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Old 01-15-2012, 12:37 PM   #1
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Strongman Fitness to debut at the 2013 Arnold (175 mens and 150lb womens WSM)

Thought some crossfitters might be interested in this. Its a ways off but you will need to qualify it is basically a worlds strongest man for 175lb men and 150lb women I know a lot of crossfitters fall into this category I hope some good athletes show up!

http://www.ironmind.com/ironmind/ope...13_Arnold.html


ASC has just announced “a new forum for all athletes to compete at the highest level,” in what is being called strongman fitness.


2012 lightweight national champion Kristyn Vytlacil Whisman (left) with Dione Wessels (center) and Mike Johnston (right). IronMind® | Courtesy of ASC.


Here is the official ASC press release, verbatim:


Strongman Fitness Will Make Debut at the Arnold in 2013

January 2, 2012 – In response to overwhelming interest ASC will create a new forum for all athletes to compete at the highest level

“When one thinks of a strongman, visions of great men of myth and legend like Hercules, Samson and Milo probably come to mind. In the modern era ASC strongman like Marshall White, Michael Burke, Brian Shaw, Vincent Urbank and many others fit the bill. But, let’s be honest who among us towers over 6’4” tall and weighs in at 330 + pounds?

So what about the rest of the world? “Stature is not the only determining factor of great strength or zeal for competition,” says ASC President Dione Wessels. “I am a 5’2” woman. I was a National champion strongwoman and World championship power lifter. I love and have dedicated my life to strength sports. With that being said, ASC is proud to announce that the first Strongman Fitness Championship will take place at the Arnold Sports Festival in 2013.”

So, what exactly is Strongman Fitness? “We are not reinventing the wheel here,” quipped ASC VP Mike Johnston, “Light weight men’s and women’s classes already exist in strongman. We are merely provided an opportunity for these amazing athletes to compete on the biggest stage in fitness the world.”

The first Strongman Fitness qualifiers will take place at ASC platinum plus shows in 2012. Top men and women will qualify directly for the Arnold in 2013. The rest of the field will come from the NAS Nationals in November 2012. The weight classes for Arnold and the platinum-plus qualifiers will be a 175-pound men’s open with athletes weighing up to 175 pounds and 150-pound women’s open with women weighing up to 150 pounds. The up to 175 pound men’s class and the traditional NAS women’s lightweight and middle weight classes will remain at the NAS Nationals with a percentage of competitors coming from each class.

“We are very excited about these classes as we believe that athletes from around the world will want to compete,” continued Wessels, “In America this will help our local NAS promoters by giving them a whole new athlete base as lighter weight competitors and women try to qualify for the Nationals. NAS promoters will be able to offer the traditional men’s 175 and women’s LW and MW classes.”

“We anticipate a myriad of questions regarding Strongman Fitness,” commented Johnston, “We will be setting up a “sticky post” on the NAS Anvil to field questions. Further, ASC will be organizing training seminars and coaching conferences for those interested in strongman techniques, training principles and Strongman Fitness application. These courses will be rooted in science and proctored by our award winning team of National Champions, strength and conditioning coaches, medical professionals and physical educators.”

More information will be forth coming on the nas forum at nasanvil.com
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Old 01-15-2012, 01:16 PM   #2
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Re: Strongman Fitness to debut at the 2013 Arnold (175 mens and 150lb womens WSM)

This is a great bridge between Crossfit and Strongman! Im hoping this helps the sport pick up more interest, it lets people meet in the middle with the weights of events! I am actually training a few guys for it out of 13 Stripes Crossfit!
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Old 01-15-2012, 04:21 PM   #3
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This is a great bridge between Crossfit and Strongman! Im hoping this helps the sport pick up more interest, it lets people meet in the middle with the weights of events! I am actually training a few guys for it out of 13 Stripes Crossfit!
I agree Mike I hope you build some beasts! I hope some of the elite crossfit guys show up I want it to be a deep talent pool at the show. I know I'm bringing my A game

Also great job at WSM now that we can talk about it and good luck at this years Arnold
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Old 01-15-2012, 04:41 PM   #4
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Re: Strongman Fitness to debut at the 2013 Arnold (175 mens and 150lb womens WSM)

Thanks Buddy!
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Old 01-31-2012, 09:35 PM   #5
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Re: Strongman Fitness to debut at the 2013 Arnold (175 mens and 150lb womens WSM)

List of qualifier dates and locations was posted a few weeks ago

http://americanstrongman.com/?p=4165

April 27-28, 2012
Europa Get Fit American Strongman/Strongman Fitness® Challenge *Entry posted soon*
Orlando Convention Center
Orlando, FL
Contact ASC 314-565-5970 or dione@americanstrongman.com



May 12, 2012
Shreveport’s Strongest Man *Entry Posted Soon*

Shreveport Convention Center
Shreveport, LA
Contact ASC 314-565-5970 or dione@americanstrongman.com



Pro-Am

June 29-30, 2012

Europa Get Fit American Strongman/Strongman Fitness® Challenge *Entry posted soon*
Hartford Convention Center
Hartford, CT
Contact ASC 314-565-5970 or dione@americanstrongman.com\



August 17-18, 2012

Europa Get Fit American Strongman/Strongman Fitness® Challenge *Entry posted soon*
Dallas Convention Center
Dallas, TX
Contact ASC 314-565-5970 or dione@americanstrongman.com



September 28-29, 2012
Olympia’s Strongest Man
Las Vegas, NV

Contact ASC 314-565-5970 or dione@americanstrongman.com



October 20, 2012

Europa Get Fit American Strongman 105k America’s Strongest Man®/Strongman Fitness International® *Entry posted soon*
Phoenix Convention Center
Phoenix, AZ
Contact ASC 314-565-5970 or dione@americanstrongman.com



November 2-3, 2012
ASC Presents
NAS National Championships/ America’s Strongest Woman
Harrah’s Casino
Tunica, MS

Contact ASC 314-565-5970 or dione@americanstrongman.com
Details will be forth coming each month


Hope some crossfitters show up! I am planning on Dallas and/or Phoenix one

If you don't want to compete at least come out and watch these are in conjunction with the big guys going for that American Strongman pro card and there is a lot going on at the Europas
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Old 02-27-2012, 02:41 PM   #6
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Re: Strongman Fitness to debut at the 2013 Arnold (175 mens and 150lb womens WSM)

second qualifiers events and entry is posted

http://www.nastrongman.com/pdf/2011/schreveport.pdf

5/12/12 in Shreveport
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Re: Strongman Fitness to debut at the 2013 Arnold (175 mens and 150lb womens WSM)

Do they have weight classes for novice? That is what I'd love to see. I am interested in Strongman, but as a novice and 122 lbs it's intimidating. I actually hold the NAS lightweight deadlift record right now and would love to do more but very few meets have novice or lightweight.
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Re: Strongman Fitness to debut at the 2013 Arnold (175 mens and 150lb womens WSM)

Depending on turnout and the promoter a lot of meets have novice divisions. Although if you hold the record in the dead I'd say you have the strength to compete in the open. Find someone to train the events with so you're not as intimidated.
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Re: Strongman Fitness to debut at the 2013 Arnold (175 mens and 150lb womens WSM)

Lititz PA? You should come up to 13 Stripes Crossfit and Catalyst Athletics in Harrisburg. I have everything you'll ever need to try out to get ready for these competitions.

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Lititz PA? You should come up to 13 Stripes Crossfit and Catalyst Athletics in Harrisburg. I have everything you'll ever need to try out to get ready for these competitions.

Mike
Thanks Mike, I may just do that. I know very little about the world of strongman, just kinda got thrown into it when our box held a competition. It was amazing to watch to say the least but I am a peanut compared to most of these gals!
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