2 days ago I competed in East Midlands Strongest Man Under 80kg which was my 2nd ever strongman comp, although I consider it my first 'proper' one.
Given that I weighed in as one of the lighter competitors and my relative lack of experience I was over the moon to have placed 6th and actually disappointed that I missed out on a podium position.
In my opinion here's how I managed to 'steal' 6th.
Nutrition - clean diet, carbs for recovery and to promote growth, supplement with fish oil and collagen formula to reduce inflammation and promote recovery. Greens drink on the day and alkalising salts to help buffer lactate when the kegs and logs were getting heavy.
3 meals a day plus a shake - I find anymore meals than this stresses me out and I end up missing them.
No preworkout other than black coffee.
Training - use of the Westide method comprising of max effort days and dynamic days.
This meant I could maintain heavy lifting and was posting PBs weekly leading up to the comp. It also meant training was fun and I looked forward to every single session (4 times a week).
Intensity - learning from Leicester Tigers and Phil P I have realised the importance of pukey, balls to the wall, as if your life depended on it intensity. When I'm trianing in the gym I'm think about how hard my contemporaries are training and then I take it up a level.
Recovery - food and sleep allow you to go hell for leather. The westside method helped me stay fresh every session and on the few occasions when I was feeling a little bit not up for it I allowed myself a low intensity session. LISTEN TO THE BODY.
Incidentally my week off 'deload' returned a 15kg increase in my deadlift in 3 weeks - this is insane.
Meditation / imagery -
I mentally rehearsed my events in bed, in the car, at the gym when I was lifting. Every time I went through this mental rehearsal I reminded myself what the equipment would feel like, how the crowd would sound, what I was feeling. When it came round on the day my nerves seemed to not be there - instead I had this overwhelming urge to perform, and lift with strength and speed just like I'd practiced in my head. No one could get in my head on the day because id already been there and done it before. (take note England football team).
These factors may have only contributed a couple of percent each but together I believe them to have helped me 'steal' a position.
In fact that brings me on to my final point - SELF BELIEF.
I believe this to be crucial to any process or decision in life. If you truly back yourself 100% then it doesn't really matter what programme you're using or what fancy diet you're following you will achieve that goal and this is what I like to instill in my clients.
Training for this competition has been the most inciteful, rewarding and happy experience of my life and has returned the best results in lean muscle mass I've ever achieved.
I would urge anyone to sign up to something that they're not sure they're ready for and shit themselves in the pursuit of happyness.
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