This past weekend we had the club’s inaugural twice yearly strongman/woman contest. 8 members (4 female and 4 male) who have been with the club for varying degrees of time showed up in anticipation of winning the prestigious title of Bristol Kettlebell clubs strongest man or woman.
This was the line up :-
The contest is a test of static strength with classic lifts such as the deadlift, overhead press and squat, but also has events that test our athletes overall conditioning such as the medley, sled pull and farmers walk.
There were 6 events of which details are below.
- Deadlift – As many reps as possible inside 90 seconds – Men use – 2x32kg and Ladies – 2x24kg
- Military press – As many reps as possible inside 90 seconds – Men use 2x20kg and Ladies 2x12kg
- Front Squat – As many reps as possible inside 90 seconds – Men use 2x24kg and Ladies 2x16kg
- Kettlebell sled drag – Pull the loaded sled over a distance of 25 metres in the quickest time – Men pull 76kg and Ladies pull 52kg
- Kettlebell Medley – Move 3 heavy bells from bottom to top of a hill in the quickest time – Men 3 x 28g and Ladies 3 x 20kg
- Farmers walk – Furthest distance covered in 2 mins wins – Men 2x32kg and Ladies 2x24kg
Winning an event gets you 10 points, second place – 9 points, 3rd place – 8 points and 4th place gets 7 points. In the case of a tie the points are shared.
Here are the results at the end of each event.
Winner – Huw with 57 reps
Conway – 50 reps
John – 48 reps
Paul – 38 reps
Winner – Sam with 34 reps
Annie – 31 reps
Julie – 29 reps
Glynis – 25 reps
Winner – Huw with 25 reps
Conway – 23 reps
Paul – 15 reps
John – 14 reps
Winner – Sam with 17 reps
Annie – 11 reps
Julie – 7 reps
Glynis – Forfeited
Winner – Huw/Conway (tie) 22 reps
Paul – 17 reps
John – 16 reps
Winner – Sam with 30 reps
Annie/Julie (tie) – 15 reps
Glynis – 10 reps
Winner – Paul with a time of 30.18 seconds
John Burns – 30.22
Conway – 30.55
Huw – 43.03
Winner – Sam with a time of 28 seconds
Annie – 51.04
Glynis – 56.00
Julie – 107.42
Winner – John with a time of 43 seconds
Huw – 44.85
Conway – 46.23
Paul – 47.30
Winner – Sam with a time of 43 seconds
Annie – 50.42
Julie – 53.85
Glynis – 55.35
Winner – Conway completed 10 lengths in the 2 min time frame
John – Just short of 10 lengths in the allotted time.
Huw – 6.5 lengths
Paul – 6 lengths
Winner – Sam completed 9 and 3/4 lengths in 2 mins
Glynis – 8 lengths
Annie – 6.5 lengths
Julie – 5 lengths
The contest had events that none of the athletes had tried before so the element of surprise was always there.
Also some of the athletes had not even lifted this much weight in training so there was a lot of uncertainty going in. However they all stepped up to the mark and performed brilliantly. At the end of the contest this is how the points went down.
Huw davey and Conway Leamen tied for first place so a tiebreaker event was held to decide the winner. The event was the iron cross which involves holding kettlebells on the end of your arms but in a cross position so the arms are at right angles to the body. Huw Davey managed to hold on 15 seconds longer than Conway so in the end the title went to Huw with an over all score of 55 points. Well done Huw!!
So 2nd place went to Conway Leamen with 54 points
In 3rd place was John Burns with 51 points
Landing in 4th place was Paul Doddrell with 48 points
A fantastic effort from the men and a very close contest which could have gone to any of them given the conditions on the day. (There was a hail storm half way through). I hope they will all be back in September to once again fight for the title of Bristol Kettlebell clubs strongest man.
The winner of the ladies was Sam Murray who cleaned up winning every event, therefore a maximum total of 60 points. Well done Sam!!
2nd place went to Annie Smith who totaled 53 points
And landing in 3rd place was Julie Haydon with a total of 47 points
Fourth place went to Glynis Moss who totaled 39 points
I am very proud of the ladies, they have shown and continue to show that you can indeed lift heavy stuff and not get bulky muscle, which is a common myth that still seems to prevail. They all stepped up to the plate and over delivered on their own expectations and mine. Guys watch out, it won’t be long and they will be kicking your asses all over the place! 🙂
There were a few members who could not attend for the event, Sarah Stribling, Trineta Watson Tripp, Ali Cape, Vikki Hill, Linda McEntee, Agneta Forsberg and Claire Wilson would have been contenders, likewise in the mens division, John Evans, Graham Duncan, Robert Healy, Dave Thompson, Ian Coop, John Bassi, and Chris Coles could all have made it a very different story. Maybe in September eh peeps??!!
Here are a few more pictures from the day.
If you would like to get involved with the club click here and get signed up to the intro class.