First off, I want to thank Andrew, Brandon, and everyone else at Durniat Strength for hosting another big competition. Many thanks to Kody and PK for taking time off to judge (anyone else I missed I wholeheartedly thank and apologize for not mentioning). This year was my second year and third competition, and I want to put out my thoughts on how it went without coming across as whiny or sore... Some points:
-Great move by using a standardized competition set of cal'd grippers, the difficulty of the closes felt very proportionate to their ratings.
-The standardized pinch apparatuses were a great way to even the playing field and take away questions about who's setup was harder/easier because the necessary 2 platforms.
-The two platform axles went great as expected.
-The pinch curl... where do I start... 1. Time I expected this event to move quickly, instead it sucked up what seemed to be the most amount of time (i wasn't keeping track, maybe someone else was?). 2. Event rules: Compliance with these utterly new rules seemed to take up a lot of mental energy, as any minor screw up (four points of contact with the wall [head, both shoulders, and posterior], as well as trying to keep the elbow level and outside the body, would result in a NO lift. This negated good lifts for infractions which occurred after the most difficult part of the lift was completed. 4 Judging and consistency, I didn't feel as if the judging was as consistent as I had hoped. I was flagged twice for unintentional small infractions which cost me points, on the aforementioned rules I had only learned minutes before the event started. I also noticed other competitors were not being scrutinized for similar infractions and, in several instances, a second judge was not even watching the lifter. Maybe non-participating judges like Kody or Paul would have eliminated this as an issue for the event 5. The implement: As far as I know, few of the competitors had any familiarity with the device and lifting techniques (please, anyone who had the device within a reasonable time prior to NAGSC speak up and correct me here). I would imagine the results would have been much less disparate if everyone could have had reasonable time to either buy or make a similar implement to prepare.
-Finally, the sledge choke: When this lift was first introduced recently, I expected it to be a test of levering strength, instead, it has become a test of wrist ligament and tendon tolerance to extreme leverage disadvantages and the skill of keeping a quarter on a downward sloping hammer head. I think this event will lead to injury as more competitors are pushed to dangerous levels of tension in order keep up in the standings. If the goal was hold the hammer level and not let the wrist break, I think we would see a dramatic decrease in inch pound scores.
-Also, chalking the head of the hammer and other tricks to make the coin stay on take away from the integrity and intention of this lift. It allows the coin to stay on even though the handle is nearing a 45 degree angle, definitely not what I consider a true sledge deadlift.
Finally, as a side note, I would like to add these two one handed lifts, en total carry as much weight in the contest as the big three core lifts. By doing them both handed we are diluting the value of 2hp, axle, and grippers in the contest, and giving weaker competitors the chance to make up huge points in these smaller and lesser practiced lifts.
Please remember this is all constructive and I took a good deal of time in writing this in a way that doesn't create a war here on the board. I just wanted to let my concerns be heard and considered. Thank you for taking the time to read.
Edited by jvance, 15 June 2014 - 08:22 PM.