By Jason Marshall, SFG Team Leader, StrongFirst Deadlift Team Captain
Eumastas the son of Critobulus lifted me from the ground.
—Inscription found on a 480kg (1058lb) black volcanic stone in Santorin dated to the 6th Century B.C.
Being that we are called a community of strength, who attends and learns from a school of strength, it only seems right that we would elevate, celebrate, and demonstrate the king of lifts that emulates our quest as a community. Enter the StrongFirst Deadlift Team.
Years ago, Pavel organized a team of strong men and women in our community to attend an annual pre-designated powerlifting meet and compete as a team in the deadlift. Over the years, newbies to the powerlifting scene with little to no experience, and mature lifters with decades of platform appearances came together with a common purpose and goal: to showcase the king of the lifts when it counts… on the platform, in front of the judges.
Several years ago, I was recruited to be a part of that special team. The returns from the experience were more than my deposits. I learned so much about myself and my ability. My drive to pursue my strength potential became greater and my hunger more acute.
This is a call to all those who want to be apart of that team… the inaugural StrongFirst Deadlift Team. This year we will be competing in two meets, one on the West Coast and one on the East Coast:
- May 26, 2013, Buellton, CA, APF-AAPF Patriot Games
- June 22-23, 2013, York, PA, IPA Strength Spectacular
To qualify for the team ladies must pull a double bodyweight; gentlemen 2.5 times their bodyweight in a powerlifting meet sanctioned by any federation or the next Tactical Strength Challenge. There is no deadline but applications are taken on the first come, first served basis. Results posted in 2012 are also accepted. Send me your results and application for review to firstname.lastname@example.org.
There are many ways to train for a deadlift only event. You can find some great preparatory cycles and training methods in many of Pavel’s books, the best being Power to the People Professional and his most recent, Deadlift Dynamite, co-authored with deadlift king, Andy Bolton. Marty Gallagher’s Purposeful Primitive has also proven an invaluable resource in my own, as well as many other lifters’ training.
I would strongly encourage all of you, even if you haven’t quite attained your qualifying poundage, to pick up one of the previously mentioned books, find an experienced powerlifter or StrongFirst instructor in your area with some deadlift experience, and get access to a barbell and set of plates so you can start pulling. You’ll never know what you’ll unleash until you try.
Deadlifting is so primitive, but so useful. It’s found in everything we do from the moment we learn to walk as well as being the foundation and introductory lift to our kettlebell and barbell courses. There is only gain in exploring your potential with this wonderful exercise.
I hope to be hearing from a lot of you in the near future! I know many of you are already there. It’s just matter of a little commitment and putting in the reps.
Train smart, train safe, but most importantly, train Strong First!
Power to us!
Jason Marshall, SFG Team Leader, CK-FMS is based in Lubbock, TX. Contact him at email@example.com.