MDLP: Strongman Events

I will call this my first true event day of the cycle and it felt successful. With my friend Alan, owner of Ironhouse Gym, we had a great session at The Battle Axe. There was a certain air to the night as a group of us got together to train on a rare cool Miami evening. With the very real feeling of competition looming in the air for all of us, the sobering sensation of purpose was thick, and I loved it. Maybe it is because of the years, or having been injured, or the very real feeling of time ticking by but I felt truly in tuned that night. Both keg loading and block pressing are two movements I haven’t done in many years so I did not want to do them above my pay grade.

This being my first week was engrained in my head as the environment was good enough to push heavy numbers but my body is still acclimating to the Strongman work over the body building work. I feel stronger in my static work but there is still a lot of work to do as far performance. Press medley was kept at around 70% and the yoke at a light 600. My last performance on the yoke was no where near what I wanted and it was a smack to the face. So my plan is to build it up at a good pace without tearing my back and knees apart. Easy enough… right? I finished the night off with some keg over bar and stayed with a 225 keg. Loading has always been one of my best events and its something I’ll be looking forward to strengthening.

Work Load:

  • Press medley 3 sets at 70%
  • Yoke 3 sets of 50 ft at 600#
  • Keg over bar 3×3 225

Overall the night went well with no tweaks to any sassy muscles and an over all feeling of confidence. The block will be a major challenge and as always, my best buddy the D bell will be something to keep an eye on. A game plan has been set but with future travel and busy weeks, my plan is to stay as consistent as possible. Not traveling for 12 days like last prep will be amazing but life as a coach and business owner  only proves to be a little inconsistent at times but that is to be expected. If I manipulate my training in an optimal way and focus hard on staying with my nutrition, I expect a solid result form this training stepping stone.

Never Stray from The Way


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Michael “MDLP” De La Pava is currently a competitive Strongman and owner of The Battle Axe Gym. Born in Miami, Florida into a Colombian household, Michael finished his schooling by attending Penn State University where he graduated with a Degree in Psychology. Having his roots in martial arts, he would go on to compete in various sports as a Muay Thai fighter, Powerlifter, and rugby player before committing himself fully to Strongman. During this time, he opened Miami’s first Strongman gym, The Battle Axe, where he currently coaches athletes from various disciplines including powerlifting, MMA fighters, Strongman, officers of multiple authorities and enlisted and active military operators. Competing in Strongman for over 6 years has given Michael the opportunity to rank as high as 15th in the nation (105kg), won Florida’s Strongest man (1st in 2014 and 2nd in 2015 in the 105kg class), lift and load a 420 pound Atlas stone, log press 335, pull 700, and most importantly, share the competitive battlefield with some of the best in the game. During this journey, Michael suffered what some would consider a potentially career-ending spine injury. It was at this time that Brian and Michael would begin working together to not only rehab his spine, allowing him to return to Strongman but also develop a new Strongman training program revolving around the 10/20 philosophy. Strongman and coaching have given Michael the opportunity to travel around the nation and the world to train, coach and be coached, as well as share ideas with various leaders in the strength community. Michael’s experience and network in strongman brings a welcome connection with the ever-growing sport of Strongman to the 10/20 team and PRS family.

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