strength wars to mass wars

From Strength Wars to MASS Wars

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

Michael Tennant
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.

 

 

 

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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!

 

 

 

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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.

 

 

 

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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!

 

 

 

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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!

 

 

 

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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.

 

 

 

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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!

 

 

 

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For more info and to enter the MASS Wars head to the official event page: EVENT PAGE

 

Questions

 

For Further Details:
Facebook page: MASS Wars
Facebook group: MASS Wars
Instagram: www.instagram.com/masswars
Tickets page: bit.ly/mass-wars

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MASS Wars – Get Ready for War!

MASS Wars is the all-out battle over who really is the strongest Uni in the UK. A tiered system in which competitors battle it out strength wars style to get through to the next round and ultimately compete in the finals.

 

MASS WARS
2 PM to 7 PM SATURDAY 25TH NOVEMBER
The Foundry, Vauxhall.

MASS Wars will be 3 heats of strength battles taking elements from all of the strength disciplines. A combination of exercises from bodybuilding, strongman, and powerlifting put together into a series exercises to make a ‘parkour’ that competitors will go head to head against one and other to complete in the fastest time possible.

It’ll be just like the YouTube series: https://www.youtube.com/user/BodybuildingRev

You enter and compete as individuals, but there are is a points system whereby all competitors from your University’s points add up to make your Uni’s team total. And we’ll have a Uni winner.

4 categories: men’s light, men’s heavy, women’s light, women’s heavy. It’ll be accessible for everyone!

 

The Workouts

There will be three workouts, making three heats. Complete the workout as fast as you can to qualify to the next heat and eventually the finals.

Heat 1: Fastest times go through – 5-minute time cap
Heat 2: the top 2 athletes go through – 7-minute time cap
Finals: a head to head battle for 1st place – 9-minute time cap

 

Scroll to the very bottom to see the workouts!

 

Categories

There are 4 categories; 2 for men and 2 for women (men’s heavy, men’s light, women’s heavy, women’s light). You’ll be assigned categories and weights will be released 1 week out from the competition.

Weights will be announced for each category closer to the competition. When you register on for the competition you are asked for your 1 rep max for a series of exercises. We’ll use this information to tailor the event to those taking part.

 

Individual and team placings to be won.

Individual progression is described as above in the heats progression description. For team placings; each competitor you enter will gain 1 point for completing a parkour and 1 point for completing a parkour and qualifying for the next heat (or if in the finals, winning). Your team score will be the total score of all of your competitors.

 

Pound for Pound and Spectator events

Running parallel to the main event will be a series of exercises where you can set your maximum weight for your bodyweight. These are open to both competitors and spectators to have a go at throughout the day.

 

Entry

Spectator Entry – £6
Competitor Entry – £20 for MASS members, £25 for non-MASS members
Cost includes a FREE 2017 MASS Wars T-Shirt
which is to be worn on the day when taking part
We cannot guarantee sizes but the sooner you pay your entry the more likely you are to be assigned your requested size.

 

 

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Student only

You’ll be required to show a valid (in date) student ID and a matching regular ID on the day.

 

Prizes

Big prizes will be up for grabs for both individual and team winners

 

On the day

Registration for competitors will take place from 2pm-2.30pm. This is to tick-off that you have arrived and collected your t-shirt. Access to the arena will be from 2.50pm and the Wars will start at 3 pm.

 

Questions

For Further Details:
Facebook page: MASS Wars
Facebook group: MASS Wars
Instagram: www.instagram.com/masswars
Tickets page: bit.ly/mass-wars

Get ready for war!

 

The workouts

 

 

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