Hi, I really like the 10/20/life philosophies and training style. My question is what sort of modifications would you advise for making it more strongman specific?
This is a little bit of a loaded questions but I’ll try my best to simplify it so that you get the gist of it without leaving you with a respectable answer. If you have any further questions I highly suggest you read my log posts (a lot of my reasoning and experiences are there), follow me @thebattleaxegym or email me at email@example.com so you can see how this is applied to not only myself but all my competitive strongman athletes from the local circuit to the national stage.
10/20 Strongman is an idea and philosophy adaptation from 10/20 life that I have been discussing with Brain for almost 2 years now. The point is to keep the same 24/7 athlete mentality in and out of the gym, properly planed and well thought out de-loads, and optimally timed competition and off season cycles. There is much more depth to this but this is part of the main focus when applying to strongman. Because strongman is so incredibly varied, often times athletes fall into the trap of working too hard, too much, too fast with implements that can shorten or end a career (i know first hand). It is also very easy to avoid de load or apply it incorrectly with damaging implements or movements that lead us into a perpetual cycle of always playing catch up with our body. Strongman is also very subjective to not only the lifters experience but also the competitions being trained for, that being said, 10/20 Strongman has a baseline that regardless of upcoming events, will keep you in the game longer and safer.. which I PROMISE you is worth more than a PR here and there. Any big Z fan can attest to that!
I will also add that the classic mentality of blue collard strongman that gives a green light to constantly work through pain, push beyond your limits weekly, max out without reason and the mindless approach to Over-competing is rampant and over all damaging mindset in Strongman. Alongside Brian, we are really developing what was once considered impossible or very rare…strongman and longevity in the same sentence haha! I have found great success in 10/20 strongman not only from myself (recovering from major spine injury and bicep tear) but also with my lifters and online competitors. If you have any questions please feel free to reach out.