Hobo Deadlift day!



12/21/15 Deads at Iron Sport Gym


Overhead squat 3×5

Bodyweight squat 3×8


Deficit Deads





405×3 add belt





Mid shin rack pulls





Lat pull down with close grip




Lying leg curl




Curl machine




Adam's Training Log (1)

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!

Important exercise for Strongman?

I get this question often. Someone new comes in, does a training session and is hooked. That person talks about how great this was and how they want to get better.  He/she come in a few times and decides that they want to take training to the next step and that is when the question is asked.


“What should I be training to get stronger for Strong(Wo)man?”

Now there is no specific answer to this question and everyone has their opinions.

Front Squat, Deadlift, ability to move weight and etc….

My personal opinion, OVERHEAD PRESS! Strict press often!!!

Barbell, Dumbbell, Axle, Log, Circus Dumbbell, odd object…. I don’t care what you use just put weight over your head!


One thing I tell a lot of people “everyone has a big deadlift, not every has a big overhead”.

I have been to competitions where the vast majority is tieing on the deadlift event and I see the under 200s up there with the SHWs successfully pulling big numbers… The overhead changes the game though.


Don’t get me wrong, you need to squat, pull, load weight and move weight…. But the Overhead movement can change the game in your favor!

Strict Press with a Barbell often, learn to push press and ability to get under the bar. This will not only get you stronger but you will have a good advantage and lets be honest, putting huge weight overhead is just awesome!

#HaveFaith and #BeAwesome

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