Jimboomba based strongman Ben Harrison is training hard ahead of the Gold Coast Strongman and Women competition on April 3.
Harrison will compete in the under 90kg class in the competition which is based on a number of different strongman events including the axel lift where his personal best is 220 kg and the farmers walk which requires competitors to walk a distance carrying a set amount of weight.
Harrison is currently training hard in preparation for the event.
“I train five days a week, three strength training days and two event training days so training the event specific exercises,” he said.
“We’ve got a max axle overheard press, axle deadlift for reps, which is basically a thicker bar, axle wheels with reps, farmers walks basically walking with weights beside me for a maximum distance with no drops allowed and its basically who ever gets the furthest, a viking press which is basically another form of a shoulder press and atlas stones which are basically the big round concrete cement balls.”
The personal trainer and strength and condition coach who owns Build Your Physique gym in Jimbooma is one of four local competitors who will look to get among the top placings at the competition including Richard Gerling, Cody Keys and Ashley Penny.
Harrison said he was confident of a good showing from his fellow locals.
“Three competitors from my gym that are going to be doing it, they’ve only been competing for a couple months, this is their third competition,” he said.
“They should go really well, Ash is pretty well known in the competitive scene and at the last comp Richard actually placed fourth so there is a tonne of potential in them, they’re all very very strong.”
Harrison said his aim with competitive strongman is to keep getting better with the ultimate aim of competing at the Gold Coast event as a springboard to bigger events.
“I’ve done about four or five, I started competing in August last year, every comp I’m improving and improving,” he said.
“It’s more the title, in winning that you qualify for another one which is a new strongman federation which has just started the strongman alliance, then you’re pretty close to qualifying for the Arnold classic which is the next biggest strongman event there is.
“That’s all around the world they just had the Arnold classic in Ohio in America and next wekeend is the Melbourne show.”
Following April’s contest, Harrison said he has plans to compete at a local competition before hosting his own in Jimboomba.
“The next one is the stone of strength, the ISF (international strongman federation) one, that’s actually at the Veresdale Hotel in Woodhill on the 21st of May, that’s the next one I’ll be doing then after that I am hoping to run another comp out of here, it will be the first comp I want to do so I want to have the gym 100 per cent set up and ready to go and then hopefully run a another comp mid June July type period.
Harrison can be contacted for personal training and strength and conditioning coaching on 0411 603 615.
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