Apr 24

Strong (Wo)Man

The gym is my happy place.


It really is the most relaxing part of my day.

Sometimes you need to get out of your comfort zone.  We grow from challenges… so I decided to challenge myself to a Strong Man!  That may have been a bit of a crazy move, but whatever…

Bring It On Life


When I arrived at the Lee Haney event, I was surprised to find out that there was only one other female competitor.  That was really intimidating… there was only one other women willing to try this?!  She was really great though – her friendliness and outgoing attitude did a lot to calm my nerves!

First up was the Log Press.  It was a fail.  You were to perform as many clean and over head presses as you could in 1 minute.  I performed zero.  I got the 100 pound chunk of metal up to my chin, but it would NOT go over my head.  I tried 6 times!  I also bruised my chin in the process.


4 days later…


Second was the Stone Lift.  You had 1 minute to lift a 70 lb stone as many times as possible. This was actually pretty easy – I could have done more!  

I’m pretty good as long as I can use my legs for power.  The other girl got half a completion more than me.  If I hadn’t had a bad pass from the ball man, I would have tied her (which I think is cool since she had a solid 75 lbs on me).

Stone Lift


The Farmers Walk was next.  We had to walk 60 feet to a marker and back 60 feet (120 feet total) while holding 100 lb Farmers Walk Implements in each hand.  Again, not too hard.  I can use my legs no problem.

Farmer's Walk


The last event was the one I was most excited for – the Truck Pull!  We pulled a 4 door Jeep Wrangler for 100 feet using a shoulder harness.  Silly me thought this wouldn’t be too hard.  Get it started and it’s all gravy, right?  NO.

I struggled and slipped on the wet ground to get the thing moving.  They eventually gave the truck a shove and off I went.  Every step was a struggle.  I thought I’d give up a couple of times, but I did make it.

Truck Pull


I saw the pics at the end and wished I’d worn different leggings.  I look like a teeny little ant!  Is that shallow? #sorryimnotsorry

These are addictingly fun.  I have a goal of being able to do that log press and then I’m going to try for another!  There’s a whole lot to be said for getting out of your comfort zone and getting inspired!


The icing on the cake at the end was Lee Haney – 8x Mr. Olympia - recognized me and gave me a hug!

Would you ever do a Strong Man?  I know some of you have!

When was the last time you got out of your comfort zone?



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  1. Debbie @ Live from La Quinta

    That looks like fun (for you, not me, my back would break). I love watching strong man competitions. Good for you for doing as well as you did!

    1. Laura

      Thank you! Oddly, it wasn’t as hard on my back as I thought it would be.

  2. Tara @ Sweat like a Pig

    Hell yes!!!! I love that you did this! We are proper strongman buddies now ;) The log is a bitch. You can see why I practice it 2-3 times a week haha. There is a comp coming up here with 200lb farmers. Yes, in each hand. I don’t know if I’m ready for that!

    It’s so cool that you represented the ladies, although it’s a shame that more didn’t show up – a bit of competition is healthy. I’m currently in panic mode having FB stalked my competition last night. I can’t wait to see you do another comp!

    1. Laura

      Hell yeah! I already told me trainer I want him to get a log for the gym. In the meantime, I’m doing a lot more heavy shoulder presses. I’m so inspired by your success!!!

  3. Lucie@FitSwissChick

    Yay!! congrats girl, you rock!!
    We had a Strongmanchallenge 2 weeks ago at Crossfit, but I wasn’t around. If I would have, I don’t know if I made it – there were some real cracks!
    Crossfit makes me go out of my comfort zone every time I go. And that’s exactly why I do it.

    1. Laura

      Ah! You should tell them to do a strong man work out next week. LOL!

  4. Carla

    which leads me to wonder:
    will the ever let us back in??

    1. Laura

      Would you WANT to be let back in?

  5. Linz @ Itz Linz

    nice work! delivering a baby was out of my comfort zone but def awesome! haha

    1. Laura

      LOL! That would be SO far out of my comfort zone…

  6. Sam @ Better With Sprinkles

    That’s so cool! I’m nowhere near being able to compete in a strongman, but it’d be fun to watch sometime!

  7. Heather


  8. Jan @ Sprouts n Squats

    This is awesome!! I’m always so inspired reading Tara’s recaps of competitions. So cool to read yours too! You did so well, I would have been damn intimidated to be the only female.

  9. Jan @ Sprouts n Squats

    One of the only females rather!!

  10. Heather (Where's the Beach)

    Go You! I just broke out into a cold sweat thinking about leaving my safe haven LOL.

  11. Kim @ FITsique

    This looks like SO much fun! Right up my alley. I use to train at a gym with strongman competitors and I would always try to join in on the stone lifts but they didn’t have any under 120lbs and I couldn’t get it past my ankles lol The stone was too awkward. I love the keg toss that they do though!

    1. Laura

      That stone is SO awkward! I wish they’d had a keg toss. I’m on a mission to find a Strong Man gym!

  12. Allie

    You are such a go-getter! I love that when you want to try something… you just go for it! That really inspires me! I love the “sticker” or graphic under your bruised chin… LOL. You are so hardcore!!

  13. Deborah

    Wow that’s really impressive. Good for you! I’m not sure I would have tried that. The gym is my happy place too! I love doing boxing drills w my trainer. I feel awfully tough with my pink gloves on-LOL. Good for you stepping out of your comfort zone. I’ve been trying to do that more. I started blogging a few months ago too and that is way out of my comfort zone but I love it.

    1. Laura

      Boxing is SO much fun! And a great full body workout. That’s so cool your trainer spars with you!

  14. Purelytwins

    honestly it has been awhile since we got out of our comfort zone! need to change that

  15. Gabby @ Gabby's Gluten-Free

    WOOHOO! Isn’t it fun?!?!

    1. Laura

      It’s the BEST!

  16. Dietitian Jess

    So impressive!! really cool to paritcipate in and definitely brave… everyone should put themselves out of their comfort zones more… I don’t think I would be brave enough, but would love to spectate. I’m debating signing up for a marathon for the fall—- wayyyy out of my comfort zone. btw you’re are a studding blue (not to sound like a creep).

    1. Laura

      Thank you!!! And a marathon?! That would be FAR out of my comfort zone. Way to go!

      1. Dietitian Jess

        That was supposed to say your eyes are a stunning blue… i dunno if i was drunk at work or what… studding… hmmm… haha.

  17. RavieNomNoms

    You are a beast!!!! I love it! :-D

  18. Shashi

    CONGRATS! Way to step out of your comfort zone! Looking forward to hearing about you out performing you at the next one!

    1. Laura

      Thank you! It was the best time – definitely will do another. :)

  19. lindsay

    you da man! i mean woman! and you look like a beast ant.. does that help? hehe

    1. Laura

      Ants ARE freakishly strong… ;)

  20. Jody - Fit at 56

    PURE BADASS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  21. Taylor @ LiftingRevolution

    Awesome job! They are addicting! When I did one, there was only one other girl too! Intimidating but made it fun as we were able to joke with our competitiveness with one another.

  22. Kelly @ Cupcake Kelly's

    Major kudos! I like watching them but I don’t think I could participate in one! I am constantly trying to push myself out of my comfort zone, but I don’t know if I am succeeding haha

    1. Laura

      If you feel uncomfortable, you’re succeeding! LOL!

  23. Arman @ thebigmansworld

    You are epic. But also the picture of you dragging the truck….you don’t want to know the thoughts in my head right now.

    1. Laura

      I should have jumped on top and had a victory twerk!

  24. Stacy @ Stacy Eats

    Insane that you pulled a Jeep!! What a neat and different competition – I’m super impressed :)

    1. Laura

      You should come do one with me! In a few months… ;)

  25. Hayley @ Oat Couture

    I LOVE that you did this! So awesome!

  26. Kat

    Whoa dude how awesome?! Haha Jeeps are hubbys fave! Your poor chin!

  27. Megan (The Lyons' Share)

    You are so inspiring. I love this!!!! I’m all about trying new things, although I think I have a little ways to go before I try a Strong Man! Way to go!

  28. Calee Himes

    You are such a fucking badass. I can only aspire to brush the tip of your badassery.

    Also, that brings me to a “just the tip” joke.

    1. Laura

      Before I even got to the end of your comment I was giggling at brushing the tip. I heart you.

  29. Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets

    Stands up and cheers. Woo-Hoo.

    I’m not at all surprised you did this, and I know you’ll kick ass at log press next time.

  30. Heather @ Kiss My Broccoli

    Seriously woman, you CEASE to amaze me! Love it!

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