WHAT ARE YOU TRAINING FOR?
The old saying goes, “If you don’t know where you’re going, any road will get you there.” Training is no different. If you lack a specific goal, the time you spend training may easily become a collection of random acts.
The StrongFirst Tactical Strength Challenge is a goal worthy of your efforts.
WHAT ARE THE LIFTS?
The three exercises that make up the Tactical Strength Challenge are:
1 rep maximum deadlift (three attempts).
Pull ups for max reps (palms forward, no kipping, neck must touch the bar) or a flexed arm hang (in the Novice Women’s category)
Kettlebell snatches for max reps in a 5:00 time period (unlimited hand switches and different weights for different competitor categories).
HOW TO PREPARE
Preparing requires your focus on different types of strength and endurance—as demanded by real life’s challenges. Each event can favor a different body type, athletic ability, or experience level. Regardless of which category you fall in, you will need to be “strong” to succeed.
Our “Team Strength” program encompasses the deadlift and the pull-up progressions needed to maximize your TSC preparation progress. The “Advanced Kettlebell Academy” class program dials in the development of the snatch and how it progresses from the swing and high pull. In addition, we will be adding a TSC specific class (date/time TBD) that will help narrow down your focus and technique on these 3 lifts as well as offer an self administered training program for those wishing to practice independently to maximize their progress.
We advise a minimum of 12 weeks to best prepare for this event. Consisting of skill, accumulation and strength phases a program should give you enough time to adjust to the rigors of its nuances as well as get you stronger.
Like with any goal setting/training you will need consistency and frequency to make the gains stick. 12 weeks is not a long time relatively speaking, dialing in on the specifics of your training, nutrition and recovery is key. Plan the work, work the plan and trust the process.
Deadlifts, snatches, and pull-ups obviously...swings, get-up, squats, rows and carries to support strength and balance.