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12/31/2014 5:22:23 PM - Chase Karnes
"Hope" Strongman Push/Pull - Max Axle & Max 18 Inch Deadlift w/VIDEOS

The Saturday before Christmas I went up to St. Louis to compete in the USS "Hope for the Holidays" - Record Setters push/pull strongman competition.

I competed in the max axle clean & press and the max 18 inch deadlift events. I weighed in at 204 pounds in the 220# class. For those who don't regularly read my training log, I didn't really train for this competition and decided to do it last minute. I also had partially tore my hamstring about two weeks out. So this was of some concern. But the competition is for a good cause (it raises money for less fortunate children) so I wanted to be apart of it.

Since I hadn't trained for it I had no clue where my maxes would be on either lift. I hadn't trained any strongman events since before England. And I haven't pulled at 18 inch deadlift since 2011. So I worked up to some conservative openers a little over a week out.


For the competition I decided on:

Opener: 290
Second: 310
Third: 325-335 (Depending on how my 2nd attempt felt)

Max 18 Inch Deadlift
Opener: 750
Second: 810 - Small PR
Third: 830-850 (Depending on how my 2nd attempt and hamstring felt)

My axle opener went really good. It felt strong and fast. My second attempt felt really rough on the clean portion. My technique was a little rusty. Since I struggled on the clean on my second attempt I wasn't as confident as I normally would've been in my clean. So I went conservative with 325. I got a much better clean and the press felt like a joke. So I went ahead and hit it for a double. Just because.

325# Axle Clean & Press for a double

After the axle my hamstring was a mess. I tried rolling it out, but it didn't help. Apparently the explosiveness of the clean had really aggravated the area I had injured. Luckily Logan Chiropractic College was set up to work on competitors. I asked if they did any manual therapy and they did. So I had a guy work on it for a while. That helped quite a bit, but it still wasn't 100%.

On the 18 inch deadlift my opener felt great. I went for a 10 pound PR on my next attempt with 810. This felt a little slower and I felt my hamstring some. So I played it safe and made a conservative attempt of 830# for my third.

830# 18 Inch Deadlift

Just Because,
Chase Karnes

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