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Old 04-19-2007, 08:43 AM   #1
Richard Paul Ham-Williams
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Hi All,

Just a quick cry for help really, I have set up a charity event for the Teenage Cancer trust over here in the UK.

I am basically pushing a pulling my truck as greater distance as possible in 30 minutes.

I would welcome any advice on technique and or equipment needs?

Training side of things is ok I am just not sure about footwear, chalk, rope etc? I am tepted to go bear feet as that is hopw my training is done due to a lack of knowledge on footwear suitable for this type of thing?

Further info on the event is at

Cheers in advance all

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Old 04-20-2007, 07:02 AM   #2
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Wow, Richard!

Can you use a pulling harness? Ironmind's is very good (so I'm told) (but not cheap).

(w/f safe link)

Or do you just have to do it hand-over-hand only on a rope?

Either way, I think some degree of grip strength will be critical. Ironmind has tons of material and training devices in that area, too.

I'm really not the one to advise about other equipment, (hopefully, others with some Strongman experience will chime in), but I would think:

Rope: Big, strong (duh!), soft, and "grippy" . . . not a synthetic.

Shoes: I'd think you'd want very, very grippy, and tight (rock climbing?). I'm not sure standard weightlifting shoes would work at all . . . they're designed for strong support against vertical loads, but your force/exertion is going to be strongly horizontal. I think barefoot would leave you very torn up, unless training has toughened them considerably.

Again, I'd defer to folks with actual experience in this stuff if and when they join . . .
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Old 04-20-2007, 07:15 AM   #3
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Hey David,

no harness, not through rules just through preference really and that facing that way I have little leg power due to my prosthetic knee and shin:-)

I will push it one way and then pull it back the other way - should give my muscles a little rest bite.....

Grip strength seems ok in training which is cool, deadlifting has helped that alot.

The rope is just my 20ft climbing rope that I use for workouts, it will be looped through towing eye at the front, I think it is hessian?

My feet are pretty much like leather anyway from years of bare foot training and bare foot just about anywhere I can go...dont like shoes:-)

Any technique pointers?

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Old 04-23-2007, 01:12 PM   #4
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Harness is a necessity in my mind. Here's a good work and family safe link

here's a cheaper version.

If you are pulling on a concrete surface, get thick rubbered climbing shoes. You will be very thankful. If you're pulling on a field, get some form of cleat. You will need traction. I owuld avoid bare foot training and demonstrating in this event.

This is not my area. I prefer the other strongman events as part of my cross training.

Hope that helps?

All the best,

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Old 04-24-2007, 05:46 AM   #5
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Richard, check out Tom Mitchell at
He's the #2 ranked Masters Heavyweight Strongman in the USA. Tom recently did a seminar for us, and is very, very knowledgeable in all aspects of Strongman training. I am sure he could answer your questions. Tell him I suggested you contact him, okay?
Hope that helps.
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Old 04-25-2007, 02:29 AM   #6
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Hey thanks for the input,

Arden - thanks for the advice, no harness though I am amfraid :-) I am however looking into where I can get some shoes "donated" from for this event (it is concrete by the way)

Frank - Thanks for the contact, I will shoot over a mail now and yes I will mention you too.

Cheers all, really appreciated.

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