in the coming weeks. One to two classes per week where the focus is on lifting heavy junk, moving odd objects, and perhaps short intense conditioning sessions in true Strongman fashion. More details to follow on pricing and times, but once Ruth and Marcus come back from this Saturday’s seminar we’ll put our heads together and put together a great program here at Intrepid. More details to come soon on Intrepid Strongman, so stay tuned!
A very happy birthday to Brian, one of our original Intrepids!
Push Press 2-2-2
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21 KB Swings