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Make Strongman great, FULL STOP

Posted by Mason Dannatt on

Make strongman great, full stop. Let me start straight away by saying that the sport of Strongman and woman is already a great sport. The camaraderie and the excitement of comp day is what drew me to it 3 or 4 years ago, and made me decide to leave a professional engineering job to start making equipment to support it. But can the sport be ‘better’? Sure. SM is growing in this country; many new faces are arriving on the scene weekly, combining with veterans of the sport. But here is my take on it. There is no governing body...

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Drop it like it's not - Frame carry and farmers carry are not the same deal.

Posted by Mason Dannatt on

At the Arnold Australia Strongman Championships this year, we threw two monster frames into the mix, as the much anticipated mystery event. Both pros and amateurs got the chance to test their grip and mental resolve, without the use of straps, on the 2.8m long, 1.2m wide steel behemoths. Despite heavily taped handles, many competitors found this event challenging. Although they were not able to train for the event, so mysterious that it was, the overall weight was not dramatically heavier than many competitors training weight on the farmers carry apparatus, so what is the difference? At first glance, a...

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Take the plunge - When is the best time of year to give strongman a try?

Posted by Mason Dannatt on

Have you always wanted to give strongman/strongwoman a shot? Been intrigued about how those giant concrete balls get off the floor, or how people can wield giant dumb bells with just one hand overhead, but been tentative to start, or unsure of how to make the plunge? Well, the easy answer is ANYTIME of year is a good time to start really, but let's look at a few reasons why the next month or two is the best. Accessibility - it wasn't always the case, but there are more and more places offering big heavy things to move around (we...

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Logarithms - understanding the physics behind the flagship overhead tool

Posted by Mason Dannatt on

Second only to possibly the Atlas stone, the log is by far the most recognizable 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 stability to press compared to a barbell, and not just accepting that 'it's huge, therefore it's hard', could benefit your training and in turn, a...

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Product Insight - Wagon wheels and axle.

Posted by Mason Dannatt on

  Dating back to the earliest days of competitive strongman, you won't have to look far to find footage of giants who have commandeered the back half of a whole wagon, and are pick it up and putting it down again. The variations are limitless, solid steel rims or mixtures of wood and iron, round axles or square, small or large, rough or smooth, each combination presents a challenge different to another. For the aspiring WSM or WSW, it's important for all of us to be able to train on an axle with wheels. For dead lift, their non-standard height...

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