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Logarithms - the 2020 revision!

Posted by Mason Dannatt on

*Please note – we wrote this article originally in 2016. Consider this a revision, with an additional 3 years of studying and research to add. Second only to possibly the Atlas stone, the log is by far the most recognisable Strongman event. Traditionally formed from huge timbers, this implement is now seen in all shapes and sizes, material types, lengths, widths and start weights. The polar opposite to the uniformity of a barbell, this ungainliness is what strongman is all about, and should never change. But gaining a deeper understanding of WHY the log demands so much more strength and...

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Viking Press - give it more thought than a barbarian would

Posted by Mason Dannatt on

The Viking press It’s been around, well, we can only assume since the age of the Vikings (can’t confirm this with actual historical research), it routinely appears at WSM, and is increasingly appearing in local comps around the country. It’s one of things that is never really talked about, so we thought we would take a bit of an in depth look at some science and geometry behind the movement. Are all rigs the same, what weight are you actually pressing, is it harder or easier than a barbell, why no ‘double dip’? All will be revealed below! The movement...

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Tacky – adding science to a sticky situation.

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Tacky – adding science to a sticky situation. You don’t have to be Issac Newton to understand the empirical results of your last stone loading session. You either picked up the stone or you didn’t. You put sticky stuff on your arms. Then you either picked it up or you didn’t. If you are happy to leave it there that’s fine. But if you want to take a step out of the cave and look a little deeper into what’s ACTAULLY happening in those 20 inches from the floor to your knees, read on, and unlock the secrets of friction,...

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The great height debate; do you have to be tall to Strongman, and what’s in it for the little guy?

Posted by Mason Dannatt on

The great height debate; do you have to be tall to Strongman, and what’s in it for the little guy? It’s a debate that surfaces in strongman internet ‘forums’ so often; the relevance of height in events. I’ve seen everyone from spectators, local athletes; all the way up to top 10 in the world weigh in on the situation, so I figured I’d get in on the conversation. I will begin with posting my stats below, in case they have any relevance to a point of view I might be trying to share (they don’t, the facts are what they...

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The barbell is making you weaker

Posted by Mason Dannatt on

The barbell is making you weaker. Go on, collect your pitch forks and sharpen them up. Get the stake and fire wood and build the pyre high and prepare for a good, old fashioned witch hunt. How dare he say such a thing? Such blasphemous remarks about the very iron code we live by, burn him! Very dramatic I know, but if you read on with an open mind, you will know I don’t actually mean it’s making you weaker (finger off the missile launch button, call the fighter jets off); it’s specificity that is our true enemy. The barbell...

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