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Athlete Journal, Entry 40 - Tactical Strength Challenge


A change of pace is coming up. I’ve decided to compete at the end of April in an event called the Tactical Strength Challenge. This is an international event held once per year.


The Tactical Strength Challenge (TSC) is a strength competition consisting of three events:


  • A three-attempt powerlifting deadlift
  • Pullups for max reps
  • Kettlebell snatches for max reps in a 5:00 time period


The winner is determined by the combined score in the three events, based on percentages of the TSC References Scores.The highest combined score wins. In the event of a deadlift tie, the lighter competitor places higher. In the event of a pullup tie, the heavier competitor places higher. In the event of a snatch tie, the tie stands. In the event of an overall tie (two or more lifters get same combined score), the tie stands.


After the TSC event I will be doing my first competition of the year on June 8th in Seattle WA at a charity meet held by Justin Randal.


In addition to the change in focus for the TSC meet I have also decided that I am going to spend some time bulking. I didn’t get as lean as I had hoped but regardless I can tell its time for me to being upping my calories.



Floor Press



225 x5


335 x2







Grappler Shoulder Press



Sled Side & Front Delt Raises

5 sets each



Ran into the gym at lunch


24kg Kettlebell Snatch Test (2nd time ever doing them)

100 reps in 4:30. Felt pretty easy so I pumped out another 30 in :60 to see how that pace felt.


Turkish Getup

24kg x 20



Fasted AM before work. I missed Wednesday evening due to a very busy schedule.



Warmup then



765x0 - My left hand had opened up and was bleeding all over so it was shutting me down.


GHR (#2 and set close)

101 reps over 4-5 sets



Fasted AM


32kg Snatch Test

85 in 5:00



Weighted - 10,10

Bodyweight - 12,12,12,12,12,10,10


1-arm Dumbbell Row



Sled Lat Rows

150chain/arm x 3 sets


Kettlebell Face Pull


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