Tuesday, 14 December 2021
Strongman Training
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Here’s a little birthday rant for ya and it goes something like this…

To all of the “Strength and Conditioning Coaches” I see posting on social media or that I hear about from the athletes that I work with… 

If you want to add Strongman Training or Strongman Conditioning Circuits into your athlete’s training programs that’s great BUT at least understand what it is you’re adding and how to do it safely and effectively. 

Here’s an idea instead of just copying shit…. learn to use them by asking someone that actually does it. The 

Trust me there’s more goes to it than you think… selection of exercises, weight of implement, time limits, technique and so much more.   Take the time to learn before someone gets injured and you blame the exercise instead of blaming YOURSELF!! 

I took the time to learn from and train with the very best in the world before I ever had an athlete do any strongman training.  

I’m not exaggerating on this and here’s a little taste of the action…. I was at Sorinex Summer Strong and Bert has the original stones from strongman with the MacGlashen Stones and I was taught to lift the stones by World’s Strongest Man competitor Dave Ostlund and a few years later I was outside lifting the #2 stone and a voice asked me if I’d like him to show me some ways to lift the stones and I turn around and standing there is non other than one of the greatest strongmen / powerlifters in history Bill “Kaz” Kazmaier.  Still at Sorinex Richard Sorin the ‘Grip King’ worked with me on grip training…. I couldn’t grab my fork or my manhood to pee for days my hands and forearms were so sore and fatigued.  Again more information that you think when it comes to something like Strongman Training. 

Back at my gym back in Houston Travis Ortmayer would come in to train and invited me to train with him at my place as well as his storage shed where I learned more stone lifting, log clean and press, farmers carry, yoke walk and much more.  I’ve listened to and trained with other Worlds Strongest Man competitors as well AND the people that coach them!!!  

Here’s another and a biggie too …. Dr Terry Todd who as a kid I watched talk on the late 70’s version of Worlds Strongest Man back on CBS and of course his book Inside Powerlifting but that’s an entire other story so back to my rant, I visited with Terry and his wonderful wife Jan at The University of Texas where they were professors and Terry explained in great detail how to choose exercises and everything that went with that but down to the scientific reasoning…. Bet your ass you didn’t expect that shit!!!!   Yeah a lot goes into this….. more than you think!!!   

The biggest impact on my was actually training and competing in Strongman contests!!!  Back when I was a kid and it was on CBS I’d head outside and try my best to recreate the events, later when I was in the Army and stationed in Germany this type of training was all we had to do at times.  Fast forward to competing in Scotland doing a Highlander Challenge (a combination of Heavy Athletics and Strongman) but in 1997 Bill Holland started an amateur strongman competition in a field in Azle Texas I went on to compete for 5 years before concentrating on the Scottish Highland Games.  

There’s more to the story and it’ll continue in a later blog…

Old Man Rant Over!!! ? 

(actually this has been brewing inside of me for a long ass time probably around 2006, I don’t know how I kept it bottled up inside me!!) 

#oldstrongguysrule #3xlstout #powersportstrengthconditioning #tight5performance

 

Play Hard...Train Harder...NO EXCUSES

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Posted on 12/14/2021 10:25 PM by Ed Cosner
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Monday, 13 December 2021
Man in the Mirror
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Sitting here on the eve of my 60th birthday looking in the mirror wondering just who the fuck is looking back at me?  I don’t seem to recognize this person staring back at me…. He’s older than he used to be with more gray hair in the goatee and an age line or two by his eyes and a lot more scars on the body and spirit.  

Just who is this person looking back at me?   

Looking back at my journey especially over this past decade, I may not be where I expected to be nor where I wanted to be and like many others I have made some critical mistakes but I’m trying not to beat myself up over them.  I look at my dream board that I haven’t updated because I have been too busy helping others achieve their dreams that it seems I have left no energy for my own dreams.  What a decade its been!!  It’s definitely been tough but the past couple years have truly tested my resolve but while I may stumble I will never ever quit. 

To be honest I’m a little embarrassed at this because it’s something that’s never happened before to me. I’ve always taken care of my own dreams and goals while of course working to help others to achieve their goals and dreams. 

Several years ago I heard NFL Football Player and Coaching Legend Mike Ditka read a poem on an inspirational video that resonated with me.  

 

The Man In The Mirror 
By Dale Wimbrow 

When you get what you want in your struggle for pelf,

And the world makes you king for a day,

Then go to the mirror and look at yourself,

And see what that man has to say.

For it isn’t a man’s father, mother or wife,

Whose judgement upon him must pass,

The fellow whose verdict counts most in life,

Is the man staring back from the glass.

He’s the fellow to please, never mind all the rest,

For he’s with you clear to the end,

And you’ve passed your most dangerous, difficult test,

If the man in the glass is your friend.

You can fool the whole world down the pathway of years,

And get pats on the back as you pass,

But the final reward will be heartache and tears,

If you’ve cheated the man in the glass.


Yes, I recognize the man in the mirror looking back at me and while I may not happy with him right now I do love him and I do trust that he will right the proverbial ship and achieve my goals and dreams and make the most out of what’s left of my time here on earth. I know that I haven’t cheated the man looking back at me and that man looking back at me is my friend. 

Over the course of the next blogs I’m going to share more of the journey over this decade of 50 I’m leaving so share the struggles and triumphs as I work towards my goals and more. This will keep me accountable but putting it all out there in the universe for everyone to see. 

 

A dream written down with a date becomes a goal. 

A goal broken down into steps becomes a plan. 

A plan backed by actions makes your dreams come true. 

 

Play Hard…Train Harder…NO EXCUSES

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Posted on 12/13/2021 10:59 PM by ed
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