Strongman: Cycle 5, Week 12
Week 12 Day 1
- Back squat: Work up to 1RM for 1 set
- Push press: Work up to 6RM for 3 sets across
- Deadlift: Work up to 2RM for 1 sets across
Back squat should be taken up to a comfortable max.
Push press should be efficient, and fast. Work up to a comfortable weight for three sets across.
Deadlift should be the heaviest double for the day. Work up to a weight that allows you to keep speed on the bar and good form consistent throughout.
Week 12 Day 2
Week 12 Day 3: Event Day
If you haven’t got particular events planned, perform the following:
- Axle or log: As many clean and press as possible in 75 seconds.
- Truck Pull: 20m for time
- Keg throw for height: 6 keg throws for time.
Plus one of these two events:
- Loading: As many reps as possible in 60 seconds
- Deadlift: As many reps as possible in 60 seconds
And one of these two events:
- Farmers walk: Maximum distance in 60 seconds
- Yoke walk: 15m for time
Truck Pull should be performed for time with a 75 second time cap.
Keg throws should be performed with the same weight keg (medium-heavy)
Loading should be performed with the same weight object (medium-heavy)
Deadlift should be performed with or without straps with around 80% of your 1RM
Farmer's walk should be performed with around 70% of your heaviest farmers walk.
Yoke walk should be performed at around 80% of your heaviest yoke walk.
Welcome to the fifth cycle of Strongman workouts. Before we get started, let me answer some basic questions.
Who is this program intended for?
This strongman program is intended for:
- Those who want to get stronger
- Those who want to get ready for a strongman competition
- Those who want a general strength training program which includes strongman
Why should I train strongman?
Whether you are looking for explosive strength, the ability to lift heavy for multiple reps, or to increase your max lifts, strongman is a fun and effective way to do so. If you are looking for improvements across all three, there is no better alternative. Here are 33 more reasons to train strongman, and what strongman training can teach us about getting strong.
When are the workouts?
The workouts are released every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. However, that doesn’t mean you have to do them on those exact days. My only recommendation is that whenever you start this program, you start from week one, as opposed to jumping in mid-way through the cycle. The programming is progressive and starting from the beginning will ensure the safest and most effective advancement.
What equipment do I need?
The Tuesday and Thursday sessions are purposefully constructed so that you can do them in any respectable gym. No strongman equipment is required on these days.
On the Saturday, you will be doing event training. Ideally, you will have access to some basic strongman equipment for this. The more relevant equipment you have access to, the more you will get out of the program. Otherwise, take a look at these gym-based alternatives.
Where can I find more information and ask questions?
Each day will include notes along with the exercises. These should provide you with all the information you need to get going with this program. Also take a look at my strongman series, for an explanation of strongman events split down by equipment. If you have any further questions, please ask them on the Breaking Muscle forum, and I will get back to you as soon as possible with an answer.