Its that time of the year to truly test your strength and fitness! The Tactical Strength Challenge is a competition consisting of three events: a three-attempt powerlifting deadlift, kettlebell snatches for max reps in a 5:00 time period and pullups for max reps. These three events test a unique trade-off between these abilities, and while larger participants may have an advantage in the deadlift, lighter participants have an advantage in pullups, and the kettlebell snatch tests all participants equally.
Where and who can Compete?
Our gym, Critical Mass Training Systems is an pre-approved testing facility for the event, which will be held on October 27th! Critical Mass staff along with members will be competing for the chance to make the leader board. This is a world event and results will be posted online. There will be three divisions being tested. If you want to see where how you would compete check out below.
Event Details By Division
Women’s Novice – A max deadlift, flexed arm hang, and snatches with a 12kg kettlebell
Women’s Novice (16kg KB) – A max deadlift, flexed arm hang, and snatches with a 16kg kettlebell
Women’s Open – A max deadlift, bodyweight pullups, and snatches with a 16kg kettlebell
Women’s Open (12kg KB) – A max deadlift, bodyweight pullups, and snatches with a 12kg kettlebell
Women’s Elite – A max deadlift, pullups with 5kg of added weight (11 lbs), and snatches with a 20kg kettlebell
Women’s Masters (ages 50 and older) – A max deadlift, bodyweight pullups, and snatches with a 12kg kettlebell
Men’s Novice – A max deadlift, bodyweight pullups, and snatches with a 20kg kettlebell
Men’s Open – A max deadlift, bodyweight pullups, and snatches with a 24kg kettlebell
Men’s Elite – A max deadlift, pullups with 10kg of added weight (22 lbs), and snatches with a 32kg kettlebell
Men’s Masters (ages 50 and older) – A max deadlift, bodyweight pullups, and snatches with a 20kg kettlebell
For further details on the events go to the Strongfirst website here.
Nicole Totland had a career best tournament this weekend in Jacksonville Florida… she has been kicking some serious ass! Check out her stats: Nicole’s Statistics
The NCAA T&F Division I Championships and the New Balance High School T&F Championships were held this past weekend. Here are the results:
Emerging Elite Division:
- Dan Feidler of Manalapn HS finished 4th
- Brendan Loftus of Red Bank Regional Fouled out (he had some very impressive fouls)
- Nick Morse of Christian Brothers Academy Fouled out (he also had some impressive fouls)
All in all the Emerging Elite was ok. Dan did well and had a bigger foul throw so we know he has more in the tank! Brendan dropped bombs but couldn’t hold them in. A correction on his competition approach will have to be worked on. Brendan likes to get amped up which, yes, you need to be excited when throwing but you also need to be patient and let the technique work. He is still ranked the NJ #1 Junior! We have much more to accomplish! Nick Morse threw well but just couldn’t hold them in. He showed that his technique is coming together but it’s not quit there! He is ranked #2 Junior behind Brendan.
Emma Vasen of Ocean Twp. HS demonstrated why she is so damn good! She threw 45ft to tie for 6th place but the tie went to the other athlete because she had a better second mark. Emma finished 7th. On her last attempt she unleashed a MONSTER throw of 48+ft but couldn’t hold it. If she would have saved that throw then she would have won! Emma now moves onto Softball. She is about a dozen home-runs off the NJ Career State Record! She plans on competing in the shot put as an unattached athlete to stay on top of her technique and to compete at the New Balance Outdoor T&F Championships in June.
Division I NCAA Championships:
Andrew Liskowitz, formally of CBA, is now a sophomore at The University of Michigan. Andrew went into the competition ranked 16th and finished 14th. It wasn’t the performance he was looking. This is his second showing at the NCAA Championships. The more experience the better the results!
Now we move onto outdoors!
Critical Mass Training Systems will be hosting the Tactical Strength Challenge (TSC) on April 14th 2018. There will be three events contested:
- A max power lift dead lift (3 attempts)
- Pull ups for max reps (palms forward, no kipping, chin must clear 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).
WHAT ARE YOU TRAINING FOR?
If you would like to learn more or register for the event go here: TSC INFORMATION & REGISTRATION
On the surface we saw one hell of a game. Conditioned athletes on both sides pulling off big hits and even bigger plays! Some things that the tv doesn’t catch during the live event are special moments where below the surface we can see more dynamic life within the game itself. Here two Eagle wide-receivers cross in the middle of the field and… I will let you watch.
Anyone who has participated in sports and had the experience of being in the “zone” where things seem effortless, can really appreciate the confidence and fun these guys were having!
Like to drop weights? Do you Olympic Lift or Power Lift? Need medicine balls, resistance bands, sleds ropes etc? We have what you need! We are an unconventional gym with equipment that suits an athletes training program.
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