The world’s premier network for those seeking to share and discuss high-impact,high results, super practical information for the developmentof superiorphysical performance.
Results 1 to 9 of 9
  1. #1
    Wolfeye is offline Banned
    Join Date
    Nov 2011
    Posts
    943

    Default Highland Game Stuff?

    Was looking into the Highland Games (actually, various training-related things of Highland Warriors- details of that would be greatly appreciated). Seems a real good exercise aspiration- to do most of these things well, you'd need a lot of all-around athleticism. Basque games are possibly even moreso.

    The hammer throws caught my eye (the actual hammer throwing, not swinging that cannonball-type of thing & throwing it). Caber tossing seems potentially useful (originally for bridging gaps), but a pain in the ass technique-wise.

    Would like to do that kind of stuff (some wouldn't be feasible in my lawn- it's not huge). Maybe there's assorted training things that can be done in a relatively small space to tide me over?

  2. #2
    ad5ly is offline Senior Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2008
    Posts
    4,607

    Default

    I saw Highland Games events when I was stationed at RAF Machrihanish (AREA 51 of Great Britain...hehe!!) in the wee toon of Campbeltown in 1992. You definitely need space for hammer throws and tossing the caber. Can't do that in your garage! If you google the 1955 movie "wee geordie" on youtube - you can see both good examples of a hammer throw and one very bad example but comical too. That was an inspirational movie about a young man who aspires to develope strength and goes to the Olympics representing Scotland in the Hammer throw...Dennis

  3. #3
    Wolfeye is offline Banned
    Join Date
    Nov 2011
    Posts
    943

    Default

    Thanks, I'll look at that. I'm a little surprised they don't have hill sprint races or "bog dances" for time & things like that. Seems they were known for those things

  4. #4
    ComradeCat is offline Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2014
    Posts
    289

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Wolfeye View Post
    Maybe there's assorted training things that can be done in a relatively small space to tide me over?
    I've come across a really funny quote about the different competitive strength sports, and this basically tells you why small spaces and Highland Games don't mix.

    I can't recall / find the original quote, and apologies if I massacred the original, but it goes something like this:

    Powerlifting - watch me lift a weight up and down

    Weightlifting - watch me lift a weight overhead then drop it

    Strongman - watch me carry a weight from here to there

    Highland Games - watch me throw a weight up, down and all over

    You're gonna need space man.
    Last edited by ComradeCat; 07-12-2016 at 07:26 AM.

  5. #5
    Maelstrom's Avatar
    Maelstrom is offline Administrator
    Join Date
    Nov 2008
    Location
    Florida
    Posts
    370
    Blog Entries
    1

    Default

    LOL! SO true... a lot of the moves are also pretty technique specific too. There may be a group in your area that gets together and practices - and many times they have all the right stuff too.

    Master RKC Max Shank has done really well in Highland Games, here's an interview from a while back that's pretty focused on the Games:
    Dragon Door Interviews Master RKC, Max Shank about the Highland Games Regional Championship | Dragon Door

    Quote Originally Posted by ComradeCat View Post

    Highland Games - watch me throw a weight up, down and all over

    You're gonna need space man.
    _____________________________________
    Adrienne Harvey, Senior PCC Instructor, RKC Level 2, CK-FMS, Fitness Strategist, Content Strategist
    Personal journey blog, recipes, workouts and fun:
    http://www.giryagirl.com

  6. #6
    ad5ly is offline Senior Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2008
    Posts
    4,607

    Default

    There is an event in the Highland Games where a cannister shaped weight - 24kg (53lbs) with an attached handle is thrown upward and over a bar adjusted for various heights - WITH ONE HAND. There are those who can throw that weight up to a height of 18 feet or more. For those of us who own a 24kg kettlebell just imagine that...Dennis

  7. #7
    Wolfeye is offline Banned
    Join Date
    Nov 2011
    Posts
    943

    Default

    Thanks, everyone! I have a school field at the end of the block, but I don't know if they'd start breaking my chops about throwing weights & such (pitting up the field & things like that). Might have to find a different place.

    There DOES seem to be a group on Long Island that does Highland Games stuff, or at least holds these games fairly close to me. It's such a pain in the ass that public transportation is sparse near me & damn-near nothing is "walking distance" (meaning I can go that distance, but would need to cross "unfavorable terrain" or would have to camp out in the bushes for the night because of how long it'd take to go there & back).

  8. #8
    bencrush is offline Senior Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2008
    Location
    Lawrence, KS
    Posts
    257

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Wolfeye View Post
    Thanks, everyone! I have a school field at the end of the block, but I don't know if they'd start breaking my chops about throwing weights & such (pitting up the field & things like that). Might have to find a different place.

    There DOES seem to be a group on Long Island that does Highland Games stuff, or at least holds these games fairly close to me. It's such a pain in the ass that public transportation is sparse near me & damn-near nothing is "walking distance" (meaning I can go that distance, but would need to cross "unfavorable terrain" or would have to camp out in the bushes for the night because of how long it'd take to go there & back).
    You can also visit the NASGA forum and find people and highland games near you, results from past games, upcoming games, and a lot of training tips by using the search function.

  9. #9
    Wolfeye is offline Banned
    Join Date
    Nov 2011
    Posts
    943

    Default

    bencrush: Thanks, didn't know about that!

  10. #10
    Wolfeye is offline Banned
    Join Date
    Nov 2011
    Posts
    943

    Default

    Just learned some tricks for throwing the caber. When starting off, you interlock your fingers & sandwich it against your shoulder as you work your way down lower & lower, then squeeze your palms together to get a grip & lift it up, get your hands under it & carry it HIGH (instead of lower down, which makes it flop back & it causes problems with your throw). Then run forward, step (instead of jump, which makes downward momentum to work against with your throw), and throw straight up- toward your chin, instead of trying to flip it outward.

    It was in a Youtube video, but I figure that's something of a mystery to a lot of people & someone might want to try it on a lark. I remember a DIY caber & it looked like was just two sets of boards- a 2/3 one next to a 1/3 one connected though a piece of metal & the opposite under it (2/3-1/3, 1/3-2/3 under it- whatever size you're using).

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
Free Course
Close