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Posted in Strongman by Mike on October 23, 2006

Headed over to Luke’s for a little strongman training yesterday.

log deadlifts – worked on Lukes wooden log that runs, I believe it was, 150ish, something like 8 or 10 inches. Added a pair of 25s after some warm ups. I worked a little dealift and clean and press. Then it was on to play with the 240lb 14″ steel log he has. That thing is daunting to say the least. Deadlifted it and attempted to clean it several times, somewhere between 5 and 10. I could only pull it as high at the top of my stomch/bottom of my breast bone. No chance of a full clean, never mind the press.

Stones – rolled out the 245 lb stone. I was expecting to see some cross over from sandbags. Honestly, any crossover was limited.  More than anything, I haven’t touched stones in a while and I forgot how to do it. They are very technique intensive in my opinion. After a bit of playing and mucking around, I got it up. I found that once it was in my lap, I was very comfortable. The clean was difficult but I got it to about head height. I played with that stone for a while longer and got about 4 lifts in. I went on to Luke’s next stone, 265, I think. I almost got it to my lap a couple times but never quite made it.

Log Deadlift- we went back to log deadlifts but my back was getting tired and I was totally unable to keep up with Luke here.

Steinborn lift – Luke’s been working the steinborn lift. I saw him move some very nice weights in this lift. I haven’t really worked before so we stripped the bar down to 135 and I worked on the technique. By the end I was getting the feel a bit.  Although I found I was cheating a lot. If I ever put real weight on there I won’t be able to get away with some of what I was doing. For me, it’s as much of a flexability exercise as anything.

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