MASS Reading president and all-around athlete Michael Tennant sheds light on what it was like to compete in Strength Wars and what he’s looking forward to most at MASS Wars
University of Reading
MASS Reading President
Where and when did you compete in Strength Wars?
I competed in Strength Wars November last year 2016 at a gym in Berlin, Germany. The Youtube video of the battle was released a month later and now has over 3 million views.
What is Strength Wars?
It is a lifting competition comprising of a mix of exercises which all have to be completed for a certain number of reps. The competitor who can finish all the exercises in the shortest amount of time wins.
You were put against the most feared competitor, The Faceless, were you scared? And how did it go?
I was very nervous to battle against the faceless as he is extremely strong. I got beaten fairly quickly but it was still an incredible day and it was great fun to compete. I was happy with how I did considering the crazy challenge I was up against!
What and when is MASS Wars?
MASS Wars is MASS societies take on Strength Wars. Whilst a competition, MASS wars is mainly an opportunity for MASS athletes to meet up and test out their strength in a competition style setting. Instead of a single battle, there will be heats that will lead up to the main event, so whatever your ability it will be a quality day and a chance to learn some new things and meet likeminded people.
What advice would you give to people unsure about competing in Mass Wars?
Just go for it. In my first year at University, joined MASS and went along to my first ever lifting competition with the society. I wasn’t sure what to expect and didn’t really know anyone else in the society, but I ended up having the best day and I made some great new friends. I am pretty sure I would not have competed in the MASS Student Physique Championships or the British Powerlifting Finals if I hadn’t first competed for my MASS society as it gave me so much more confidence and training motivation. I would encourage anyone to give it a go as you will be surprised how much more you can achieve with the right goal!
What are you looking forward to most at MASS Wars?
Mostly I am looking forward to meeting people from other MASS societies, as this has always been the biggest highlight of every MASS event. However I am definitely also looking forward to watching the final heats!
Any tips for training towards MASS Wars and for on the day?
It will definitely help to practice the exercises, which are available on the MASS national Facebook page. The weights of the competition are not yet determined but will be based on a questionnaire of each competitor and the weights they are able to use for each exercise. This means you shouldn’t be asked to lift a weight which you are not able to do, at least in the early heats.
What are your future training/competition goals?
My goal for 2018 is to build strength and fitness whilst maintaining my size and balancing out my physique. I am also looking to compete in the British Powerlifting National competition in just under a years time. I competed last year and did OK but this time I am hungry to get a podium finish!
For more info and to enter the MASS Wars head to the official event page: EVENT PAGE
Get ready for war!