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With NAS Nationals less than a week in the past, it’s been a great time of reflecting on what was seen and experienced in Reno, Nevada.

NAS Nationals is the premier stop for all top-tier amateur strongmen (and women!) looking to compete and prove themselves against the best qualified competitors from all over.  This year’s contest, which didn’t even include Master’s Competitors or Women’s Heavyweights, was the LARGEST strongman competition in history with over 200 competitors!  The quality of the competition definitely didn’t disappoint either, with numerous competitors being at Nationals several times before being challenged by many of the strongmen and strongwomen new to the national scene.  Also, as was expected, the events were simply HEAVY!!

The competition was indeed for everyone.  The lightweight 120lb women competed just as fiercely as the super-heavyweight men, and everyone there loved it.  The strongman community is one based on blasting perceptions, shattering personal bests, and being around others who enjoy the same thing- and enjoy being there and helping you achieve these things through encouragement even as they wait their turn to compete.

Team VPT Valkyrie Meg Ayers did a truly fantastic job, and it was great to see her get to compete at a national competition and truly show that she’s one of the best strongwomen in the country.  Just recently training in a gym with a full strongman arsenal, it will be fantastic to see what she can achieve with a full year of training and this new experience to draw from.  There will be more national and big-time competitions in the future!

From what I saw in the heavyweight and super-heavyweight class, I also can’t wait to see what Team VPT Berserker Jamie Blake can do in the field, because I’m confident he could have been right there with them (Jamie was unfortunately sidelined for 6 weeks from a misdiagnosed injury, but is 100% healthy and focused on the coming year).

The other competitors from West Virginia, Dan Caraway, Ben Woods, and Dusty Davis, all prepared well and gained valuable experience as well.

The future of strongman looks great, and especially in the state of West Virginia- can’t wait to see what these athletes do, and Viking Performance Training is going to help them make their ancestors proud!

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