Monday, November 29, 2010

Tips and Tricks for Surviving the Holidays

Every year the average American puts on 7lbs from Thanksgiving to New Years. I am going to give you a few tricks to keep the weight off and achieve your goals.

1. Shop the perimeter of stores DO NOT go down the aisles looking for the new Christmas edition of Oreos.
2. When your sweet tooth comes a knocking try and eat some fruit or make sugar free jello to get your fix in.
3. Always be prepared and have good healthy food ready and accessible or else you will be hitting up McDonalds and down Two double cheeseburgers and a large fry which is right around 1000 calories.
4. Drink green teas, black coffees, and sugar free soda.
5. Don’t go on a baking spree and make cakes every weekend for your family, because it always ends up in your house and eventually in your stomach.
6. Exercise at least 5 times a week, you can join our boot camps which meet three times a week and get on the prowler the other two.

Follow these six steps and you will be able to fight off that unwanted weight and still fit in your jeans come New Years. Don’t wait to make a resolutions do it now and stay fit.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Client of the Month: December 2010

Janelle "The Beast" Lopez from Tony Montgomery on Vimeo.

Janelle holds three records on our big board. She owns a 280lbs deadlift, 210lbs Squat and a 33" box jump.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

2010 North American Open Powerlifting Meet: Team Samson Recap

2010 North American Open Powerlifting Meet Recap
Tony Montgomery

The meet started at 10:00 on Sunday so I had a week to cut from 235lbs to 220lbs. I never cut that much weight before so I knew it was going to be tough. By Friday I was 224lbs and was ready to drive up to Tampa on Sat. and make weight. We arrived at 1:30 and I figured we can weigh in and be fine since we did not eat or drink all day. Boy was I wrong, I weighed in at 223 in Tampa and I was pissed, its time for a new scale at the gym. So after two hours of sauna and running in trash bags I finally made weight. By Sunday I was back up to 235lbs and I was ready to lift.

Squats were up first and I was near the back of the flight so I had time to relax. Decided to open up light with 420lbs and for some reason it felt extremely heavy, but I nailed it a got three green lights. Next I jumped up to 450lbs and blasted right through it, so I guess my body decided to finally wake up. Feeling good going into my last lift I decided to go with a 30lbs meet PR and blasted through a 475lbs squat and felt really good. I will be shooting over 500lbs next meet.

Onto bench press, which if you are not careful can put you to sleep. I decided to open up with what I ended with last meet 355lbs. It was real easy and I felt good but apparently my butt came up and I was red lighted. So I was nervous going into my next lift and I stuck with the same weight so I can get it and I did with absolutely no leg drive and it still felt easy. For my third attempt I jumped up to 375 lbs, but I was still nervous about my butt coming up and I got stuck at the bottom and with no leg drive I wasn’t going anywhere.

Last but not least are deadlifts, which are by far the best lift ever invented. I was feeling good to pull my first ever 600lbs dead, so I opened up at 550lbs. The warm ups went great and everything felt extremely fast. I got up to the platform and blasted through 550lbs with ease. Feeling good about getting 600 I jumped to 575lbs and I got it for a 25lbs meet PR. I thought I nailed it but looking back at the video I realized it was more of a struggle then I thought it was. So onto my 600lbs attempt, I felt very confident that today was the day, but gravity felt otherwise and I stalled right below my knees on the 600lbs attempt. It actually felt like it got caught on my sock which was weird. Next time I will get it and then some.

I ended with a 1405lbs total which is a 60lbs meet PR which is a great day in retrospect. I would like to thank my wife and kids for there support and my team for all their encouragement and most importantly I thank God for granting me the ability to do what I do.

2010 Training Box Strongman Show Tony Montgomery Middleweight Champ

2010 Training Box Strongman Show
I have said it before and I will say it again. If Dave Beers puts on a show I am there. He runs a tight ship and always takes care of his competitors. All the guys from the gym had a great time and we look forward to doing his next show in March. Now onto the show, I competed in the middleweight division and I was going against 4 other competitors.

The first event was a 220lbs axle clean & press for reps in 60secs. I went first and I knew I had to set the tone due to my competition. On the go command I ripped up the axle and started pressing away. After the clean I knew I was going to be able to put up a high number. As I started repping them out I was finding it harder and harder to catch my breathe. By the time I was on 12 I only had one to two more left in me. I managed one more and I was done. 13 reps was good enough for first place.

The 2nd event we moved onto a 450lbs trap bar for reps in 60secs. I got to go last because of my first place finish and I knew what I had to beat. My buddy Paul knocked out 33 reps and second got 22 reps. I figured I would go after Paul’s 33 but around 25 reps into it I thought twice about it. Our next event was going to tax the grip so I decided to shut it down at 27 reps, which was good for 2nd place.

The next event was a 250lbs farmers pick hold for time. I was able to go one on one with Paul and I knew his hands were hurting from the deadlifts so this would be a good event for me. On the go command I was able to get a clean and easy pick which set up for a good hold. We were about 40secs into it and I decided to look up to see what Paul was doing and I could see him start to struggle, so I gave him a smile and he blew me a kiss and that was it for him. I managed a few more seconds and dropped the weight at 50.83secs and finished in 2nd place.

The 4th event was a 750lbs tire flip for 60’. I did this at Dave’s last show, so I knew the weight would be light and it was going to be a sprint to the finish. Everyone was taking between 6-7 flips to cross. The more you attack the tire and push it over the further it will skid, so you could cut down on the times you flip it. My goal was to be aggressive and attack the tire and it turned out to be a good strategy. I finished in 6 flips and around 20secs which was good for 2nd place.

I was in the lead by a ½ point going into the final event which was a 260lbs stone load for reps on a flat bed truck in 60secs. I am really good at stones and I was confident going into this event. Going last again I knew I had to beat 8 reps for the win. As soon as you hear the go command you attack the stone and not even think about it. I was moving at a good pace and by the time I got to 7 reps I started to slow it down and I finished with 10 reps and 1st place in the event and 1st place in the show.

Here is the video:

Friday, November 5, 2010

2010 Training Box Strongman Show: Team Samson Recap

I am leaving to go to Tampa tomorrow to compete in a powerlifting meet with 3 others from the gym, so I will give you a brief recap of last weeks strongman show. This was a great show that took place in Ft. Myers on October 30th. We had 4 competitors doing this show and I will try and get them all to give a write up of there first strongman experience. As a gym we went 3 for 4 in 1st place finishes and one 2nd place finish. Here are the videos from the show:

Thursday, November 4, 2010

2010 Central Florida Strongman Show

This was the first time I did this show, I heard a lot of great things about it and it did not disappoint. The show was in the heart of Lakeland and right by the water, it was a great location. I competed in the middleweight division of 265lbs and under. I weighed in at 230lbs and was by far the smallest competitor in my weight class. Usually my class is from 231 and down but this show they switched things up on me.

First event was a press medley that consisted of a 220lbs log for one rep, a 250lbs log for one rep and a 270lbs axle for one rep. Throughout training I was killing this event with a great time. As for the show that was a different story. The logs went up easy, even Weech’s 13” mammoth log. Then I moved onto the axle and this is what slowed me down. I was not able to punch my elbows through on the first and second attempt but I managed to do so, on the third. I finished this event in 38.64 secs and good enough for 2nd.

The next event was a last man standing axle deadlift. My deads have come a long way from when I started so I was fairly confident in this event. That is until I realized I have the hand size of an adolescent girl and that my grip would be a problem. The axle bar is 2” in diameter which really taxes the grip. The middleweights started off with 450lbs and moved up 25lbs each time. 450lbs was no problem and neither was 475lbs. The thing I noticed when doing this event is that my speed is off the ground is not up to par with the rest of my deadlift, so I need to work on that. Everything felt good and smooth until I got up to 550lbs. The daedlift was light and felt smooth and I thought I locked it out, but it slipped out of my left hand twice and I was done in this event with a 525lbs deadlift, which was good enough for second.

The 3rd event was a Yoke/Keg Medley. We had to walk a 625lbs yoke for 60’ and carry a 275lbs keg for 60’. This was a good event for me because I fly with the yoke but I never touched a keg until a week from the show so I was a little worried about my technique. The yoke was easy and light but when I got to the keg I did not lean back enough and it fell forward on me, so I had to repack it and finish up. I finished this event in 28.94 secs and good enough for 2nd again.

The next event was farmer carries for 100’. Usually I never loose at these but my grip was already shot and that made for an extremely difficult time. I had three drops and just absolutely sucked at this event. I finished it in 32.91 secs and again 2nd place.

On to our last event which was a stone series. We had to load 4 stones onto a platform of different heights. The first stone was 240lbs onto a 60” platform, 280lbs onto a 54” platform, 325lbs onto a 48” platform and a 355lbs onto a 48” platform. Going into this event I was in 2nd place behind the leader by one point so I needed to be flawless at this event. Much like the theme of the day I made some mistakes. I let the tacky get to soupy and as soon as I went for the first stone it was gone and I did not set the stones the way I wanted either so by the time I got to the third stone I was slipping all over it. I finished just two stones in a time of 15.98 secs and 2nd place. By staying consistent on every event I was able to get 1st place in the show. I was not happy with my performance, but 1st place is 1st place. Here is a video of the show enjoy.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

I'm Back

Picture of Lahela and Wesley

Man things have been hectic to say the least. With the birth of my son 6 months ago, training for 2 strongman shows and a powerlifting meet, and keeping the gym up and running with new clients, something had to go. Unfortunately it was my blog updates and for that I apologize but family, training, and the gym come first. On September 18th I competed in the Central Florida Strongman Show were I took first in the middleweight division and this last weekend the gym sent myself and three others to compete in the Training Box’s Strongman Show were we won three first place trophies and a second place finishing. Now this Sunday we prepare for a powerlifting meet in Tampa, Fl. For R.A.W. United.

As for the gym we have reached our one year anniversary and to celebrate we are running free boot camps, free strength camps, and free high school training. We are doing this to show our appreciation to everyone who made the gym possible. This special ends on Nov. 22nd so get it while you can. We also got our new long sleeve shirts in for the winter; you can pick those up at anytime we have all sizes.

Tomorrow I will have video and a meet write up for you on the Central Florida Strongman Show. Thanks for your patience and keep on setting your goals and blasting through them.

Here is a picture of the Central Florida Strongman Show: