January Power Point Results - Class of 2011

Enclosed are the starting Power Point numbers for the Class of 2011.

"Overall Rank" shows how these guys stack up against every other person who has ever tested in Advanced Training.

After we test again in May, it will be nice to see how much progress each one of them has made.


Overall Rank
Name
Bench
Deadlift
Pull Ups
Broad Jump
Power Points
6
J.Castellano
300
365
33
105.5
1.048
25
M.Castellano
262
305
29
96
0.905
29
Reyes
306
425
11
108
0.895
30
Martelle
273
365
20
113
0.895
31
D.Heedles
246
405
19
100
0.891
39
R.Roman
294
350
17
96
0.862
48
Murphy
220
345
19
124
0.817
54
DiPilato
300
285
16
101.5
0.796
58
Forbes
299
315
12
108
0.788
69
Barry
278
315
8
106.5
0.726
74
J.Igneri
326
335
0
93
0.708
75
Pearce
258
340
5
108.75
0.702

New Criteria for Power Points Unveiled

Almost two months ago in Death to the Squat?, I announced that Squats will be removed from our Power Points system.

In that post, I never actually unveiled what movement will actually take the place of the squat.

After much internal deliberation, I have decided to replace the squat with the following two movements.

1. The Deadlift
2. The Broad Jump

The Deadlift
In addition to working almost every muscle in your body, the deadlift is also very easy to measure during competition. Either you get the weight off the ground or you don't

Unlike with the squat, there is no dispute whether you got deep enough, nor is there fear on my part of injurying an athlete who lacks mobility by pushing him / her to squat until they go "below parallel".

With the deadlift, those who lack hip and ankle mobility can simply switch their style to the sumo deadlift.

I also like the deadlift because it involves hand strength. (As an FYI, we don't use straps or allow an alternating grip during our testing).

Since most of our members are college athletes and not competitive powerlifters, I believe hand strength outweighs getting an additional 20-30 pounds on your deadlift max.

Broad Jump
I wanted to add a movement that demonstrated explosive power and relative body strength.

Since our gym does not have a very high ceiling, we had to rule out the vertical jump.

In addition, I have seen a direct correlation between vertical jumping and pull-ups with the guys I train. The guys who have a very high vertical jump also can perform a large number of pull-ups.

Having said that, there is no reason to test both the vertical jump and pull-ups, if they both lead the test results in the same direction. (Remember that the Power Point system is designed to balance out the big guys, the small guys, the powerful guys, the explosive guys, etc.)

On the flip side, I have not seen a direct correlation between the broad jump and anything else on our Power Point test protocol.

The top 3 guys in our group in broad jumps are not the same top 3 guys in any other of our movements used during our testing.

The end result
To summarize, here are the four movements we will now be measuring during our Power Point Testing.

1. Bench
2. Deadlift
3. Pull-Ups
4. Broad Jump

After we are done testing the new Class of 2011, I will post their results so you can see how you compare.

2011 Winter Tough Man Competition - Final Results

As we moved into Day 2 of the Tough Man Competition, only 12 of the original 24 competitors remained.

(To be honest, it was only 11. One of the competitors missed the event because he forgot what day of the week it was.  I am not saying he thought Day 2 was on a Friday and it was on a Thursday. I am saying he thought the day of the week he was actually living in was a Wednesday, meanwhile the rest of the country was living in Thursday. It must be nice to be in college.)

Without any pep talks or briefings, we moved right back into the competition.

Two names were pulled from the hat.
The card was picked to designate the event.
The coin was flipped.

We went to work.

ROUND 2 RESULTS

 
EVENTWINNER
(1) M.Castellano
1360 Seconds of Jump RopeClohessy (240)
(2) Clohessy
(3) Trunzo
14Chin Up HoldTrunzo (1:18)
(4) J.Martelle
(5) Heedles
15295lb BB HoldHeedles (48:2)
(6) Gucchione
(7) Fiore
16Kneeling Cable HoldFiore(32:2)
(8) Reyes
(9) Reyes
17Fat Grip Cable HoldReyes (1:39:8)
(10) Morano
(11) Pearce
1860 Seconds of Jump RopePearce (162)
(12) Forbes
(13) J.Castellano
19295lb BB HoldForbes (33:4)
(14) Forbes



ROUND 3 RESULTS

EVENTWINNER
(1) Fiore
19Broad JumpPearce 106.75"
(2) Pearce
(3) Trunzo
20295lb BB HoldHeedles (47:06)
(4) Heedles
(5) Forbes
2160 Seconds of Jump RopeClohessy (215)
(6) Clohessy
(7) Fiore
22Chin Up HoldTrunzo (53:5)
(8) Forbes
(9) Trunzo


ROUND 4 RESULTS

EVENTWINNER
(1) Clohessy
23Broad JumpClohessy (117.25")
(2) Trunzo
(3) Pearce
24295lb BB HoldPearce (41.5)
(4) Heedles


FINALS

EVENTWINNER
(1) Clohessy
25Chin Up HoldClohessy (41.5)
(2) Pearce


2011 Winter Tough Man Champion - Ted Clohessy

This is the second straight time Ted Clohessy has won this competition.
He is clearly one of the best competitors I have ever trained, coached, or competed against.

He is definitely not the fastest or the strongest athlete in our program, but he will not allow himself to lose.


2011 Winter Tough Man Champion - Ted Clohessy


Rookie of the Year - Ryan Pearce

Even though I coached Ryan in football for 3 years, I had no idea he was so competitive.

I started to see his competitive side during the winter sessions, when he kept beating everyone (including me) in the static ring holds.

Even though he is only in high school, he put up a great fight against Clohessy in the FINALS.


2011 Winter Tough Man Competition - Round 1 Results

Round 1 Recap

Below is a recap of the events that took place in Round 1 of the 2011 Tough Man Competition.

Even though the names were selected randomly, it appeared that each event had just the right combination of competitors.

For example, we never had a light athlete go against a heavy athlete in the chin up hold.

To make it even more interesting, we had 3 of our 24 competitors get sick before the competition.

Rather than give a few people a bye into Round 2, we randomly picked the names of three Round 1 losers to compete for a second time in order to get into Round 2. (2 of them actually capitalized on this opportunity).

Enclosed are the results from Round 1.

EVENTWINNER
(1) Fiore
1Fat Grip Cable HoldFiore (22.7)
(2) Olsen
(3) Heedles
2Chin Up HoldHeedles (1:29.7)
(4) P.Amerosi
(5) J.Castellano
3295lb BB HoldPearce (48.8)
(6) Pearce
(7) Gucchione
4Chin Up HoldTrunzo (1:19:7)
(8) Trunzo
(9) Reyes
5Fat Grip Cable HoldReyes (1:39:8)
(10) Morano
(11) Roman
6Kneeling Cable HoldM.Castellano (19.5)
(12) M.Castellano
(13) Clohessy
7Kneeling Cable HoldClohessy (44.75)
(14) Mulligan
(15) Armato
8295lb BB HoldJ.Martelle (42.2)
(16) J.Martelle
(17) Forbes
9295lb BB HoldForbes (56.3)
(18) Crisera
(19) Moreno
10Fat Grip Cable HoldMoreno (17.3)
(20 )Petito
(21) Dipolato
11Jump RopeJ.Castellano 
(22) J.Castellano
(23) P.Amerosi
12Jump RopeGucchione
(24) Gucchione