Highland Games At Equity



This past Sunday (10/11/15) Mongrel Garage held its first Highland Games Workshop ran by Nikita Halteman. Not only is Nikita a Nationally ranked women’s Highland games competitor but she is also my BlueCollarBadass teammate.

Highland games has had my interest for a little while now and I was starting to get pretty eager to give it a shot in training. Deciding to message my friend Nikita, I asked if she would be interested in working with Mongrel to bring a training session down to Equity. Nikita being Nikita was all about the idea and one thing led to another and boom….. Highland Games Workshop at Equity was made.

The group we had out there was awesome! Everyone was asking a lot of questions and was constantly doing something. No one there had any experience in Highland so it was a learning day for all.


Six events were brought up at the work shop. Everyone getting a substantial amount of time to train and work on technique for each. I am sure it was interesting watching a few of us in the begining of each event.

  • Open Stone
  • Braemar stone
  •  Weight for distance
  • heavy hammer throw
  • WOB (Weight Over Bar)
  • Sheaf Toss

Personally, the Weight for distance is my favorite so far. A lot of technique is needed but very satisfying when performed correctly.


Mongrel Garage will be bringing another workshop into the Elkton area in the Spring once everything starts to warm up again. Until then, stay strong my friend!

Competition Prep (mental side)

Do you want to do well in a competition you have been preparing for?

The answer is simple…

  • Already have your planned weight attempts in your head. If it is a max weight event plan for it correctly.  First attempt should always be something you know you can hit, a security blanket in case something goes wrong on your 2nd attempt.
    •  I like my 2nd attempt to be a PR (if the weight jumps allow it, that is the brief time in power lifting coming out of me). Some of the events are 50 lb jumps, so be smart on your 2nd attempt.
  • Do not try anything new or different the day of a competition. If you have not practiced Viper press or a new technique running with the farmer handles or anything else, why would it be a good idea to try it the day of a competition?
  • Be careful who you take advice from during comp day… If the event allows specific gear to be worn and you have been training with it, use it! Just because no else is does not mean you follow the pack. Some of these people are going to give you the “best” advice and all it will do is lead you to a bad day. Wear your gear, stick to your plan and have fun with it.

Changing up these 3 items above can really lead to a bad day.  Stick to your plan!!!

Be Awesome and Have Faith!



Highland Games Workshop

We have put up a brief history of Highland Games competitor Nikita Haltemen.

Nikita Haltemen

Mongrel Garage is hosting a Highland Games seminar October 11th with Nikita. Click the link to learn all about it.                                               Mongrel Highland Games Workshop




BlueCollarBadass athlete Nikita Halteman will be showing everyone the basics of training implementation, proper form and technique of the following events:

– Open Stone
– Braemar
– Heavy Hammer
– Heavy Weight
– WOB (weight over bar)

We will have food available by Cash purchase from Kevin Bell after the seminar.

FITAID will also be available by Cash purchase.

If interested in Mongrel Garage hosting a strongman seminar at your gym, contact Mongrel.Garagestrength@gmail.com