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10/5/2013 1:07:19 PM - Chase Karnes
Last Event Day Before Nationals - Press PR, Yoke/Sled - (w/VIDEO)

I am currently training for The 2013 North American Strongman National Championship that will be held on October 18th and 19th in Denison, Texas. I’ll be competing in the Lightweight 200# division.

Well today is the last full event day before Nationals. It’s amazing how time flies when preparing for a competition. Training went well today. I was very pleased with the press medley. I was a little disappointed with my yoke as I dropped it right at the line. But since it was raining it was definitely less than ideal conditions. My shirt was soaked and so was the crossbar of the yoke. My hands were also wet and chalk wouldn’t really do much for any of it. So while typically the bar sits solid I felt the bar wanting to slide the whole yoke run. You can actually see the yoke slip and shift towards the beginning of the run. That was a battle in itself. Regardless – that’s the best I’ve ever moved with 750# on the yoke. Competition weight will be 730# on a much better yoke – so for the first time going into Nationals I feel really good about my yoke.

My body is actually feeling very good right now. In years past I’ve been pretty beat up at this point. I’ve increased my recovery a bit and will be making sure to continue eating well, sleeping, soft tissue work, stretching, Epsom salt baths and two more massages next week.

Bodyweight was 211 this morning, after eating fajitas last night. So I’m sitting at a very good weight to cut from. I’ll be hitting some low intensity cardio and core work tomorrow and then two training days next week before I start my deload going into Nationals. At this point I can’t get any stronger, but I can get injured. So it’s about being smart and coming in ready – which I will be doing.


A. Press Medley

165# DB, 260# Axle, 300# Log, 230# Keg
33 seconds - PR

B. Yoke

390 x 50 ft.
480 x 50 ft.
570 x 50 ft.
660 x 20 ft.

C. Yoke/Sled

750# yoke/350# tire – 52 seconds

12 Days Until Weigh Ins,
Chase Karnes

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