I recently had the honor to train with Sarah Al-Khayyal, a 72kg USAPL Jr. Powerlifter and Middle Weight StrongWoman Athlete. Sarah recently qualified for Nationals in 2016 for both United States Strongman (USS) and North American Strongman (NAS) competitions in her first ever competition season. Make sure you check out our videos on some of the classic Strongman implements: Log Press, Atlas Stones, and Farmer carry on the Megsquats YouTube Channel.
By the nature of the name StrongMan, some women would be surprised that the sport is extremely welcome to newbies looking to get a little stronger and have some fun while doing it.
1. Change your body... or just love what you have even more
The women of the sport come in ALL shapes and sizes. Different weight classes make competitions friendly and fair to someone short+small to tall+muscular and everything in-between. When you watch some of the pros, don't be surprised by the confident women pushing themselves to the limits of their bodies.
2. Do something cool with your life
There is nothing more satisfying than conquering the seemingly unconquerable. Do you really want to be stuck inside a gym on a beautiful Saturday morning? Also, let's be honest... the Instagram pictures alone are worth a training session.
3. Acquire functional strength
Crossfit might claim to be the epitome of 'functional fitness' but you're more likely to run into a situation where you need to move something awkward up a few flights of stairs, rather than need to complete 25 kipping pull-ups for time. Strongman events include pushing, pulling, bending twisting and walking with something heavy, usually over a long distance. Just like moving day, but much more badass.
4. Give yourself a break from the barbell
Whenever I get burnt out from the Big 3 (squat, bench, deadlift), I look for a way to switch up my programming, while still lifting something heavy. Doing something as small as playing with a log press or axle instead of a barbell for a few weeks has helped me get excited about something new in my training. If you're lucky enough to deadlift a car or pull a truck for your training session, it might give you a nice refresher for when you need to get more specific. When you're in the off-season and in a general preparation phase, traditional strongman movements are great for gaining overall strength and muscle.
5. Have FUN.
Why look for a way to pass the time during cardio, when you can truly challenge your strength with a team of other badasses? There are tons of resources to find women who are meeting on Strong (Wo)Man Saturdays to have some fun and help one another get stronger.
Check out some of the videos on the Megsquats YouTube Channel to learn more about StrongMan training: