My US Strongman: The VEEP at The Florence Strength Challenge

September 3, 2015


This past weekend (Aug 29) I competed at Lee Woody’s Florence Strength Challenge in Florence, KY.  Going into the contest I was planning on competing as a MW 220.  I ended up being the only one registered so I competed up at HW 275 against two great guys, Dan Mason and Matt Garree. Also, I went into this contest wearing a different hat.  I was not just a competitor – this was my first contest as the USS VP.  So, while competing, I was also trying to be available as a resource and observer to help Lee’s contest grow for the future.


The events on the docket were the Log Press, Farmers Walk, Truck Pull, Hercules Hold, and the Stones. I went into to this contest a little unprepared after having a back issue with my L2.  Thanks to Doc Todd and Tyler miller, I got fixed and back to training safely ASAP.


On the Log Press I was able to get 9 reps at 240#.  This was good enough for a tie for first with Dan.




Up next was the Farmers walk for 75’ with 285 per hand. I clocked in at 9.94, good enough for first.  This was a surprise for me…  Prior to the show I was still testing my back on the picks and had not walked more than 30’.




Third was the Truck Pull. The course was a little short but that was a choice made due to a few spots on the course causing stall outs. I took second with time behind Matt by about a second.



The fourth event was the Hercules Hold.  I had been looking forward to this all day. I had no idea what to expect, but I was going last based on overall score so I knew what I had to do for a win.  Lee had a great set up and I had great insight on training the event from USS Prez, Willie Wessels. I used a hooked grip and held on for 17 seconds. I may have had some more but my thumbs hurt and I think my grip was about to go anyway.




The last event was the Atlas stones.  The platforms were tall too, starting at over 60” for the first two.  I loaded the first stone to secure the overall win and then the next two for the event win.  The third stone was the same weight that I hurt my back on so I was a little apprehensive. Due to that I struggled to load it at first. But, I got it up!




What I revel in are these things:

1)    1.   My best supporter and best friend, my Wife, Amanda was there with my kiddos.

2)    2.   My old man Jim Albrecht was there to support as well.

3)      3. I got to observe and help out at a well-run first show – Lee and his crew did a heck of a job, and he had solid staples helping his out including Chris Vachio and Davey McCann.

4)     4.  I was proud to have this show as a USS show.  This is one to add to your calendars.

5)      5. I had the opportunity to meet and work with a potential partner and sponsor of USS. 

6)      6. The food was REALLY good, and healthy!

7)     7.  Lee was ready to make some adjustments already thinking about the next one!



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