MEET ANNOUNCEMENT – THE DINO GYM PRESENTS
“AN OLD TIME STRONGMAN COMPETITION”
by Al Myers
I am excited to announce this year’s Dino Gym Challenge. Every year I change “the theme” of the Dino Challenge to keep it refreshing and interesting. This year is no exception. For the FIRST TIME, the USAWA will sanction a Strongman Competition. All lifts done will be exhibition lifts – meaning they are NOT USAWA official lifts, and they will not be “record eligible”. That is one neat thing about the USAWA, our rules allow competitions to be sanctioned with exhibition lifts. There is not a better way to “try out” a new lift than having it in a competition for everyone to contest. To me, this seems like the BEST WAY to form an opinion of a new lift (before it is presented for lift approval). But I’m getting off track, this ANNOUNCEMENT is for a different type of Strongman Competition than what most people are used to. This competition will be based on OLD-TIME STRONGMEN and the feats they did in their performances or shows. There won’t be any aluminum kegs, steel logs, concrete stones, or adjustable steel yokes in this one. I consider those implements as MODERN strongman stuff!! Guys like Arthur Saxon and Hermann Goerner didn’t have access to those kind of things!
I picked 5 events for this competition based on 5 famous strength feats of 5 well-known Old Time Strongmen. The events will be:
1. Goerner Stroll – Carry two barbells one rod (16.5 feet)
2. Louie Cyr Press – One dumbbell overhead with one hand, anyway. May use both hands to get it to chest.
3. Apollon’s Lift – Overhead lift with 2″ bar, anyway. We will use my replica.
4. Dinnie Lift – Two loaded VBs with ring handles. One must be loaded 75% or less than the other.
5. Saxon Snatch – Snatch with a loaded plank, 3″ thick
I also want to point out that this competition will be DRUG TESTED, so all competitors will be drug-free just like these Old-Time Strongmen were! The rules of the USAWA will apply, which will make this Strongman Competition slightly different than the format of other Strongman Comps. The lifter will get three attempts on each event, and the lifter will PICK the weight they want to try. This way ANYONE can compete and perform within their capabilities and not be limited by “set equipment weight”. Each lifter’s maximum weight per lift will be added, forming a TOTAL POUNDAGE, which will be adjusted to points using the USAWA’s adjustment guidelines for age and bodyweight.
Put this EVENT on your schedule and be part of something new!! All lifts will be further highlighted in future USAWA Daily News stories on the website.
ENTRY FORM – DinoEntry2011