Strongman for Physique Competitors: A Brief History
The sport of strongman has been around since the late 19th century. At first it was just a way to get heavy rocks off the ground quickly, but over time it evolved into something much different than what most people think. Today’s strongmen are not only athletes, they’re also artists. They use their bodies in creative ways that would make Picasso proud!
In the past strongmen were usually very skinny, and had little or no muscle mass. However, with proper training and nutrition they’ve become some of the strongest men on earth. Some of these men have even gone on to compete in Olympic weightlifting events!
Some of the best known strongmen include Mike Tyson , Frank Bruno , John Grimek , Mark Tompkins , Bob Baffert , Bill Pearl and Ron Kauk . These men are all considered legends in the strength sports world.
A brief history of strongman
Strongman competitions started back in the early 1900s when a man named Jack Daniels decided to try his hand at competing in them. His first competition was held at a local gym called “The Green Hell” (now known as “The Beast”). Daniels won that event, and then went on to win several others until one day he got tired of winning and quit.
The first official strongman competition was held in Scotland during the 1950s. The winner of this event was Bill Kazmaier, who remained undefeated until Bob Young came along and beat his records. In 1979 Bob Hannah managed to beat all of Young’s records, which made Young so angry that he came back to beat them again a year later.
During the late 70’s and early 80’s strongman became very popular, but as time went on it began to die out. It was revived again when The World’s Strongest Man was created in 1977. This competition has remained the global standard for professional strongman competitors ever since.
Although strongman events are still fairly common today, there are not very many professional strongman competitors left. Most of the events have been taken out of the Olympics, and the few that remain aren’t exactly the most popular. This is probably because many of them involve some pretty boring stuff like carrying things or pushing things. Nobody likes to watch people push things!
The future of strongman
While it may seem as if strongman is a dying sport these days, that doesn’t mean it still can’t become popular again. All it takes is for one person to become famous and the whole thing can take off. It’s happened in the past and it can certainly happen again. As long people are around to watch other people push heavy things, then the sport of strongman will live forever.
Now that you’re a little more familiar with the origins and events of strongman, you’re probably wondering how you can get started. Well wonder no more, because the secrets to gaining superhuman strength are yours for the taking, if you just follow this guide!
The first thing you’re going to have to do is get yourself a gym membership. While you may be tempted to start lifting right away, you really should take some time to learn how your body reacts to different amounts of weight. This is why it’s a good idea to get a trainer. Trainers will teach you the proper techniques for lifting, as well as how to adjust the weights so that you don’t get hurt.
Since you’re new to this, your body is probably not used to the amount of weight it’s about to be lifting. This means you’re going to have to take things slowly. Don’t be in such a rush to get huge and strong. Just because the big guys in the gym lift a lot of weight doesn’t mean you have to. In fact it’s usually those guys who get hurt the most, and end up having long term muscle and joint problems later in life.
Here are some of the basics you need to know about weight training:
Always warm up before and stretch afterwards – It’s important that your muscles are ready to be worked out and that you do not get injured. Warming up increases the blood flow to your muscles and helps them prepare for the weight lifting portion of your workout. Stretching helps prevent muscle tears and other injuries that can occur from lifting weights.
In between sets, you should be resting, not sitting or standing around doing nothing. Take at least a minute break in between each set. Longer if needed.
Here are some of the more popular free weight exercises:
Barbells and dumbbells – Barbells and dumbbells are good for building all around strength. It’s important to know how to use each properly. If you’re a beginner, never exceed more than 50% of your body weight on either of these. You should also know that they’re not just for raising over your head. You can do a lot with just pushing and pulling movements.
You can even do some isolation movements with barbells and dumbbells. Isolation movements are great for working on specific muscle groups, but not so much for building strength in all your muscles.
Barbells and dumbbells can also be combined with other types of exercises. For example, you can do barbell squats or lunges while holding the weight. You can also do shoulder presses with dumbbells.
Barbells and dumbbells are the best tools for building strength.Trap bar – A trap bar is a hexagonal shaped bar that you stand in between with two handles at either end. It can have a comfortable grip or a knurled grip. The handles are at about shoulder width apart and on the inside of the hexagon. It can either be loaded with plates on both sides, or loaded with weights on one side.
The trap bar can replace a lot of free weight exercises and is very easy to learn how to use properly. It works for a lot of different types of lifting movements. The best thing about it is that it’s easy to lift off the ground from a dead stop without using your legs like you would with a traditional barbell.
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