Strongman at the Silo competition set Saturday in Bangor

Posted Aug. 12, 2011, at 8:37 p.m.
Last modified Aug. 12, 2011, at 10:54 p.m.

Strongmen will be in Bangor on Saturday competing in such feats as pulling a truck hand over hand during the North American Strongman at the Silo from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Bomarc Industrial Park.

The competition is being held in silo No. 6, which is now the Silo Barbell Club, a gym co-owned by Paul Dosen.

Saturday’s competition features three divisions: novice (for competitors at any weight level); lightweight (competitors up to 220 pounds) and heavyweight (220 pounds and over).

Dosen said the competition is a way to christen the new gym and he hopes for 10 to 15 competitors.

There is no admission charge for the event.

Events held at the competition will include an overhead press medley, an arm-over-arm seated truck pull, a max silver dollar deadlift, a farmers/duck walk and truck push medley and lifting Atlas stones.

In the overhead press medley competitors go through a series of four press motions using different weights and different pieces of equipment. In a 60-second time limit, they lift the weights from the ground to their chest and press the weight over their head, locking their elbows.

In the truck pull, a competitor sits in a tire and pulls in a truck, attached to a rope, over a 75-foot course with a 60-second time limit.

The silver dollar deadlift features weighted tires on each end of a bar, with tires added for each lift.

In the farmers/duck walk and truck push, a competitor does the two different walks while carrying weights and then has to push a truck 100 feet back to where he started walking, all within 90 seconds.

The Atlas stones competition is the strongman favorite, according to Dosen. The large round concrete stones range from 14 to 24 inches in diameter and from 175 to 380 pounds. A competitor places each stone on a platform with the lightest stone on the highest platform while increasing in weight and decreasing in height as the 60-second event progresses.

The Silo Barbell Club is a place for powerlifters, strongmen and strength athletes to train because other local gyms don’t have what those athletes need to become stronger, according to Dosen.

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