Lifting heavy is pretty cool. Lifting heavy implements that are not the barbell might be even cooler. It definitely makes for a great Instagram pic or video. Strongman implements are becoming more common in the world of CrossFit. While they make look simple, events like the Atlas Stone or the log/axle clean & press, are highly technical and require a high level of competency from both athlete and coach perspective. With that comes the need for qualified instruction.
Unfortunately, such instruction in local CrossFit boxes is extremely limited. The small number of coaches that actually have elite level experience in the sport of strongman and are able to coach the lifts effectively to their athletes are few and far in between. Luckily for us, our good friend Mark Valenti, owner and coach at Blind Dog Gym with over 20 years on the Strongman and Highland Games circuit and a few world records to his name, is here to save us from ripping our biceps and educate us on arguably the most widely integrated event in CrossFit, the Atlas Stones.
Key through the lift is to move the stone in as straight a line as possible. Remind anyone of anything?
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