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2012 Dryden Amateur Strongman Competition


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Introduction

The 2012 Dryden Amateur Strongman Competition was a very good show with an extremely competitive lineup and was the first strongman contest in Dryden which I had heard about. The contest was put on my Trevor Campbell with sponsorship by ShowTime Supplements. I do hope that this is only the first year for the contest with many more to come as I greatly enjoyed both participating in the contest and covering it for my website and YouTube channel.

CONTEST RESULTS
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2012 Dryden Amateur Strongman Competition - RESULTS!

Heavyweight Class:


WINNER: Eric Brady - 25 points
2. Ben Thompson - 19 points
3: Jared Wick - 16 points
4. James Alcock - 10 points
5. Eric Bilodeau - 5 points

Lightweight Class:


WINNER: Joe Baxter- 45 points
2. Dan Skaarup - 42 points
3: Mike Marion - 38 points
4. Kyle Ulvang - 31 points
5. Jake Dipaolo - 30 points
6. Ben McNabb - 27 points
7. Jordan Tizzard - 25 points
8. Elton Wall - 22 points
9. Matt Canning - 16 points
10. Peter McKeawn - 3 points

Event 1: Progression Tire Flip [460-lb to ~1,000-lb]:

Heavyweight:

1. Eric Brady 6 Tires - 28s
2. Ben Thompson 6 Tires - 43s
3. Jamie Alcock 6 Tires - 44s
4. Jared Wick 6 Tires - 1min 05
5. Eric Bilodeau 5 Tires - 55s

Lightweight:

1. Joe Baxter 6 Tires - 39s.
2. Dan Skaarap 6 Tires - 1min 02
3. Mike Marion 6 Tires - 1min 08
4. Elton Wall 6 Tires - 2min
5. Ben McNabb 5 Tires - 35s
6. Jordan Tizzard 5 Tires - 1min 04
7. Kyle Ulvang 5 Tires - 1min 06
8. Matt Canning 4 Tires - 32s
9. Peter McKeawn 4 Tires - 41s
10. Jake Dipaolo 3 Tires - 13s

Event 2: Axle Deadlift [450-lb for lightweight, 550-lb for heavyweight]:

Heavyweight:


1. Eric Brady - 15 reps
2. Ben Thompson - 14 reps
3.Jared Wick - 13 reps
4. Jamie Alcock - 9 reps
5. Eric Bilodeau - 2 reps

Lightweight:

1. Klye Ulvang - 23 reps
2. Joe Baxter - 21 reps
3. Dan Skaarap - 20 reps
4. Ben McNabb - 17 reps
5. Jake Dipaolo - 16 reps
6. Mike Marion - 13 reps
7. Elton Wall - 12 reps
8. Jordan Tizzard - 6 reps
9. Matt Canning - 5 reps
10. Peter McKeawn - 0 reps

Event 3: Medley:

Heavyweight:


1. Eric Brady 1min 08
2. Jared Wick 1min 18
3. Jamie Alcock 243.7"
4. Ben Thompson 160.4"
5. Eric Bilodeau 160"

Lightweight:

1. Joe Baxter - 67s
2. Jake Dipaolo - 72s
3. Dan Skarrap - 75s
4. Mike Marion - 77s
5. Ben McNabb - 81s
6. Elton Wall - 97s
7. Jordan Tizzard - 106s
8. Matt Canning - 228'' sandbag
9. Kyle Ulvang - 190.3" sandbag
10. Peter McKeawn - 182" sandbag

Event 4: Log Press:

Heavyweight:

1. Eric bradey - 9 reps
2. Ben thompson - 8 reps
3. Jared wick - 6 reps
4. Jamie alcock - 5 reps
4. Eric bilodeau - 5 reps

Lightweight:

1. Dan Skarrap - 11 reps
2. Jake Dipaolo - 8 reps
2. Mike Marion - 8 reps
3. Kyle Ulvang - 7 reps
4. Joe Baxter - 6 reps
4. Matt Canning - 6 reps
4. Jordan Tizzard - 6 reps
5. Elton Wall - 4 reps
5. Ben McNabb - 4 reps
6. Peter McKeawn - 0 reps

Event 5: Atlas Stones:

Heavyweight:

1. Eric Brady 3reps
2. Ben Thompson 3reps
3. Jared Wick 1rep
4. Eric Bilodeau 0reps
5. James Alcock 0reps

Lightweight:

1. Joe Baxter 10reps
2. Mike Marion 8reps
3. Kyle Ulvang 6reps
4. Jordan Tizzard 5reps
4. Dan Skaarup 5reps
5. Jake Dipaolo 4reps
5. Ben McNabb 4reps
6. Elton Wall 2reps
7. Matt Canning 1rep
8. Peter McKeawn 0reps

Now I will make detailed comments below for each competitor:

CONTEST REVIEW
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1st: Eric Brady

This was the second contest that Eric won in a row, after the 2012 Dryden Amateur Strongman CompetitionMuscles Contest in Thunder Bay which took place one week before. Eric won this contest in convincing fashion having won all events and only tying in one event which was the 335-lb Atlas Stone event over a 45" bar. He tied with three reps with Ben Thompson. Otherwise, he won every event and so this was a very impressive performance for Eric.

Progression Tire Flip [460-lb to ~1,000-lb]:

Eric completed this medley in an astounding 28s. I finished four tires in 32s and had I not taken a break between the third and fourth tires I could have matched or surpassed 28s, but to complete all six tires in that time is very impressive. Eric basically motored through this event while other competitors had to spend quite some time on it.

550-lb Axle Deadlift:

Eric impressed in this lift by beating Thunder Bay's Ben Thompson. I believe that in a case like this it is an advantage to perform the event last. I feel that had Eric gone second last that Ben would have beaten his reps by one which is what Eric did to him instead, as they are very close as far as the deadlift is concerned. Either way, another win for Eric and an impressive one too.

Distance Medley: 80-ft EACH:
240-lb / HAND FARMER'S WALK
235-lb WHEEL CARRY
190-lb SANDBAG CARRY
TRUCK PULL - F150 + 1,000-lb:


Eric completed this medley in 68s. Eric is so fast on distance events that I am somewhat concerned for his safety. I feel that to be as good as Eric is at distance events it requires not only strength and speed, but some degree of foolhardiness or carelessness. Eric is strong and fast and I think shows slightly less regard to injury events and he continues to dominate them from one contest to the next. This may be an unfair description of Eric, although I think I make some valid points here.

210-lb Log Press:

Eric's pressing strength is not up to the level of his lower body strength and it is the only area where he will need to post significant improvements in order to achieve strong success in the pro ranks. If he can bring his upper body strength up to the level of his lower body strength, he will be a force to be reckoned with in the pro ranks. As for this contest, achieving a 210-lb log for nine reps was enough for him to win the event and he did very good work. He will eventually get his one rep max log to a level that will allow him great success in the pro ranks.

335-lb Atlas Stone Over 45" Bar:

Eric performed five reps with a 325-lb Atlas Stone over a 56" bar in Motors & Muscles so I was somewhat surprised to see Eric only get three reps here in Dryden, but in any case, it was enough for him to tie Ben Thompson for 1st place in this event and each stone is different which explains why Eric's performance varied [possibly in addition to other factors].

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VB_pXCgooCc



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2nd: Ben Thompson

Ben is a very strong young man and I thought he stood a good chance at winning this contest and 2nd place is a very good result for him.

Progression Tire Flip [460-lb to ~1,000-lb]:

Ben finished the progression tire flip at the time of 43s which was a remarkable time. This was very fast and roughly what I expected from Ben given that he is very strong and fast at this movement.

550-lb Axle Deadlift:

Ben got 14 reps with the Axle deadlift which was not surprising to me as Ben has a very good deadlift. That said, I think if Ben had gone last he would have taken the number that Eric achieved and attempted to beat it, because Eric and Ben are very close. Instead, Eric got the advantage of going second and did one more rep than Ben to win this event. In any case, this was a very good event for Ben.

Distance Medley: 80-ft EACH:
240-lb / HAND FARMER'S WALK
235-lb WHEEL CARRY
190-lb SANDBAG CARRY
TRUCK PULL - F150 + 1,000-lb:


Ben made it to 160.4" in the distance medley in the 120s available for this event. I think that Ben would have been able to complete this event, but time was a factor. I also felt that Ben somewhat quit on this event by the looks of things as he had firmly grasped the 190-lb sandbag but dropped it without moving, possibly due to the fact that time was running out. It looked to me that he had the strength necessary to go some distance with it, but he dropped it but in any case, still a good effort for Ben on a very tough medley.

210-lb Log Press:

Ben has as massive overhead press and the best log press of any competitor at this contest but going second last gave Eric the advantage of knowing how many reps to do to win the event. Ben got eight reps which was very good but he would have dominated this event had the log been a 310-lb log and not a 210-lb log, or even a 250-lb log for that matter. Either way, good effort from Ben here and a good event and placing for him.

335-lb Atlas Stone Over 45" Bar:

Ben tied Eric for 1st place in this event with three reps and unfortunately, my memory card was full by the time of this event and I was unable to get the footage. Either way, it was a very impressive effort by Ben with a massive stone and it was nice to see him tie Eric on an event.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ce8-u2BFgc



Ben Thompson At The 2012 Dryden Amateur Strongman CompetitionMuscles Competition. Ben Thompson At The 2012 Dryden Amateur Strongman Competition.
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3rd: Jared Wick

Jared has been doing quite well lately in competition and consistently improving. He has posted improvements in each of his recent contests

Progression Tire Flip [460-lb to ~1,000-lb]:

Jared flipped all six tires in a time of 65 seconds. I think this is steady forward progress for Jared who was unable to flip the 800-lb tire at the 2012 Motors and Muscles competition a week earlier, although it should be noted that the ground was wet during that contest.

550-lb Axle Deadlift:

Jared got 15 reps with the axle deadlift and I personally witnessed Jared deadlift 570-lb from the floor using a conventional bar/barbell. Jared is quickly achieving the pulling power necessary to compete in the Ontario Strongman competition with the best in the province.

Distance Medley

Jared was one of only two heavyweight competitors to complete the distance medley [along with eventual heavyweight winner Eric Brady] and he did it in the impressive time of 78s [the event allowed 120s to complete the full medley]. The difficulty in this medley was having the sandbag as the third of four events. Once the sandbag was dropped, it made it very difficult to pick it up again due to the awkwardness and malleability/shape of the sandbag. It wasn't something that could be gripped very easily and wasn't exactly light either, at 190-lb. Jared managed to complete this event and finish 2nd in an event against some very strong men.

210-lb Log Press:

Jared completed six reps with a 210-lb log and this was a major improvement for Jared from the 2012 Morden Strongman [Morden Mighty Man Challenge] where Jared was only able to complete one rep.

335-lb Atlas Stone Over 45" Bar:

Jared got one rep with the 335-lb stone which I felt was very impressive as it is a pretty massive stone and this event is very good experience for Jared for upper level contests in the province and being able to handle this weight over a 45" bar is a great start. Jared can only improve from here as he is only 23 years old and still relatively new to strongman and the various events.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ju9R9G54IPc



Jared Wick At The 2012 Dryden Amateur Strongman Competition. Jared Wick At The 2012 Dryden Amateur Strongman Competition.
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4th: James Alcock

James is a new competitor in strongman and his first contest was the 2012 Motors and Muscles contest the week prior in Thunder Bay. James is 6'2 and 350-lb and has some impressive lifts.

Progression Tire Flip [460-lb to ~1,000-lb]:

James flipped all six tires in a time of 44s which I found to be quite impressive. He placed 3rd in this event and a mere second made the difference between James placing third or tieing Ben for 2nd place.

550-lb Axle Deadlift:

James got nine reps with the axle dealift although if you watch the video below, you will see that he got many more reps than that but he did not lock each rep out and some reps were discounted. It is quite clear that James has a lot of power when it comes to the axle deadlift and he will simply need to focus on form to improve in this event. It is quite possible he could have won this event had he had better form although there is no saying for certain whether or not he would have been able to complete 16 reps to full lockout, but in any case, I think he will be at that point soon.

Distance Medley

James placed 3rd in the distance medley with a distance of 243.7". This was impressive for a difficult medley and I think it was the 240-lb per hand farmer's walk which made this event particularly difficult and considerably more difficult than the lightweight medley which had 200-lb per hand. James definitely has some power and speed and that was demonstrated during this event.

210-lb Log Press:

James got five reps with the 210-lb log and tied Eric Bilodeau for 4th place in this event. James is new to strongman and I am sure we will see his pressing strength rise sharply as he gains experience with the implements.

335-lb Atlas Stone Over 45" Bar:

Unfortunately, James was unable to complete any reps with the 335-lb stone at this contest although it should be noted that it is a very serious stone as it is one of the heaviest in any strongman contest and it wasn't long ago that this stone was about the middle stone [#3 of 5] in the World's Strongest Man competition. So there is no shame in James missing this stone and I am quite certain that he will be able to complete this stone in the future. James managed a 245-lb stone over a 58" bar in the 2012 Motors and Muscles contest and you can check out his event video here.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XHFRvOXW1cg



James Alcock At The 2012 Dryden Amateur Strongman Competition. James Alcock At The 2012 Dryden Amateur Strongman Competition.
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5th: Eric Bilodeau

Eric has been competing quite a lot lately and has been making steady improvements at each contest. As of this writing, Eric placed 3rd in the Dubreuilville amateur strongman competition [September 8th, 2012] and was invited to compete with the pros afterward.

Progression Tire Flip [460-lb to ~1,000-lb]:

Eric flipped five tires in 55s which was a good result in my opinion but only enough for 5th place due to the competitiveness of the heavyweight class. Eric did flip the 800-lb tire which he was unable to flip the week prior in Thunder Bay at the Motors and Muscles competition, but as stated above, the ground was wet during that contest as was the tire. You can check out Eric's 2012 Motors and Muscles video and take a look for yourself.

550-lb Axle Deadlift:

Eric got two reps with the 550-lb axle deadlift which I found to be impressive. It is always good to get at least one rep in any particular event because it gives everyone an impressive of how much strength a competitor has - 0 reps does not allow any such judgment to be made. Once again, despite an impressive effort, this was a tough lineup with a lot of competition for Eric.

Distance Medley

Eric completed the first two portions of the distance medley, that being the 240-lb per hand farmer's walk as well as the 235-lb wheel carry. However, he was too tired to complete the sandbag portion. I believe that had Eric completed the sandbag, the truck pull would have been no issue for him at all, but to get there, a competitor must finish the sandbag portion first and Eric was unable to do that. Still, a great effort in an exhausting and heavy medley.

210-lb Log Press:

Eric tied James Alcock for 4th place in the 210-lb log press event by getting five reps. That is impressive in my opinion and I am confident that Eric can soon get his pressing strength up to a level to compete in Ontario Strongman. To do so he will need a log press of around 280-lb+ which I think is attainable as I would guess he is already somewhere in the 230-250-lb range.

335-lb Atlas Stone Over 45" Bar:

Unfortunately, Eric was unable to complete any reps with the 335-lb stone at this contest but that is not a bad thing as the stone was very heavy and it would have been a massive personal record for Eric had he been able to do so. I am also quite certain that he will have no problem doing so in the future but it takes time and practice to move up to such a high level.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g4p65hUHvQc



Eric Bilodeau At The 2012 Dryden Amateur Strongman Competition. Eric Bilodeau At The 2012 Dryden Amateur Strongman Competition.
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Lightweight Division [<216-lb]:

The lightweight division comprised 10 very good competitors under 216-lb in body weight. It was the most competitive strongman shows that I ever competed in although I was the lightest competitor in the field at a body weight of 170-lb, if not slightly less.

1st: Joe Baxter

Joe Baxter from Dryden had just placed 6th at the Motors and Muscles contest in Thunder Bay the week prior and had posted some very impressive lifts. He went on to win this show against some very good competitors and I was impressed with the result.

Progression Tire Flip [460-lb to ~1,000-lb]:

Joe flipped all six tires at an incredible speed of only 39s. Not only was this enough to win the lightweight class but he was the second fastest in this event in the entire contest as only one heavyweight competitor [Eric Brady] beat him. For Joe to beat all of the competitors in his class and 4 of 5 heavyweight competitors is very impressive and it was a great start to the contest for him.

450-lb Axle Deadlift:

Joe got 21 reps with the axle deadlift which was very impressive to me. He was only surpassed in repetitions by one competitor, Kyle Ulvang, who eventually placed 4th. This was a very competitive event with a lot of good pullers and Dan Skaarup was behind Joe by one rep and one placing so all 21 reps were necessary for Joe to get 2nd place.

Distance Medley

Joe won the distance medley with a time of 67s. This was an impressive time in a very exhausting medley against some very good competitors.

160-lb Log Press:

Joe's tire was good at six reps and enough for a three-way tie for 4th place. Joe is clearly a stronger puller than he is a presser but it was still enough to secure him a decent placing in this event and I am sure that over time he will improve his pressing.

250-lb Atlas Stone Over 45" Bar:

Joe Baxter dominated this event with 10 reps and easily won the class. At a rate of one rep every six seconds that is quite impressive so I have to hand it to Joe for getting such a good time.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bouMHPApqgs



Joe Baxter At The 2012 Dryden Amateur Strongman Competition. Eric Bilodeau At The 2012 Dryden Amateur Strongman Competition.
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2nd: Dan Skaarup

This was Dan's third strongman contest this summer. He had a great performance in Thunder Bay's Strongest Man where he won the <200-lb division for the second year in a row. He competed in the very challenging Motors and Muscles contest the week before and placed 10th and did great in this contest by placing 2nd.

Progression Tire Flip [460-lb to ~1,000-lb]:

Dan flipped all six tires in a time of 62s making him 2nd in the lightweight category but 5th in the entire contest. This time would have actually put him 4th in the heavyweight class, ahead of Jared Wick and Eric Bilodeau so this was a very impressive performance by Dan, who weighs under 200-lb.

450-lb Axle Deadlift:

Dan reached a massive 20 reps in this event which was good enough for 3rd place and one point away from Joe Baxter who had 21 reps. This was a massive effort in a very competitive field with many very good deadlifters.

Distance Medley

Dan completed the entire medley in a time of 75s which was very impressive and as with the axle deadlift, it was good enough for 3rd place. Being consistent in the events is a great way to secure a top placing and Dan clearly demonstrated how rounded he was as a competitor at this point in the contest.

160-lb Log Press:

Dan completed a massive 11 reps in the log press which was enough for 1st place by three full reps. Dan really powered through his reps and has had a bench press of 420-lb before at a body weight of at or just under 200-lb which goes to show the type of pressing power Dan possesses and has posssessed in the past. His pressing strength is consistent with both his chest and his shoulders as seen here. This was another great finish for Dan.

250-lb Atlas Stone Over 45" Bar:

Dan tied for 4th place with Jordan Tizzard in the Atlas stone event with five reps over a 45" bar. Dan is very new to stones and had only done this movement two previous times, putting his experience at the same level as mine. So Dan was only really going by his accumulated strength to perform in this event and managed to do very well in a competitive lineup with some competitors, some of whom had more experience than Dan.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p6YVUte9UMU



Dan Skaarup At The 2012 Dryden Amateur Strongman Competition. Dan Skaarup At The 2012 Dryden Amateur Strongman Competition.
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3rd: Mike Marion

Mike Marion is a cancer survivor which made his performance all the more impressive.

Progression Tire Flip [460-lb to ~1,000-lb]:

Mike flipped all six tires in a time of 68s which was very impressive as his body weight was 200-lb. To flip a tire in the range of 900-1000-lb is quite the accomplishment in my view.

450-lb Axle Deadlift:

Mike got 13 reps in this event which was only good enough for 6th place in a very competitive event. Mike did a very good job but everyone in the contest was so good at deadlifting that it only got Mike 6th place.

Distance Medley

Mike got 4th place in the medley with a time of 77s. I think this was a good time and well within the time limit of 120s for the event. It was a very exhausting medley and Mike did great but it was a competitive medley as well and a lot of the times were tight - only ten seconds would have been the difference between Mike coming 4th in this event vs. coming 1st. That said, it is easier said than done to improve ten seconds in such a challening [and tiring] event.

160-lb Log Press:

Mike got eight reps in the log press which was good enough to tie for 2nd place with Jake Dipaolo. I don't think it was realistic for Mike to get 12 reps to beat Dan in this event, but eight reps was necessary to beat Kyle Ulvang so it is a good thing he got those eight reps to secure his 2nd place position. This was a good event for Mike.

250-lb Atlas Stone Over 45" Bar:

Mike got eight reps with the 250-lb stone which was enough for second place. Mike did very well at this event and I was impressed, especially considering the time limit was only 60s.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CgwJZYPZqe4



Mike Marion At The 2012 Dryden Amateur Strongman Competition. Mike Marion At The 2012 Dryden Amateur Strongman Competition.
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4th: Kyle Ulvang

Kyle is one of many competitors from Thunder Bay who made the trip to Dryden for the show and did very well.

Progression Tire Flip [460-lb to ~1,000-lb]:

Kyle flipped 5 of 6 tires and did it in a time of 66s. I was very impressed with Kyle's performance and I thought for sure that he would do far better than 7th place in this event but it just so happened that a lot of the other competitors were very good and were able to either complete all of the tires or do 5 of 6 in a faster time. Despite the placing, I felt that this was a very good event for Kyle.

450-lb Axle Deadlift:

This was really Kyle's event and helped significantly in giving Kyle his eventual 4th place finish in the entire contest. He did an astounding 23 reps which I felt was incredible, although I always knew Kyle to be a very good deadlifter so it wasn't a total surprise to me. A great event for Kyle, and surely it did a lot for his confidence going into the rest of the contest.

Distance Medley

Kyle went 190.3" with the distance medley, finishing with the sandbag. This put Kyle in 9th place in the event but it was due at least in part to Kyle having done a whopping 23 reps in the 450-lb axle deadlift in the previous event. Clearly such an effort would exhaust anyone and I have no doubt that that was the case with Kyle. Also, picking up the sandbag was extremely difficult to do as a result of the awkward shape and when Kyle dropped the sandbag once, it was impossible for him to restart in the time frame for the event. Otherwise, I do think he would have had the strength to complete the truck pull.

160-lb Log Press:

Kyle got an impressive seven reps in this event which was enough for 3rd place. Kyle has some very good pressing strength [although he has more pulling strength] and it came through in this event.

250-lb Atlas Stone Over 45" Bar:

Kyle got six reps in this event which was enough for 3rd place and another solid performance for him.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xDwrIW8QsOQ



Kyle Ulvang At The 2012 Dryden Amateur Strongman Competition. Kyle Ulvang At The 2012 Dryden Amateur Strongman Competition.
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5th: Jake Dipaolo

Jake Dipaolo is a new strongman competitor and traveled to Dryden from Thunder Bay for the contest.

Progression Tire Flip [460-lb to ~1,000-lb]:

Jake started off with a somewhat poor performance in the tire flip progression where he only managed to flip three tires but did it in a time of 13s. In all probability, Jake is most likely new to this particular event and either didn't want to hurt himself by not applying the correct form or did not know the correct form in the first place. Considering Jake has a deadlift of more than 315X20, I am confident that Jake will be able to flip all [or most] of the tires in this progression with just a little training in the technical aspects of the event.

450-lb Axle Deadlift:

Jake got a whopping 16 reps in the axle deadlift which amazingly was only good enough for 5th place. It just goes to show just how strong the competition was at this particular event that Jake could get so many reps and not win the whole thing.

Distance Medley

Jake placed 2nd in the distance medley with a time of 72s. It was a very impressive event for Jake and went to show how rounded Jake was as a competitor and clearly someone who is good at movement events. It was a tiring medley and challenging for everyone in the contest and for Jake to get 2nd was very impressive.

160-lb Log Press:

Jake tied for 2nd place with Mike Marion in this event with eight reps with the 160-lb log. This was a good demonstration of Jake's pressing strength and he will most likely only improve from here.

250-lb Atlas Stone Over 45" Bar:

Jake got four reps with the 250-lb Atlas stone which was impressive to me as I do not even know if he had any prior experience with the stones before this event. It was enough for Jake to tie for 5th place with Ben McNabb.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PjH_zhdTxQc



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6th: Ben McNabb

Ben McNabb is a competitor who I had not heard of before but was happy to meet him and he did quite well at the contest.

Progression Tire Flip [460-lb to ~1,000-lb]:

Ben flipped 5 of the 6 tires in a time of 35s. This was good and good enough for a placing of 5th place in this event and a good start to the contest for him.

450-lb Axle Deadlift:

Ben got an astounding 17 reps in this event and it was enough for 4th place for him. It is amazing that 17 reps @ 450-lb would only get him a 4th place finish but as I mentioned above, it was a very challenging event.

Distance Medley

Ben placed 5th in the distance medley and finished the course in 81s. That was about the time that I dropped the sandbag in and was unable to recover. For Ben to complete the entire medley in that time was very good and he placed quite well as a result.

160-lb Log Press:

Ben got four reps in the log press which was enough for him to tie for 5th place with Elton Wall. Ben has some good pressing strength but like some of the other competitors at this contest has more pulling strength than pressing. That may even out over time but in any case, this was a good effort from Ben and a decent result.

250-lb Atlas Stone Over 45" Bar:

Ben managed four reps just like in the log press which was once again good enough to tie for 5th place. I'm unsure what Ben's background is with stones but either way, another good effort and good result from Ben.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-kMq_w_nkLM



Ben McNabb At The 2012 Dryden Amateur Strongman Competition. Ben McNabb At The 2012 Dryden Amateur Strongman Competition.
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7th: Jordan Tizzard

Jordan Tizzard is another competitor who I had not heard about or met before the contest but he was a welcome addition to the show.

Progression Tire Flip [460-lb to ~1,000-lb]:

Jordan got 5 of 6 tires in a time of 64s. This was a good result for Jordan and enough to secure him the 6th place spot. There were a lot of good competitors in this contest so it took this excellent time for Jordan to only get 6th place when it could have been a much higher placing if the lineup was not as strong. Either way, a good job.

450-lb Axle Deadlift:

Jordan got six reps which to me was a good lift @ 450-lb but it just so happened that the rest of the competition was very strong and six reps was only good enough for 8th place.

Distance Medley

Jordan finished the medley in a time of 106s which was good but against a tough class, this was only good enough for 7th place. It was a massive medley with four events and to complete it all within the time limit of 120s was great, it just so happened that six other competitors in the contest were able to complete the medley faster.

160-lb Log Press:

Jordan got six reps which tied him for 4th place in the log press. This was very good pressing strength from Jordan and he seems to be one of the few competitors who has better pressing strength than pulling strength and that helped him in this event.

250-lb Atlas Stone Over 45" Bar:

Jordan got five reps with the 250-lb stone and that was a good result for him and got him a 4th place finish in this event. That is a rate of one rep every 12 seconds which I think is pretty fast.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XdNUAQQlrYE



Jordan Tizzard At The 2012 Dryden Amateur Strongman Competition. Jordan Tizzard At The 2012 Dryden Amateur Strongman Competition.
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8th: Elton Wall

Elton Wall is another competitor from Dryden who impressed me in the tire flip and has potential in strongman competitions in the future, should he wish to continue to compete.

Progression Tire Flip [460-lb to ~1,000-lb]:

Elton flipped all six tires and did it just within the time limit of the contest of two minutes [120s]. This was very good and it impressed me because I didn't expect very many lightweight competitors to flip all six tires and in fact only four competitors did, with Elton being the fourth.

450-lb Axle Deadlift:

Elton got 12 reps with the 450-lb axle which was very good but only enough for him to finish 7th in this event as there were so many good deadlifters in this event.

Distance Medley

Elton finished the distance medley in 97s which got him 6th place in this event. This was a tiring medley for me and I'm sure a lot of the other competitors felt the same way. For Elton to finish it was a great effort.

160-lb Log Press:

Elton got four reps which tied him for 5th place with Ben McNabb in this event. Elton's pushing and pulling strength seem to be about even which is a good starting place as everything seems to be pretty balanced.

250-lb Atlas Stone Over 45" Bar:

Elton got two reps with the 250-lb Atlas stone which got him a 6th place finish in the event. I am unsure what Elton's background is with stones but I find them to be very awkward so I was impressed with him to get this far.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h3nVa9BTh8g



Elton Wall At The 2012 Dryden Amateur Strongman Competition. Elton Wall At The 2012 Dryden Amateur Strongman Competition.
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9th: Matt Canning

Making an evaluation for myself is something that I think I can do pretty well. I think that I can be objective and evaluate my strengths and weaknesses. I do think that this will be my final strongman contest aside from the annual Thunder Bay's Strongest Man competition because I think stronman is something that you should commit a full effort to because the implements are not only heavy, but awkward. As a result, I think attention to detail is crucial as anything less can be unsafe. I should also note that I was the lightest competitor by far in the contest at a body weight of 170-lb. The second lightest competitor was at 190-lb and I only weighed in at 170-lb on a full stomach. Another simple fact of the matter is that I will have to put on more size if I expect to do well in strongman contests.

Progression Tire Flip [460-lb to ~1,000-lb]:

I managed to flip 4 of 6 tires in a time of 32s although I think I could have done it faster although it would not have mattered as it would not have affected my placing. I have flipped a 750-lb tire before for two reps as you can see in my tire flip video and I honestly think that I could have finished the #5 tire which weighed 800-lb but I did not want to risk an injury and sort of quit even though I did manage to budge it. I don't think strongman contests are the time or the place to be learning the actual strongman events and I have a tendency to do that. It is definitely something that can cause an injury which is why I most likely will not be competing again unless I can get more experience with the various implements.

450-lb Axle Deadlift:

I only managed 5@450-lb for the axle deadlift although I have not deadlifted very seriously for quite some time. I did a one rep max of 475 in November as you can see in my video and in 2010 I was quite a decent deadlifter over a variety of rep ranges but I have been not taking it as seriously as I once did and things have not been the same since. With that said, I can still deadlift 315-lb for at least 15 reps and actually got it for 17 reps at last attempt which was within the past couple of months. I think that I should be able to get up to a 500-lb deadlift even though it will take some time, but getting back into it should make my gains come back slowly but surely. I think I could have had seven reps with the axle deadlift had I paid more attention to form, but unfortunately, it was a bit of a surprise to my central nervous system to deadlift, especially on an axle which I had never done before.

Distance Medley

The distance medley was a massive effort for me and I was new to each of the implements in the medley. I did the farmer's walk properly but picked up the 190-lb wheel with horrid form and that consumed a lot of energy for me. Then when I went on to the sandbag, I picked it up too low which made every step that much more difficult. It slipped out of my hands just about at the end of of the 80-ft but I did not have the energy to pick it up again, largely due to the fact that the sandbag is awkward to pick up. I could have picked up the wheel again but I think having the sandbag as the #3 event in the medley is precisely because it is difficult to pick up in the case of a drop.

160-lb Log Press:

I was very pleased with the six reps that I got with the 160-lb log and had more left in me but could only get the six reps in the one minute time frame for the event. I think if I had gone a little faster, I could have gotten two more reps but the rules for the contest said that each rep had to be strict and I did each rep strictly while other competitors really powered through their reps. Had I done that, I think eight reps would have been more realistic for me, and I would have tied for 2nd place. But even if that did happen, it would not have changed my overall placing.

250-lb Atlas Stone Over 45" Bar:

I only managed one rep with the atlas stone although I am very new to stones in general. I had only performed the stones two other times and only once with the tacky glue that is allowed. This was the first time that I had used hockey tape as well which is to me, a huge advantage. I didn't want to complain about the marks the stones leave on your forearms, thinking people would just respond by saying "suck it up", but in truth, I do not want to perform an event or exercise that is going to leave my body cut up for a week or two. Hockey tape protects from exactly that and I only wish that I had known about it sooner. I think I could have managed three reps had I had more experience with the event as it was not strength preventing me from getting three reps, but experience with the lift.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Np2O3-TSCgs



Matt Canning At The 2012 Dryden Amateur Strongman Competition. Matt Canning At The 2012 Dryden Amateur Strongman Competition.
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10th: Peter McKeawn

I was happy to see Peter McKeawn at the contest and he is an inspiration to the over 40 competitors. He had some great events and I think did very well in a tough lineup.

Progression Tire Flip [460-lb to ~1,000-lb]:

Peter flipped 4 of 6 tires which I found to be very impressive. He flipped the four tires in a time of 41s so only nine seconds separated him from me and it was a very solid effort from Peter.

450-lb Axle Deadlift:

Peter was unable to get a rep with the 450-lb axle but I think he would have been able to had the weight been lowered slightly. It did not seem monstrously out of range, but still a touch too heavy for Peter.

Distance Medley

Peter started the medley off with a blast and finished the 200-lb per hand farmer's walk with no problems at all. The wheel was similarly straightforward for Peter and looked like it posed him no major challenge. Things started to get difficult for Peter at the time of the sandbag but he still managed to get 182" with it and he finished in 9th place in a very exhausting event.

160-lb Log Press:

Peter did complete a rep with the 160-lb log but the judge did not the rep because he did not adjust his feet positioning during the lockout and lowered the weight before the judges orders. Rules aside, it was a good lift in terms of demonstrating the approximate pressing strength that Peter has. Had he been more careful to pay attention to the rules he would have completed the rep and a 160-lb log is quite impressive for any age.

250-lb Atlas Stone Over 45" Bar:

Peter was unable to complete any reps with the 250-lb Atlas stone but I think with some practice with this very odd event he could do it. I was very impressed with Peter at this contest and I'm sure more time and experience will serve him well should he wish to pursue strongman.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=REWg4-gaYUA



Peter McKeawn At The 2012 Dryden Amateur Strongman Competition. Peter McKeawn At The 2012 Dryden Amateur Strongman Competition.
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