This is where I will try and post weekly "Weekend Work-Out" with event training and with special Guests that come into town to train...so check back!
Mark Samson Keshishian
Wow, Ok kids... it's been a while!
Well, a lot has happened since the last entry... I have moved twice...and I haven't been in a contest since 2004! and I've been bad... haven't done much event training... and gym training is just getting back to 3 days a week... Well, this past weekend, my buddy Barry Perkins, The Great Grand Son (7 times) of Rollo The Viking, had a weekend work out at his house.
"A Weekend With Barry"
We got to play with some of his toys. This was a last big bang for Barry, because on Tues. 9-26-06, Barry goes under the knife! or the Scope... I guess all those years playing a Viking on TV took their tool on his knee... Well, here are some shots of the gang ( will add names later to protect the innocent)
Gavin and his crew.... Gavin is built like a smaller Captain Kirk...
8-9-03 & 8-17-03
A few pic's....Farmer's Hold, Drags from Hell, and the Conan Wheel...up and running!
This weekend we did Yoke, Tire flip, Drags and Stones. We didn't start taking photos till the end of the drags...
Well we had a good work out ...but the only photos I got were of Dan Cenidoza closing the Captains of Crunch IronMind #3 gripper!.
Special guests seen in photo below is none other than Caption Kirk Karwoski...who made the power stairs look like a joke...and he is more altitudinaly challenged than me!
Walter G. , Lou B.,Alan J. jr, Mike & Rob Joined me this weekend for The weekend workout....
First was the Conan Wheel: Starting @ 200 and going up to 600...of course Walt was the only 600 participant
Then onto the Apolin's Axel: here we went up to 275.
Lastly, The stones...it was on and off raining at this point, so there were no photos.
I would like to thank every one for coming by. Walt , Lou and the guys from the University of MD Strongman Club.
Marks New Playground!
5 x 75 foot runway with a 26 outside
diameter circle sidewalk for the Conan Wheel. Semi-protected platform for the
and a open platform for the power stairs....Hope to have the first weekend bash this weekend...stay tuned!
Well kids, we had an other "Get together"! Walter Gogola, Kevin Nowak, Willie Amos, Sean Newsome, Lou Bouhaouala, and myself.
We started the afternoon, focusing on the
qualifying events for Boston: Farmers up to 335lbs. Well the biggest surprise
was Kevin...this little guy is deceivingly strong. Needless to say, he took the
335 for the distance.
Next came the Yoke and Drag: We kept the yoke at it's base weight of 675 for everyone, and the sled up to 500 or so....very consuming after a few sets...I must say.
Then onto the tire flip: Well we started with my impossible 1100 pounder. It's a bit dry rotted so there is No grip, and you cant get your fingers under it! (I will fix that later) so we stuck some 2 x 4 scraps under it for access. Walt, Kevin and Big Willy got it up. Willy even pulled a Chad Coy and blew his lunch! Well anyways, after the demoralizing of this tire we went inside for my light tire, 23.5 x 25...700ish, but a short tire, a easy flipper, almost too easy, so we did it for "Cardio".
We were pretty beat at this point. But then Walt suggested the Stones (of course, he blames it on me). I am still waiting for two more stones to be made, so the weights are 175, 223, 250, 350 and 383...quite a jump! We all took turns repping the stones. The I lined them all up and went for the five...and I got all of them, but with the last one falling off the edge....needless to say Walt, was irritated, because now he had to get up off his but and do the same...and he did!
That was the work out, 4 events in 3 hours! Then on to my house for some home made Lasagna!!!
Had a few people over last weekend...little did I know they were part of a surprise Birthday party for me...but that's another story....
Gary Mitchell, Walt Gogola, Big Willy, Kevin Irwin, Lou B., the Newsome brothers and yours truly. First The Yoke, then onto the Conan Wheel and then Stones....Great work out, lots of fun!
Another Weekend work out...Up at Iron Sport Gym out side of Philly...Home turf to Strongman Walter Gogola. Along with Walt was Nowack brothers Kevin and Kirk, a new conscript Lou Bouhaouala , and myself.
We started the day off with the log...Walt going to 305 for 5 reps, I got three (no excuses) The Nowack brothers I think toped out a 230lbs...and a pr for Lou...175!
Next we went outside...The Yoke, up to 730 (no photos) then to the "Truck-Pull" with sled and rope, then Conan Carry with the yoke apperatus...on to Farmers 275's and Walt jumped to 305 and got 100ft out of it.....Then back to inside to finish off with the stones. There are no platforms in the gym, so we did reps to the chest...I hit a first, shouldering the 305 stone...
It was a fun...long workout, Thanks Walt for inviting us, and thanks to Steve Pusannella for letting us train there!
a Quicktime Video of Walt repping out 305lbs for 5, 5573kb
("Save Target" to your hard drive, then play, this will be a large file and will take some time to download)
These are some photos sent in by Jay Kotsko of his friend Jason Weston doing a 385 lb stone lift at a body weight of 220lbs
Well it's been a few months since we've talked boys and girls...sorry for being delinquent on my postings here!
Also boys and girls...I might have a surprise visitor from PA. coming down to visit..."Wooder Boy" himself!
I've training the heavy farmers at the gym...determined to walk with the 400's!...well I stood up with them this past Thursday night!...It might not sound like much, but in theory, it was my first 800lb deadlift!...with an already torn and bleeding callus from the very short 350lb walk ten minutes before...basically, I stood up with the 350, took two steps and the callus went...I Hate When That Happens!!!
Well...the newest Toy is my new version of a Super Yoke!...If you have an old pair of Jack Racks from your powerlifting days, and don't know what to do with them...well I've got your solution...Build a Yoke!
Our Latest work out was with stone and the tire...here are some shots of the stone workout...and a shot or two of a shirt I might start selling...tell me what you think? :-)
A Week-Night (School night) workout
Went out to the farm with Jules tonight. We worked on the Wheel and the car dead and wheel barrow.
Here are some shots....
Not bad..??(for a girl ;-) Full interior and 50% of the glass left (what hasn't been shot out), and no motor , of course...but that's in the front, isn't it...
Instead of moving the tire out each progressive set, we just started putting Hundred's in the tire...makes it a little easier.
Just got back from Vegas!!
Got three good days of training in....A little boring gym training on Friday (Shoulders), then on to UNLV to do Farmer's walk and Stones, and on Sunday...UNLV again with one of Gary's friends Semi to pull...33,200 lbs...rope and harness.
Stones up to 400lbs
and 33,200 lbs of truck....
Yes it's April Fools Day! But We didn't fool around tonight!
Kevin Irwin, Tiffany and I trained tonight...first the Keg toss, truck pull with rope, rope hand over hand pull, some drags and a little car flipping!
Well I haven't put anything up for a while..sorry
I tweaked my back a few weeks ago, took 2 whole weeks off! That's the most time off in a few years! I have a indoor training "place" now. A heated metal barn at my Uncle's farm. So I started taking my goodies and toys down there. It's about 35 miles from my house. I also acquired an 4 door Escort! And tonight I put the handles or nerf bar on the drivers side. This car still has the motor in it, so it will be a little more challenging. Here are some photos.
The Escort and about 60% of my toys all on a portable dolly( My stones, a pedestal for the stones, Yoke, Plates, Rope & one keg) My log and plate loaded Mastiff farmer's are at the gym and my oxygen cylinder farmer's will be coming to the farm as well as a 250lb rubber coated keg, a regular 1/2 keg for throwing and a 1/4 keg for throwing. I just need to make more pedestals or boxes for the stones as well as getting some rubber mats so they wont shatter when they hit the 12inch slab of concrete
Hit the Yoke for the first time since Beauty and The Beast....I will need to hit it a few more times before The Back Ally Challenge!
I worked up to two 150ft runs with 550lbs.....Very Aerobic!
Keep training hard!!!
The Metro Strongman Training
Sponsored by Food Lyon
and a little help from Samson-Power.com
Thank you to Food Lion for providing the opportunity to show the
community some of the local strongmen and what we do! Dan Maticic
organized this Demonstration held at the Potomac Falls Plaza Shopping
Center in Virginia.
Dan brought in most of the equipment, Graham Bartholomew, Wardell and Mark Keshishian also brought equipment.
The Log Press
The Hand over Hand Truck Pull
(#'s 1, 3 & 4)
Now here I offered a Samson-Power T-Shirt of their choice to anyone of the guys here who
could do the #4 stone. I was getting a little worried because a few of the guys got close.
But the only one was Kevin Irwin!
The Tire Flip
The Farmer's Walk
Some comments By Gary Brown
Next on the agenda was the log. I got a PR by 5 pounds and
almost 15. It
only got to the top of my head. I was afraid to lean to far back, just two
weeks ago I did just that and still have a very sore spot.
On to stones. Warming up I did my little trademark "necktie", rolling the
little one all the way around my neck. The #4 Samson stone and myself still
have some unsettled business. It got to my lap for a lengthy fight but
refused to go to the platform. Our next meeting will have a different outcome.
Farmers walk. I would have been proud if I would have gone first. To me
thick handled 200+ implements sounds like a big deal. And I was amazed that
holding onto one before the training started was not to bad. But going
after watching the other guys jog around the course only added to my
embarrassment. This was my worst event.
There were other events like truck pull and tire flip (680) to name a couple.
I didn't take any notes or pictures, so most of the things I am sure of
were what I did myself. However a few performances stood out. Mark kicked
some serious butt on the log. Outdoing the rest of us by 100 pounds or so.
Kevin did the #4 stone. Mark did it for reps. Everyone had at least one
event that they really excelled at.
What a great bunch to train with. I had so much fun, and look forward to
the next time we can do it again.
Yes, I know it's been a while since I posted. A couple of contests and a bit of training has gone by. Chad Coy's American Hercules and Jim Davis's Big Show Down.
Well I just wanted to post "Personal Best", yesterday 8/27/00, I finally picked and placed on a 54inch platform, my number 5 Samson-Stone! This was a great obstacle, not only for me, but anyone else who tried the number 5. For I am the first human to successfully do this with this stone. And, not touching a stone since July 22nd, not bad either.
6/4/00 Here's a "Weekend Work-Out" from Jon Riggs!
The Mid-Westerner’s Weekend Work-Out
In preparation for the Central USA Strongman contest on July 1st, I’ve been training the events specific to the contest events. I went to bed Friday night with what felt like a cold coming on. Saturday morning was sunny and 55 degrees. It was perfect out, however, my cold was trying to make me feel weary of the days events. I got out of bed at about 7:30 a.m. and loaded up with water and such. I drug out my Farmer’s Walk logs, my Pressing Log, my Beer Keg and my tire for dragging. Seeing that I was the only one that showed up to practice, I was in desperate need for some spectators. So I persuaded my daughter, Ana, and my wife Jami to operate the camera and handle the motivational duties.
I always enjoy doing the Farmer’s Walk first, so I warmed up with a couple 5 gallon jugs full of water and proceeded to pick up my awkward logs. Since they’re wood logs, I am constantly weighing them during each training session because of the variance in weight that comes with the weather. I loaded them up to 220 lbs. and started my “boot scoot boogey!” It went well.
Next up was the Keg Waddle, er, run!
My wife said she had trouble keeping me in the frame.
I felt like I could go even faster.
Immediately after the Keg run was the tire drag.
I never know how heavy the tire will feel.
It just depends on how packed the dirt is and what kind of snow plow
effect I will experience.
After a short breather, the Log was begging to be pressed. I loaded the log up to 225 lbs and went at it. I’ve got to remember to breath between reps! It went great!
I then went on to do the tire flip. Too bad my nasal passages weren’t clear. I went until I became dizzy! Train hard!
5/6/00 & 5/7/00
Phil Pfister's Weekend Work-Out
I drove down to Phil's on Friday, mad
great time, No Tickets or Beak-Downs this time.
A couple of Kentucky boys came up for a little torture too, "J.B." and Jim Tom ( I hope I got the names right guys..sorry)
First off was the Super Yoke
Next, The Mother of all events, and anyone who has tried to train for this one, knows what I mean,
We flipped the tire, ran and loaded 2 220lbs sacks, then dragged the pickup with the parking break on. This will be a Very aerobic event. We have to work in the 440lbs "waddle" too
Then onto the Keg toss. We had two Kegs, one with about 45lbs of water in it, the other empty. It is amazing how high that empty one flies after throwing the heavy one.
Well that's it for the weekend!
Keep training hard, and I hope you enjoy the "Pic's"
4/8/00 & 4/9/00
Viva Las Vegas!
My wife and I went to visit the Mitchell's' in Vegas this past weekend, and I got a little training in with Gary and Mark Philippi at UNLV. (not too many shots of me, I was the only one doing the camera)
Saturday we worked on Farmer's Walk
Sunday we worked on the Axel and the Yoke.
Played with my Yoke: Two weeks off the Yoke, makes a big difference! I worked my way up to about 690lbs, then I loaded it up to 750lbs, I stood up with it, sat it down, caught by breath, psyched myself up, climbed under it, and then couldn't get the %#$^en thing to move again! Oh-well....progress is slow, but 750 is the most I've ever had on my back.
Gary Brown drove up from the Skyline Drive area(2hrs) to train
with the SAMSON STONES. We also dabbled with the Tire.
Gary Brown doing his impression of a "John Paul"
Gary has been training with field stones and this was his first time at the round stones, and he did really well. He got the number 1 up several times, even shouldering it once (see the photo), and got the number 2 up. He had a bit of trouble on number 3, but considering, 2 years a go when I got my first round stone, and I couldn't pick it up for about 3 workouts, I'd say he did excellent. But Gary, You gotta work on that tire, and some cardio!
Well It was a great weekend! STAZ and I drove down to Charleston, 7hrs, a speeding ticket and a leaking oil sending unit to make things more interesting.
Saturday, we got the car straightened out, the weather was
great and headed for "The Holly Gym".
Sunday: Chris Brock and Mike (I'm sorry I didn't get the last name) came down from Cincinnati and brought the rain with them, so it was a wet and muddy time at the future site of "Pfister's Strong Man Training Camp"
Phil has access to a lot of people down there and has accumulated a lot of equipment as you can see below.
I'll keep the words down to a minimum, the photos will speak for themselves!
The Flipping Truck/Samson's Barrow Truck, and more Toys in "Phil's Toy Room"
Chris "The Kid Rock" Brock, Mike, Phil,
Mark K, and "The King" STAZ
We all had a great time, and I would recommend to anyone who gets the chance to go down (or up) to West Va., You'll have a good work out!
Thanks Phil for having us!!!!
Well, This "Weekend Work-Out" should be a good one! I am going down to Charleston WV to train with Phil Pfister, "STAZ", and a few other guys driving down from Cincinnati OH. I hope to have some good photos. So check back early next week!
Log Inclines: Great work out! 255lbs 10 reps! 5 more than I
I felt so good I even reverse grip benched for the first time ins a month or so, hit 285 for ten, not bad, but way off from my best.
Taking the rest of the week light , saving it for the weekend, just doing cardio and abbs
Yoke: 695 for 55 ft, then 30ft, a bit harder this week!
Log and Axel work out.
I dropped the weight on the log to 250lbs, 5 cleans and 5 reps, to get some reps under my belt, I'll be jumping 20lbs a work out, but I will only be hitting the log heavy every other week. The week I go light on the log, I will be hitting the Axel heavy. This week I hit the Axel, 210lbs, cleaned and pressed 5 reps (hard to hold onto!)
Farmer's Walk, the first time in a month or two, not bad:
250's for 55yards with a turn. I'll start adding weight next week.
Then the tire; After the flu and a nice repertory infection, which I'm still on antibiotics for, the friggen tire is Very aerobic! Stuck to 60ft, 10 or 11 flips, I was hacking too hard to count! I hope it gets warmer soon!
Hit the Yoke, 675 for 75 feet, 25lbs a week!
Took my Yoke to the gym tonight. I set it up a little different than before. I used a 2 inch pipe, so there wouldn't be much flexing, and no chains, (I'll have to use them again getting ready for Jim Davis's contest) trying to emulate Odd's Yoke as much as possible. I had about a 75 ft runway, and took it up to 630lbs. After that I loaded another 90lbs on and just tried standing, It's been a "looong" time since I stood up with anything over 700 on my back. Each time I stood, it got a lot harder. Luckily I've got a few months before Hawaii!
I tried Whit stones in the gym routine last night. But instead of a
power bar to hold them together I used a short triceps bar. The balance is a
little off, but you can stand up with them the whole way. I used a 100lbs plate
and bumper plates. With the bumper plates, you don't need any tacky.
I also got to play around with an "axel" bar last night. I got up to 220, just playing around and it felt like it was going to fly out of my hands on the clean!
I'm sorry there haven't been any updates. The weather and the Flu took it out of me.
Today I hit the log for the first time in two weeks, Got up 295 for 3 singles, once on the way up to 310, couldn't get 310 up, went down to 295, got two more. Then worked on lock-outs, did reps with 275 and 235
The Weekend Work-Out
Stones: The #4 is no problem any more, but that dam #5, too much chalky residue, gums up the tacky! I got it in my lap, which is a PR for me, but it kept sliding out, and spinning, I'll get it eventually.
Farmer's Walk: 250lbs 90ft with turn, then added 45's to each- 295's 2 X 45ft, not bad for not doing heavy weight in a while. The weight didn't feel heavy, I was trying to keep speed up, and I kept stumbling. (It's those size 13's of mine)
Keep Training hard!
The Weekend Work-Out
Not a real "Weekend Work Out", but I did a Log work out this morning, and worked up to a personal best, and I think a physiological sticking point, 300lbs. Two cleaned and pressed reps.
That's all for now,
Keep training hard and smart!
The Weekend Work-Out
Cold Stones, Cold Tacky and not enough tacky, make for a not so great work out. Gary and I both did the #4, not like we wanted to. This was the first time that I didn't use my arm covers, and man did I get some hemotomas on my left arm! The right arm got the usual abrasions and some bruising. I think that I didn't put enough tacky, or get it spread out enough.
A few days earlier I got to do a real log work out at the new gym I joined, PLANET FITNESS, and I have to say , so far, so good, they are very accommodating. I worked up to a 275lbs clean and press, first, one clean and two reps, then one and one.
The Weekend Work-Out
Another cold Sunday morning, not as cold as Chad's, there wasn't any snow to sweep off the Stones! Gary, Lester, Justin and Mark (me) met up at my house about 9am. Gary and I were the only ones training. Stones, Supper Yoke & Drag.
The Stones went well, Gary ended up with 8 reps on the #4 Stone, I ended up with 2 with the #4 and went down to the #3 for 5 reps to finish it off. The only problem with training in the cold is the Tacky gets too hard! and I hate when that happens! don't you? My pedestal is 54 inches high.
Next the Yoke. We warmed up with 500lbs. Then moved up to 600lbs. The weight feels light, but 100lbs makes a huge difference on balance and control with the chain type Yoke.
We dragged out the sled, put 4-100lbs plates plus 2-45lbs plates and dragged about 80ft for two sets. Great quad work out!
Sorry, no photos again, this time the batteries went in my camera. Just threw some older one's up.
The Weekend Work-Out
Sorry, not much of a workout this weekend. Gary had to go out
of town, so I was by my self. Basically, I did a Farmer's Walk work out.
My Farmer's Walk implements are at 250lbs( a real 250, not a
Las Vegas 265 that felt like 200) right now, and I've only touched them once
before since my injury in Vegas.
The warm up walk was about 75ft with a turn and over a curb (That curb can really screw you up). Next, I paced off 60 yards (180ft), with a turn. This one went real well. After this uneventful walk, I got my air back, picked the cylinders up one more time, and walked them over the curb and up the driveway (about 40 more feet).
And that was the end of a very lackadaisical work out. Not much of an inspiration, this week.
Then I got in my car and drove to Baltimore to help coach Lester Maslow ( here are some photos) in his first contest since winning the 1993 APF Seniors! This was a "Push Pull" contest. I.E. Bench and Deadlift. He hit his goal of 1005lbs total, winning his weight class (198, with a bw of 191) and best lifter. He hit a 365 bench, missed 405, Then went on to the Deadlift and ended up with a sweet pull of 640lbs. Not bad for a spry old man of 40ish
The Weekend Work-Out
Gary Mitchell, Samu Tuhkasaari and Mark Samson Keshishian (Lester Maslow and my wife Maria on the camera) got together to play again. Samson Stones, Super Yoke and The Tire.
The Samson Stones
Samu, also got the #4 up easy (that dam Finish Blood). The
first try at it Gary threatened him, "If you get this, I'm going to shoot
you" So Samu said he didn't do it because of Gary.
But after Gary got his, Samu popped it up one or twice to the pedestal, and got three more up, but couldn't get them over the lip of the pedestal.
The Super Yoke
The Tire Flip
The only photos take of the tire were of Gary. We just did a couple of runs each with 12 flips. Good for cardio! We will need a heavier tire.
That's it for this weekend!
Again, hopefully there will be more up dates!
Train Hard! Train Smart!
The Weekend Work-Out
By Mark S Keshishian
A few of us got together on Saturday to Play, not as elaborate as Mr. Coy's Weekend Workouts, but it was our first.
Big "Willy" and Shawn Semones came up with his family from Roanoke Va., Also in attendance was none other that Shannon Hartnet, and Justin "Big-Pull" McShane, there for moral support.
We played with the Samson Stones. The First time for both Gary and I since I tore my bicep and he tore his triceps in Vegas. It was also the first time that Shawn and Willy had ever played with round stones. Samu Tuhkasaari, who is Boxing now, and not supposed to be playing with implements, was giving it a go to.
We also did some Tire Flipping, but not too many photos.
These are all thumbnails, click on the image to see the larger version
(me) Mark Keshishian, Got up to my #3, did some reps, but couldn't get my #4 but 6 inches off the ground. But I haven't touched them since the beginning of the summer, and more importantly, I didn't feel any pain or anything unusual in my torn bicep!
Gary's dog Shana in the truck pull (ha ha)
Hopefully, this will be one of a lot of "Weekend Work Outs"!