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Old 06-16-2010, 10:29 PM   #1
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I've been competing in powerlifting for about 2 years. For a long time I've been interested in competing in strongman, that's part of the reason I started powerlfting, to bring up my strength levels for strongman. I think I'm to the point with my powerlifting that my strength levels are decent and it's time to start focusing more on strongman events. I still want to compete in powerlifting, maybe once or twice a year, and I definitely don't want to forget about the things that have gotten me to this point. If anybody has any experience on how to successfully combined training for strongman and powerlifting, I'd really like some advice. Just to give and idea about where I'm at I totalled 1603 at my last powerlifting meet, and last night strongmans training ( the first since last november because ski season ) I yoked walked 550 for 50 feet pretty easily, farmer walked 305 each side for about 25 feet, flipped the 800 pound tire a few times ( but was really unhappy with my technique ). Anyway, I'd appreciate any information/advice.

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Old 06-17-2010, 12:08 AM   #2
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I do exactly what you are wanting to do. I train a powerlifting routine with a heavy strongman influence. My accessory work is all for my strongman but I do core lifts geared towards powerlifting. I do event training three times a week usually as a finisher to my workouts, last thing I do. I have a training log on this site that will showcase my latest training regiment. Obviously it focusses on certain events at a time as you cant train them all at once. I am increasing strength in every aspect, my core lifts to my strongman events it is working out awesome. You are never too weak to start strongman training, learning technique is everything. While you lift more than I do Im sure combined training will still benefit you alot.
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I do event training three times a week usually as a finisher to my workouts, last thing I do.
That's not going to work for me. My powerlifting gym doesn't have strongman equipment. The only times I can train strongman is Tuesday night and Saturday morning, that's when a group of guys meet at a guys house who keeps the equipment in his garage.

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I have a training log on this site that will showcase my latest training regiment. Obviously it focusses on certain events at a time as you cant train them all at once. I am increasing strength in every aspect, my core lifts to my strongman events it is working out awesome.
Thanks, I'll look at your training log.

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You are never too weak to start strongman training, learning technique is everything.
I know, I didn't mean to suggest otherwise. I just had some unique issues and wanted to gain some strength first.
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What works best for me is doing Deadlift versus chains/bands and keeping it light and dynamic,just doing it to keep my form and technique up to par while building speed during the week, so I have energy for farmers walks/stones/tires/events... during the weekend.

Basically if you powerlifting leaves you beat up for events then deload it with dynamic work so you keep the technique and style you developed but you don't kill your body.

I personally do something like: and switch it up based on how I feel

Tuesday
Narrow Grip Bench Press
Strict Presses/Db Presses or Overhead/Bench assistance

Thursday
Squats
DE Deadlifts

Saturday
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Log or Axle Clean and press
Tires
Farmers/yoke
Stones

I mix the westside pendulum and 5/3/1 templates for certain lifts altering them as I see fit, as for events I base them off competitions I have an eye on doing. Tend to go heavy when I feel strong, light when I feel weak, and always try to work on technique rather then forcing the weight/implements up.
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