2001 Beauty and the Beast
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The 24 Hour Fitness®
'Beauty & the Beast' 2001
The Beauty and The
Beast Strongman Challenge has turned into probably the most
note worthy contests of
Odd Haugen has done an incredible job of organizing one of the great contest on the strongman circuit.
Now Let The Game
MEN’S Event One:
Fitness® Log Lift (for reps)
Athletes will attempt to lift a 125 kg /275 lb steel log from the ground to overhead for maximum repetitions within the 75 seconds time limit. Each repetition must be locked out (elbows and knees), feet parallel and under control (head under bar) before it is counted (referee signal down/count), and returned/lowered back down under control to the pedestals for each repetition to be good. NO DROPPING OR THROWING OF THE LOG WILL BE TOLERATED. NO TOWEL OR BUILT-UP BELT.
The contest started off with three Mastiff logs, each loaded to 272 lbs, using rubber bumper plates. The Judges were Jamie Reeves (WSM '89), Dr Douglas Edmonds (Commander-in-Chief of IFSA), and "PJ" (sorry I couldn't remember the name). The judging was strict, at least for me, I had Dr Edmonds as my referee. It took three reps before he gave me one...I didn't have my head "under the weight". Pfister and Schoonie cruzed through with 9 reps each with Philippi and Samuelsson following with 8 each.
MEN’S Event Two:
Tire Flip Race
MEN’S Event Three:
(Super Yoke, Conan Wheel and
Athletes will compete in reverse order of finish in the
first event, each athlete carrying a 365 kg (801 pound)
Super Yoke over
66 foot course, then, lift in the crux of his arms (5 inch
pipe attached to a universal joint and loaded with 600 plus
pounds, the “Conan Wheel”) and walk around a complete circle
(360 degrees), before then
picking-up and pushing a 2,000 lb
back over another 66 foot course in
the shortest amount of time.
Implements may be set down as many times as the time
limit allows, but cannot be dragged. Distance (and
implement) will be measured if athlete fails to complete
course in the 2 minute time limit.
The event will start with the Super Yoke implement on
the ground, the signals Get Ready, Set, Lift (Whistle)…will
be given, and end when the rear end of the wheels of the
wheelbarrow crosses the finish line.
Well this was the event we were all dreading! "The Medley from Hell!" I personally was most worried about the Yoke. (Odd's Yokes always feel heavier! May be gravity is stronger in the Islands) The Yoke started well for me, I was the first person to take it to the finish without dropping it, then the Wheel...well this is when I, as well as quite a few others fell apart. The Conan Wheel was not that heavy, but after exerting one's self on the Yoke, the Wheel was Hard! I stood up with it fine, took a few steps, then my body started shutting down, everything started cramping...cramping like I haven't had since I was powerlifting! Other people where having trouble also, it seemed everyone forgot to lean back, thus, they stumbled forward and down. Then onto the Samson-Power Samson's Barrow: Chad Coy wowed the crowd, being the smallest guy to get to the Barrow. The top 4 finishers were only separated by 6 seconds! A very close finish!
MEN’S Final Event One:
Apollon Axle Lift
The twelve (12) finalists will compete in reverse order of
Athletes will attempt to lift the Apollon Axle from the
ground (clean or continental) to shoulders and then press or
jerk to lockout (elbows and knees) and under control
overhead (head under), feet parallel, for maximum
weight. The Log
must be lowered back down under control.
NO INTENTIONAL DROPPING OR THROWING OF THE AXLE WILL
Starting weight will be 120 kg (264 pounds), then 130 kg
(286 pounds); 140 kg (308 pounds);
and in 5 kg (11 pounds) increments thereafter
(including 166 kg, which is the weight of the original
There’s 90 second time limit on each lift/attempt,
each lifter has total of 4 attempts unless competitor
fails on a weight, and he is out of the competition.
Tie breaker, fewest attempts.
NO TOWEL OR
The Axle turned in to an exciting event, with Svend Karlsen and Brian Schoonveld taking top honors and setting a new world record of 374lbs! Both guys used the continental (but no one used the "Keshishian, sad to say)...but Svend looked as though he could have cleaned it from the ground...quite explosive. Old man Odd had a close call at 374lbs when about 3/4 of the way in his "Jerk", his right wrist rolled and the bar proceeded to fall behind him...it looked painfull,but he let go soon enough to prevent any injury. Magnus Samulson also looked quite impressive here also missing the 374lbs mark.
World record for Schoonveld and Karlson!
MEN’S Final Event Two: World Class Fitness Farmers Walk
Athletes will compete in pairs, each athlete carrying a pair
of 330lbs Plate loaded Mastiff
Farmer's Walk implements FOR THE LONGEST POSSIBLE
Distance will be measured where the athlete drops the
cylinders. No straps or grip aids other than chalk are
Go till you drop. No
A heavy one!...They say the Farmer's walk comes down to the grip...and I would totally agree. Schoonveld's grip prevailed out distancing the field...not by a large margin either. Everyone seemed to go just a little further than the man before...sort of a "One Uppmanship". This weight was even too heavy for one of the finalists to break off the ground! The course was basically a half circle, the men when clockwise, thus there was only a 90 degree turn as apposed to the typical and brutal 180 degree turn.
MEN’S Final Event
Keg Toss for Height
MEN’S Final Event : Samson-Power's Samson's Barrow Hold
Athletes, with bare hands lift & hold Samson-Power's Samson's Barrow, for as long as possible.
No straps or grip
aids other than chalk are allowed.
No time limit.
Ahh...a nice heavy, skin tearing event! If the Farmer's walk didn't tear your calluses off, this one did! Loaded down with last years Farmer's walks at 275lbs X 4 and a power bar with 4 100lb plates on each side, plus the weight of the trailer (and the added weight of all the Samson-Power stickers)...well, it was probably heavier at he handles than most of the car deadlift you'll see. Phil Pfister showing his Gorilla like grip, with the win and Samulson barely 2 seconds behind! Very close!
!! The FIRST ever Women's Strength & Fitness Challenge(tm).... !!
The 24 Hour Fitness® Beauty & the Beast 2001 is introducing the first
Women's Strength & Fitness Challenge(tm) in addition to the World
Strongman Challenge. The Women's Strength & Fitness Challenge(tm) takes
the place of the bikini fitness challenge of the past three years.
See More for Women's contest
The women will compete in four events and the World
Strongman Challenge™ will be contested over eight events in one day
Saturday June 2, 2001. And
two days prior , the
IronMind® Rolling Thunder
World Championships will be held on May 31st, in conjunction
with the Beauty & the Beast strongman competition. This event, which
will be open to all B&B competitors
and anyone else
who would like to enter ($50.00 entry fee), will be held at the All
Star Cafe in Waikiki (proposed).
Rolling Thunder World Championships
is a popular test of grip strength, and
the first official world
champion in the lift, Jan Bartl of the Czech Republic, was
crowned last year in Honolulu. This year in addition to the title,
the Champion will win US$1,000.00 plus first place trophy and the
Rolling Thunder used in the competition.
Second and third place finisher will receive US$300.00 and
In the World Strongman Challenge™
all competitors will compete in
three preliminary events for one of twelve spots in the
NOTE NEW SCORING SYSTEM!
Each event will be scored, 1 point for 1st
place, 2 points for 2nd place etc..
In case of ties, the points are added and divided
by the number of tied athletes, but all athletes that
are unable to start or pass on an event will
automatically get the highest/worst score possible (i.e.
if 3 athletes pass on an event and there are 24
competitors total, all 3 of them get 24 points).
In the FINAL the top twelve finishers (with lowest
points after three events) will then match their
strengths in the final five events.
The number of athletes in the final may be
expanded to ensure that there are at least 6 American
athletes. The scoring in the FINAL will include the
accumulated points from the preliminary events and the
same scoring system, 1 point for 1st place, 2
points for 2nd place etc. in each of the five
(least cumulative points) will receive the ‘Beauty & the
Beast’ World Strongman Challenge™
Championship Belt and the top prize money
AWARDS (subject to
Place finisher will receive a payment of
and the ‘Beauty & the
a 39" Broad Sword
sponsored by Samson-Power
500.00 for each of the eight individual events won!
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