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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

 

 

Heat 1 Heat 2 heat 3

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What It Takes to Be the Best – Rosie Howard

The MASS Team caught up with University of Reading student and female athlete of the year Rosie Howard to find out what it’s like, and what it takes, to be the national champ!

Name: Rosie Howard
University: University of Reading
Course: BSc Archaeology
Year of Study: 2

Congratulations! How does it feel to be crowned the MASS Male/Female athlete of the year?

It feels amazing, I only started competing in powerlifting last year at the MASS London Regional Competition and have improved so much since then! I’ve really enjoyed this year of competing with MASS and I look forward to trying to retain female athlete of the year next year!

Which competitions did you compete in, and how did you get on in each of them?

I competed in the MASS Powerlifting London Regional and MASS Southern Strongman Championship, I managed to win both of these competitions overall. At the MASS Powerlifting competition Team Reading also got the win.

 

 

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What was your favourite competition and why?

I would have to say the strongman competition, because it was something completely new for me and I had great fun competing with the other girls. The powerlifting comp brought back memories of my first ever competition last year with MASS, having Team Reading around definitely spurred me and all the other competitors on.

Did you have a lot of support from your family and peers?

Powerlifting and strongman are individual sports, but the people you surround yourself with can have a huge impact on your performance in and out of competition. Having that support from friends and family really encourages and motivates me to keep on improving and making gains.

 

 

Give us the low-down on a typical training week for you?

I normally train 4 times per week, sometime I do strongman events training as an extra session.

Does your training vary between term time and holidays?

No not really.

How drastically did you have to alter the way you train between prepping for the different competitions?

Not drastically, they are both strength sports so the general principles of training are the same. For the strongwoman competition I changed one of my Bench Press days to a Log Press day and incorporated more events training in.

What’s your current training split?

Delroy McQueen does all my programming for me (http://delroymcqueen.com/coaching.html). My current training split is building up to compete in a GBPF powerlifting competition

 

Session 1 – Bench Press

  • Bench with comp pause
  • Close Grip Bench
  • Dumbbell Chest Supported Row 5 sets of 12
  • Dumbbell Lateral Raise 3 sets of 15
  • Tricep Push Downs 3 sets of 15
  • Dumbbell Shrugs 3 sets of 15

Session 2 – Squat

  • Squat
  • Pause Squat
  • RDL 5 sets of 8
  • Seated Leg Curl (with resistance band) 100 reps total

Session 3 – Bench Press

  • Bench with comp pause
  • Close Grip Bench
  • Lat Pull Down 5 sets of 12
  • Front Dumbbell Raise 3 sets of 15
  • Dumbbell Tricep Extensions 3 sets of 15
  • Dumbbell Curls 3 sets of 15

Session 4 – Deadlift

  • Deadlift
  • Deficit Deadlift
  • Front Squat
  • Seated Leg Curl (with resistance band) 100 reps total
  • Lat Pull Down 4 sets of 10

 

 

How do you structure your nutrition?

I take an IIFYM approach to my diet, eating fairly clean most of the time but not being too restrictive. I compete in the u72kg class with GBPF and u75kg with GPC-GB and sit at about 70kg therefore don’t need to worry about cutting weight for my competitions.

Can we see your current diet plan?

My macro split is 235/78/176 (40/30/30)

  • Breakfast 8:00 – at the moment I have 3 eggs and 2 rashers of bacon to start the day
  • 1st Lunch 11:30 – protein shake 50g Protein Dynamix Vanilla Ice Cream flavour
  • 2nd Lunch 14:00 – 150g of chicken & lots of vegetables with 100g rice or pasta
  • Pre-Workout Meal 18:00 – 100g oats, 25g protein dynamix Vanilla Ice Cream flavour, 20g golden syrup. I make this up with water in the morning so the oats have absorbed the water.
  • Post-Workout Meal 21:30 – this varies a lot, I tend to make meals like; shepherd’s pie, lasagne, spaghetti bolognaise, chicken strips and chips, pork chops and mash.
  • Snacks – I have a really sweet tooth, so any leftover macros go on reeses pieces, kinder Buenos, cadbury’s and krispy cremes!

Is it hard to maintain such a training and nutrition regime as a student, and on a student budget?

It’s not that hard at all! I’m quite often working towards a competition and this drives me to keep consistent with training. Nutrition just takes a little bit of thought and planning, I am fairly flexible so can fit in the odd takeaway if I want one. I think if you shop sensibly it’s not hard to achieve on a student budget, I do most of my shopping at Aldi and spend roughly £25 per week on food.

 

Not sure if I have enough meat #protein #meat #gains #powerlifting #eattogrow

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In the end, is it all worth it?

100% I love competing!!

What advice would you give to 2017 MASS Championship hopefuls?

Enter and give it a go regardless of how much experience you feel you have. All the MASS competitions are well run by David and provide a really supportive atmosphere for lifting and competing in!

What’s next for you?

I am competing in GBPF South Midlands Qualifier on May 22nd then at the GPC-GB No Dumbelles competition on the 16th of July. I recently competed in Englands Strongest Woman Southern Qualifier and will be competing in strongwoman again this year. In the autumn I aim to compete in the GBPF and GPC-GB National Competitions. In the next year or so I hope to compete internationally in powerlifting!

Where can our readers follow you?

You can follow me on instgram @rosiemayevelyn

 

 

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Weights Announced – MASS’s Strongest Man 2016

Anticipation has been building, excitement brewing, and the weights are finally in for MASS’s Strongest Man 2016. This is it, this is what it’s going to take, do you want to take on the challenge? If yes, then we’ll see you on March 6th at Trojan Fitness Bristol.

 

  • Farmers Walk (Head to Head)

15m there and back.

Weights are per side

W<65kg – 50kg

W>65kg – 60kg

M<85kg – 80kg

M<105kg – 100kg

M>105kg – 110kg

  • Silver dollar deadlift (21 inch)(last man standing)

Starts low, goes up in 20kgs, when 50% of the competitors have been eliminated it’ll moved to 10kg increments then finally 5kg increments for the last two competitors until there’s a last man standing.

Starting Weights

W<65kg – 40kg

W>65kg – 50kg

M<85kg – 60kg

M<105kg – 80kg

M>105kg – 100kg

  • Overhead medley (75 seconds max)

W<65kg – 20kg log, 26kg kettlebell, 35kg circus dumbbell, 50kg keg

W>65kg – 30kg log, 35kg circus dumbbell, 50kg log, 65kg axel

M<85kg – 35kg circus dumbbell, 50kg keg, 65kg axel, 70kg log

M<105kg – 50kg keg, 65kg axel, 70kg yoke, 80kg log

M>105kg – 65kg axel, 70kg yoke, 80kg keg, 90kg log

  • Keg toss (4m height) (75 seconds max)

All categories will do the following for time

12kg x2

14kg x2

16kg x2

80kg bonus

  • Stones run (75 seconds max)

5 Platform heights, starting at the highest platform with the lowest weight.

W<65kg – 50kg, 60kg, 70kg, 80kg, 90kg

W>65kg – 60kg, 70kg, 80kg, 90kg, 100kg

M<85kg – 70kg, 80kg, 90kg, 100kg, 110kg

M<105kg – 80kg, 90kg, 100kg, 110kg, 120kg

M>105kg – 90kg, 100kg, 110kg, 120kg, 130kg

 

For details on how to enter:

MASS’s Strongest Man National Championship

 

For Enquiries
Email – champs@muscleathleticsports.com
Phone – 0208 668 4310
Office hours are 9am – 5pm Monday-Friday
See you there!

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MASS’s Strongest Man 2015

The first ever MASS strongman competition was held in the ‘larger than life’ Warehouse Gym this March.

 

Amongst murals of the Kings and Queens of strength and acres of gritty strength machines for people who mean business, athletes from across the country battled it out to be crowned the strongest and hopefully earn points for their university in the MASS games.

 

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After some close weigh-ins and an explanation of the events from MASS chairman David Bissell, the day quickly got underway; starting with the farmer’s carry.  From the outset a high standard of competition was evident, amidst an atmosphere of encouragement and good natured competitiveness familiar to those who attended previous MASS events.

From the females, Cari Davies and Catherine Smith were neck and neck for first place alongside a strong performance from Sharon Shergill. Catherine dominated the log press to nudge ahead at the second event but a comeback from Cari’s now legendary deadlift skills left it all up to the last event; Catherine narrowly pipped Cari to pull the overall result back to a draw.  This meant that Catherine won the junior gold medal, Sharon won silver from the juniors and Cari won the senior gold medal.

 

 

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From the males, Zib Atkins blazed through the events in first place across the board from the 85kg category, including a sub 30s time to load a 50kg stone, 65kg kettlebell and 70kg sandbag at the end of a 15m carry. This landed him squarely with the 1st place senior prize, alongside Jacob Hetherington as first place junior following the quickest time to load up to the 80kg atlas stone.  The 105kg male category was more contested, although a solid senior victory was earned by Geoffrey Kirby, following a spectacular 43 reps at the 180kg car deadlift and RAPID 105kg atlas stone loading.

 

 

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Finally, the MASS games points were awarded, including 25 points to Loughborough in first place, 20 points to Cardiff in second and 16 points to Nottingham in third.  Overall, the first MASS strongman competition was a great example of the friendly, supportive and competitive student strongman community. And we got to pick up a car, which is pretty cool!

 

Words by Shaun Howell

Links
Scoresheet
Competition Page
Event Photos

 

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