The first thing you should know about the log is that it won’t be easy to learn, it has taken me years of practice to get my technique right. Not perfect, but right!
There is an art to perfecting the log some can naturally adapt to whilst others cannot. One thing for sure, it does feel good to throw a big weight overhead!
When a beginner decides to take up strongman they enter a whole new world of equipment and events. Some are easy, some are hard and a lot different, one of them being log press.
Here are 3 major tips for anyone starting out on a log press, either for competition or just for some fun.
1) Ask for help!
Too many people have trouble asking for help in anything, they think it might damage their ego if they do. Well their ego and pride will be damaged if they majorly mess up a log press and have a mouth full of metal for lunch!
Don’t just ask a mate, seek out someone who knows what they are doing and has a track record in their own log as well as clients. A good coach will help you as long as you listen to the advice they give you, it is pointless getting help and not listening to one bit of it. You’re just wasting their time and your own.
2) Be patient
One thing we all see on social media is an ego lift, I’m not talking about guys who have been working their posterior off for years and posting a PB. I’m talking about the guy who tries to max out on a lift with no training what so ever and you sit back and watch thinking to yourself oh my god he’s going to die!
Learn the proper techniques, watch the pro’s and start light. Get the time in on the log let your body get used to the movement pattern.
3) Get a program
I could put money on 90% of people don’t do this, if you don’t have a programme how can you expect to see progress or track numbers? Having a programme doesn’t just allow you to look at numbers I helps motivate you. After 12 weeks of a program you can see where you started and how many kg’s you’ve added.
It will also help highlight key weaknesses that can help you improve your all round log press and other overhead movements such as axel or monster dumbbell press.
So there you have it 3 tips I would give any beginner in log press, you don’t have to rush everything Rome wasn’t built in a day. Take your time find a good coach and get a good programme this will help you on the path to a monster log press!
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