Dave Liepman describes what it takes to compete in strong man competitions and how he got into it.
In this podcast (download iPod compatible, 38MB), Dave Liepman gives us an introduction to how he performs in strong man events. This podcast kicks off a short series on the mechanics of performing in strong man competitions. We'll see Dave perform the tire flip and a keg carry in later episodes.
Dave has been performing in strong man competitions since he was 20 and saw an advertisement for one at the gym where he was working out. He then had a layoff of 7 years and decided to compete again when he saw that they had a weight class that fit his size (200 lbs. and under). When I asked him what initially piqued his interest, he mentioned how, growing up on a farm, he had always wanted to perform feats of strength.
For me, the key takeaway from this conversation was the amount of strategizing that goes into the strong man competition. As Dave points out, it's not just brute force. That will only get you so far. To lift really heavy weights, you have to understand your body's leverage points and how to capitalize on them. To get a good sense of how he can best use these leverage points, Dave attempts to train with the competition implements themselves (kegs, tires, etc.)