Zach Gallmann is a national level strongman competitor and powerlifter. He attended OSU after serving in the US Army as a Medical Specialist with the 82nd Airborne Division. Under the mentorship of JL Holdsworth at The Spot Athletics, he learned the finer points of coaching and programming. Since leaving The Spot Athletics, he has gone on to create his own video series, Finding Strength, which showcases strength athletes from all disciplines, all over the world. Now, after a two-year hiatus, he is making his return to strongman as a 105kg competitor.
Since most units don’t really allow for rest days other than the weekend, I’m looking for the biggest-bang-for-my-buck exercises that I could be able to fit into a morning training session. Also, I’m working based on the assumption that Fridays are company/battery runs.
You see it all of the time. That one person in strongman training who posts the same lifting videos on social media every day—oh, look, he’s deadlifting again. Sure, he is an amazing deadlifter, but unfortunately for him, the sport isn’t called “being a good deadlifter.”
I may come across as accusatory or cynical in this article, but it’s because this sport means so much to me and I’ve spent thousands of dollars and hours trying to grow it for the good of everyone involved. If we want it to be bigger and better, there are some things we need to do.
You may never do this lift in competition, but training the sumo deadlift can add tons of strength to your conventional deadlift, carrying events, and overhead strength while relieving stress on your back.
You’re going to be tired, you’re going to lose motivation, and you’re going to feel yourself going backward sometimes. That's why it's important to develop these skills and plan for the difficult times.
I had no idea how prolific Derek Poundstone was and would become in the strongman world. Now that he has stepped out of the spotlight, he sat down with me to talk about the sport of strongman and his life.
Ken Stewart's facility is loaded with almost an entire football field of turf, a room dedicated to weightlifting, strongman implements, and tons of other equipment needed to make the best possible athlete.
Located in Lorraine, Ohio, this facility is definitely top notch with more equipment than you can dream of! Past professional Highland Games athlete Mark Valenti is doing things right by providing an outlet for all strength disciplines.