STRENGTH IN DEPTH

In this new se­ries, we present all the in­sider info you need to look, feel and act the part in trend­ing fit­ness pur­suits. First up: the strong­man scene

Men's Health (UK) - - Agenda -

WHERE DO I START? 01_

Lon­don’s The Foundry is spear­head­ing the rise of ‘mod­i­fied strong­man train­ing’, which fo­cuses on con­di­tion­ing, rather than rip­ping phone­books apart. Af­ter that, you can head to Stoke-on-trent’s Strength Asy­lum, home to Ed­die Hall ( right).

02_ WHO’S IT FOR?

Phys­i­cally? Ev­ery­one. You can scale down heavy lifts to match your strength . Men­tally, it suits those jaded by the monotony of bar­bell work, but who han­ker af­ter more grit than that of the more pho­to­genic cal­is­then­ics crowd.

03_ WILL IT GET ME RIPPED?

Yes, but not only in the ob­vi­ous, bulkier sense. “The ex­treme toll it takes on your body makes strong­man a po­tent fat-burner,” says Ben Got­ting, co-founder of the Foundry. The EPOC this gen­er­ates means your body will con­tinue to burn calo­ries long af­ter you’ve dropped your at­las stone.

04_ IS THERE A SIG­NA­TURE MOVE TO MAS­TER?

It’s drive time. Stand­ing in front of a tyre, push your hips back and get a good grip un­der­neath it. Keep your back straight as you push up through your hips, ex­plo­sively ( A). Once the tyre is al­most ver­ti­cal, catch it over­hand then push it ( B) un­til it top­ples over. Get ready to flip again.

05_ DO I NEED ANY SPE­CIAL KIT?

Flat, sta­ble-soled shoes are your best in­vest­ment, ac­cord­ing to Got­ting. Chuck Tay­lors from Con­verse are, sur­pris­ingly, the all-star choice.

06_ WHAT SHOULD I AVOID?

“You can’t come to the gym and fuck about tak­ing self­ies and post­ing them,” warns Got­ting. Strong­man train­ing is awk­ward and with­out proper form and fo­cus can cause in­jury. “Have fun, but don’t be the guy who spends more time find­ing the best light­ing for a shot than he does mas­ter­ing a lift.” Well said, we think.

TYRES AND AT­LAS STONES ARE TOOLS OF THE TREND

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