The Mayhem Diaries: Training For Superhuman Games 2023
Follow longtime affiliate Mayhem Fitness & their head coach (& multiple-time Games competitor) Matt May, as they prepare to smash this summer's Superhuman Games!
The Best Time of Year
This our favourite time of the year. Heading into the summer with the preparation for the best event, the Superhuman Games. It’s time to take our training to the next level.
At Mayhem Fitness the Superhuman Games has a massive influence on our training and what we do in our strength and conditioning classes.
When my training partner Oly and I completed our first SHG our members thought that the event just sounded crazy. Now it is an aspirational target for so many of them. I am convinced once our members do the event, the buzz will inspire them to sign-up next year.
Since the workouts were announced at the beginning of March, we have been determined to make our members as prepared for the SHG as is humanly possible. The Superhuman Games for those of you that don’t know about it, is a great event that pushes your body to the limit. The events are all simple activities that most people who train regularly can do and often involves carrying or moving odd shape objects from A to B.
Two of the new pieces of equipment being used this year (for the first time ever) are the concrete block farmers walk carries and the log sled, carrying a giant telegraph poll with rope attached to a tyre sled (all sounds cool) plus we also wanted beer kegs/barrels to match the weight of the games.
The uniqueness of the objects meant that for us standard sleds and common objects carries wouldn’t be enough, we wanted to give our members the real thing. One of our members, Gerrard, is a fantastic handyman who can fix and build pretty much anything. Gerrard not only found us a log, he cut it down to size and fastened a rope so we could attach it to a sled or 60kg tyre. He and one of our other members, Natalie’s partner, both built us our concrete carry blocks by drilling a whole in the middle of the concrete and attaching a scaffolding pole through the middle.
Another one of our members Katkins knows a bar owner so we managed to get two slightly different sized barrels and then Gerrard filled them so they weighed 20kg (men’s weight) and 15kg (women’s weight). We also managed to secure a 196kg tyre (deliberately chosen to be heavier than the ones used in the Games.)
Our members have fully embraced the training whether that being flipping the tyre, carrying the concrete blocks, or snatching the barrels. The one thing they have all found is that despite the size and seemingly intimidating nature of the equipment, everything has been achievable and it always feel awesome once you have completed one of the workouts, knowing you pushed past your normal comfort zone.
Being an affiliate
We are so pleased to be an affiliate of the Superhuman Games and we cannot wait for many more years of training and events to come.
By Matt May
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