Just when I seem to get a break of free time something else comes up to keep me away from getting things done; anyway, I've now got some time again so here is the write up from the weekend along with some pictures from the heavyweight show.
Final placings were; Saturday 10th from 17, Sunday Loz, Rob and I finished 2nd.
There was a delay with the opens for unforseen circumstances which left a lot of the heavy guys flat when it came time to compete. I have been having bother with my knees dipping during pressing and I knew the log and press medley would be really poor because of it.
Log I only did 1, head was all over the place cause as soon as I dipped I was getting shooting pains in both knees. Left in a not very happy mood.
Deadlift I did 11 reps, 1 more than Winter Giants in December and a lot more clean reps too so very happy.
Sandbags were pretty easy, even without any specific conditioning work since London and a heavy cold the past few weeks I did them all in 22s to tie Gary.
Car Hold was a real disappointment. My grip had been feeling really good in training, and the pick up felt really easy but as soon as I locked out the hands started opening. 8s I think.
Press medley only did the db and keg, was flat as a pancake here and had zero energy left.
170k stone over 54" for reps, only second time touching a 170k stone and did 3reps, just missed the 4th with a Poundstone-essque miss.
Sunday went a lot better, was really up for it even though I was really sore from the day before. I googled patella taping on Sat night and taped both knees and the difference it made was incredible, zero pain when dipping.
First up was 130k farmers for distance, I started and did a lap of the circuit, Rob took from where I dropped for just over half a lap then Loz finished off for a total distance of 105ish metres, 3rd. Felix got 1st and Darren 2nd.
Log next, 130k for reps from shoulders, Rob was having a hard time before this cause he hadn't been well all week and the effects were still there. I don't know how many Rob did before Loz switched places. I then jumped in for a gay triple before Rob and then Loz again finished the time; 25 reps and 1st place for us here. Darren 2nd and Fe 3rd.
650kg 2 man deadlift, Rob and Loz did this one for us and hit a nice 10 reps for a 2nd place. Fe and Jack did 12 for the win; Jay and Gary 7 for 3rd.
Next was the sandbags, 6 bags to be run in and loaded; 2 each. We surprisingly won this event with a time of 32s, not sure on the other times but Fe got 2nd and Darren 3rd.
Car Hold like Saturday again, and again a disaster for me think our combined time was about 25s, 20 of which was Loz! Not sure where the teams placed here.
Stones last, 170kg for reps. I was really up for this cause I wanted to make up for my poor stones on the Saturday. Was a 2min time limit with two guys, so it was Rob and myself. I started and did 5 reps, Rob came in for 4 I think then I think I did another 2, then Rob 2 and I jumped in with 10s left, but couldn't get it high enough. 13 reps for us, I know Gary and Jay did 14; not sure about Fe and Jack.
Overall it was great experience, new things learned and confidence is really high now.
Here's some pics from the Sat show;
Check out the awesome contest t-shirt that Bulky Boy designed for this year's contest!
Its time for the "Washington's Strongest Apple 4" to come to the City of Des Moines marina! So far, I have 31 competitors, including 4 women. HIGA MONSTER is excited to bring another top-notch amateur Strongman contest to the Seattle area.
There are competitors from Washington and Oregon, and I'm sure they are going to bring alot of intensity to the marina on June 4th10am-3pm.
Please stop on by if you are in the area. Admission is FREE. Just bring a folding chair and enjoy the show! Here is the address to the contest:
City of Des Moines Marina
22307 Dock Avenue
Des Moines, WA 98198
A big "mahalo" to all of my sponsors for this contest! Bulky Boy Clothing Company, Animal Pak, Trapper's Sushi, Imperial Fitness and Imperial CrossFit. I appreciate all of your support in helping me put this contest together.
Congratulations to the Juanita High School Rebels for winning their 2nd title in a row! It was a great competition today between these high school kids, and I am honored to be a part of this contest to help the "Austin Foundation" and my friend Willie Austin.
The final overall placings were:
Juanita High School 28 points
Franklin High School 20.5 points
The Austin Foundation 17.5 points
Chief Sealth High School & SW Youth and Family Services 15 points
Muckleshoot Tribal School 9 points
HIGA MONSTER on the microphone, rockin the Bulky Boy shorts too!
To see some great photos of the contest, please check out local photographer Jim Wallingford's website:
Alan actually came out on assignment to the contest, and then went to a banquet later that night and WON an award for his distinguished journalism!! How cool was that of him to come by and visit our contest?
Alan Berner and HIGA MONSTER.
Thank you to Daniel Jahn, Leilani Finau, Maximum Sports Conditioning, and all the rest of the staff & volunteers who came out to help yesterday! Its all about the kids in our local communitues, and I'm proud to be a part of it!
It's been a very long time since I posted last. I've not had much time as of late for anything other than school and training.
I finished my degree in chemical engineering last week so that's 5years of work done and now to find a job.
On the training front I'm on my way to the BodyPower Expo in Birmingham, England for a heavyweight competition on Saturday and a team show Sunday as I type this. I'll make sure to upload some pictures and footage when I get back.
I also did a demo at a show last week as part of a fundraiser for the charity which provided medical equipment and support to the unit my father was in during his illness. I'm just waiting for pictures to be emailed through and then I'll throw a wee write up together.
I'll try to post live updates over the weekend, but there will be nightly updates at the very latest.
Once again, the HIGA MONSTER will be the MC at this event for 7 local high schools in the Seattle area. Looking forward to seeing these kids compete for the bragging rights of being "Washington's Strongest School".
Some of the events include a Tractor Tire Flip, Golf cart push (with 2 people in it) and a Agility Course.
The weather is supposed to be great, and I can't wait to get on the microphone and cheer these kids on!
Sequim, WA is the hometown of my late friend Jesse Marunde.
(Hawaii's Strongest Man 2005)
Tomorrow night from 6pm-8pm, some serious Strongmen will be lifting HEAVY things at the "Sequim Irrigation Festival". This contest will be part of the Logging Show they have in conjunction with the festival.
The events will be Press Medley, Car Deadlift for reps (bar in front), Yoke Walk/Farmers Walk medley and a 365 lb Stone over a barfor reps.
I am looking forward to competing with everyone in the hometown of Jesse Marunde. A big thanks to "SARGE" John Allen for putting this show together again. He has put in alot of work and goes above & beyond to make sure this is one of the best Strongman contests in the Northwest.
I will take alot of pictures and video as usual. Come by if you are in the area!
Big mahalos to Patti Farren. She is the Site Coordinator of the "Husky Impact Program" at Giaudrone Middle School. This is an afterschool program, and Patti asked if I could come by to do a Strongman demonstration and give an inspirational talk for the kids.
Patti is the Aunt of my late friend, Jesse Marunde. So I was definitely on board to help her out.
I was able to get fellow Animal Pak athlete Ben Seath to join me with this community event, and Patti asked her workout friend Audra Boltin to come and help us too.
This is my second time hosting an "Animal Outreach" here in Washington state. Definitely an honor to possibly make a difference in the youth of our community.
Tomorrow afternoon, Ben Seath and I will be hosting the 2nd "Animal Outreach" here in Washington. The two of us will be heading down to Tacoma, WA tomorrow at Giaudrone Middle School. Our event will take place on Wednesday May 4, 2011 from 3pm-4:30pm PST.
There will be over 70 kids ready to workout with Ben and I. We are going to take them through 12 exercise stations that will only utilize their bodyweight. (push-ups, crunches, bear crawls, jumping jacks, planks, etc) I also got some ANIMAL shirts that we will give away to the top perfoming student in all 12 exercise stations.
We want to show these kids that they can still get a good exercise regimen even if their family can't afford to pay for a gym membership or allow them to play any sports.
After the workout, Ben and I will do a lifting demonstration for the kids with a giant Log Press and Atlas Stone lifting. Finally, we will close out the day with some words of inspiration to the children and hopefully make a difference among a few of these kids.
I will take alot of video and pictures! We are honored to give back to the youth in our community. If we don't make a difference in their lives, who will?
Hikeem Stewart & HIGA MONSTER. Hikeem will play basketball at University of Washington next year. He is Bull Stewart's youngest son, and has a twin brother that will be going to Arizona for basketball.
Lorenzo, Bull and Hikeem Stewart.
Mahalo to Bull Stewart for letting us host an ABC at his gym!
If you are ever in the Columbia City neighberhood of Seattle, please go check out Bull's gym of "Columbia City Fitnesss Center".