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    Hello,

    I have a question as to wheter how to train for a all around lifting program. I"ve decied this is the sport for me very old time strongmen style. It seems hard to train for though with all the lifts there are to compete for. As of right now I want to focus on one and two arm deadlifts,one and two arm military presses, and, Bent Press and getups plus some grip and finger lifts.. My schedule looks like M,W,F,S is when I can find time to workout. So can someone help me come up with my own all around lifting practice.

    Thanks.

    PS: I will also be practicing bodyweight and bending feats on the side.

    Thanks.

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    You need Steve Justa's book Rock, Iron, Steel.

    The whole book is just common sense strength training, especially regarding all around strength.
    You might be armed but you're not dangerous...

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    That's a lot of stuff to try to be good at all at once.
    I would pick a couple of lifts and work on them for awhile.
    It doesn't mean you can't "practice" some of the other things but put your focus on the lifts you've picked.
    Focusing on to many things at once divides your attention to much and will not let you get to your full potential on the lifts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Man2 View Post
    Hello,

    I have a question as to wheter how to train for a all around lifting program. I"ve decied this is the sport for me very old time strongmen style. It seems hard to train for though with all the lifts there are to compete for. As of right now I want to focus on one and two arm deadlifts,one and two arm military presses, and, Bent Press and getups plus some grip and finger lifts.. My schedule looks like M,W,F,S is when I can find time to workout. So can someone help me come up with my own all around lifting practice.

    Thanks.

    PS: I will also be practicing bodyweight and bending feats on the side.

    Thanks.
    I have been a USAWA member for 10 years and it is a lot of fun. You will be spinning your wheels trying to train for the approximately 150 lifts that are contested.

    Choose up to a dozen that you are really interested in and rotate between training them hard and just including a few moderate sets (I do mostly singles on most of the more technique-oriented lifts) to get used to the lift and maintain any gains that improving technique quickly brings.

    I focus on the grip-related lifts because that's my specialty. There aren't a lot of them in the record book so it's been easier for me than someone who has a lot of lifts that interest them.


    I printed off the records in my weight class for all the grip lifts that interested me and then put a copy in several places. In my training area. That's a no-brainer. In my work bag that I bring with me every day. So I could review them and keep them fresh in my mind. I still do this if it's a lift that I am particularly driven to break the record.

    Have fun with your training and don't hesitate to contact me here, by e-mail, or on my training blog (in my signature) for help at any time. I enjoy helping others and the USAWA members as a whole have gone out of their way to help me and anyone else asking for help along the way - so take advantage of that and it will help you go even farther in the record books.

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