Breaking Records | Eric Todd
It has a spell since my last blog, so I thought I would take a moment to get you all caught up with what I have been up to. Training has been going well for the most part. My upper body has been progressing well, my front and back squats have been creeping up, as has my trap bar deadlifts. I am still training very cautiously with these movements due to a previous back injury.
The one issue I did have was with reintroducing regular deadlifts into my training. The first day felt great. I kept it light, but everything felt good. The next time, I bumped up the weight just the tiniest amount. This was still quite light and easy, but when I straightened up at the top, I felt something start to go. I immediately did some decompression and stretching, fearful that I had done more damage. Fortunately, after icing, stretching and doing inversions for a couple days, everything seemed okay. It was a good reminder to take deadlifts slow in order to continue progressing.
I had the opportunity several weeks ago to travel with a couple of my old strongman buddies to Kansas Strongest Man to serve as head judge for the event. It was awesome to catch up with these guys who I shared so much blood, sweat and tears with through success and failure. It was good to see old friends at the event, and see the new blood that is getting into the sport.
I also recently competed in a USAWA record day, where I broke records in 5 different disciplines. These included the holdout raised, holdout lowered, Fulton bar bench press, and lateral raise standing. The record that I was most pleased with that day, however, was my national record in the crucifix. I hit 148 lbs., or 74 lbs. per hand at 115 kg bodyweight. This is the best all-time in the USA, even beating my 140 lbs. record which I set back in 2005. This also gives me the American record in this lift in 4 different weight classes. Click here for an article I wrote as far as the technique of this lift goes.
Summer is officially here, and school is out. Time to live it up playing with kids and working on the farm. I am setting my sights on the Old Time Strongman Championship, which will be contested in September. With the help of HMB and PEAK ATP, I look forward to lots of good training this summer to help make this event a successful one for me.
- Eric Todd, Strength Athlete