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Test of the Einherjar & Battle in the Blizzard Weekend!

January 26, 2019 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm


***LATE FEE KICKS IN FRI JAN 11th AT 11:59pm***


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The hit contest, Test of the Einherjar, returns to Viking Performance Training for its 4th edition… and this time… it spans TWO DAYS!

The most daunting of challenges populates day 1 – the Super Total meet!

Then the fabled Battle in the Blizzard shall face us on Day 2!


Bigger… better… the Einherjar are hungry to prove themselves as Odin calls upon his warriors at the ultimate time of need!

This will be a full SUPERTOTAL meet on Day 1!  The supertotal will consist of the two Olympic Weightlifting events, the snatch and the clean and jerk.  These will not be sanctioned, but will be judged near sanctioned standards and using top-of-the-line equipment.  Immediately following will be a non-sanctioned Powerlifting meet consisting of squat, bench press, and deadlift.

Competition in either only the Olympic Weightlifting or Powerlifting portions is allowed, but for the full Test of the Einherjar, the Supertotal must be completed!

The Einherjar were the chosen warriors of Odin, the valiant dead taken to his hall to train during the day to death…be reborn…and feast at night, until the end of the world!  Do you have what it takes???

Then, on Day 2, we walk into the frozen wilderness for the Battle in the Blizzard. Often simply called “The Blizzard”, this is the most rugged and unpredictable strongman competition you may ever see. The events will be blind; nothing will be announced until the morning of the competition! To make things even more interesting, all the events will be contested outside regardless of weather!



Viking Performance Training Presents

The 4th “Test of the Einherjar”

Supertotal Meet (Weightlifting + Powerlifting)


The Battle in the Blizzard (Blind Event Strongman Madness)

Promoter- Jay Handley and Paul Mouser

Date/Time- January 26th, the Test begins at 10:00am Saturday. Blizzard starts at noon on Sunday.

Location- Viking Performance Training, 141 Greenbag Rd., Morgantown WV 26501

Weigh-ins- Friday Jan 25th 5:00-7:00pm, Saturday Jan 26th 7:00-8:00am, Sunday 8am-9am

***Blizzard-only competitors may only weigh-in Sunday***

Rules/Safety Briefing- Saturday 9:00am. Mandatory for Super Total competitors

Sunday 11:00am. Mandatory for Blizzard competitors.


Open,   Teen,   Masters (40+)


Weight Classes (kilos/pounds)

Women’s – 53/117 , 58/128 , 63/139 , 69/152 , 75/165 , 90/198 , Unlimited

Men’s – 62/137 , 69/152 , 77/170 , 85/187 , 94/207 , 105/231 , 120/265  , Unlimited

Competitors may opt not to weigh in, but are not eligible for the Best Lifter awards or class awards (as it depends on bodyweight).


Awards- Viking themed awards, supplements, and gear for Best Male and Female Teen Lifter and the following Male & Female: Best Lifter, Best Weightlifting Total, Best Powerlifting Total, Best Snatch, Best Clean and Jerk, Best Squat, Best Bench Press, Best Deadlift.

Super Total Entry- Normal price, $72

Blizzard Entry – Normal price, $72

BOTH DAYS – first ten registered – $105       Normal price, $120


***LATE FEE kicks in Friday Jan. 11th***


No memberships are necessary.  $25 late charge. Includes t-shirt. Late entries are not guaranteed a shirt. We may or may not allow day-of entries. Additional shirts may be available for purchase.

Spectators only $10 (good for BOTH days), kids under 16 get in for free!


Contact Info– Jay Handley: email vikingperformancetraining@gmail.com, phone (304) 216-7496 and Paul Mouser at paul.d.mouser@gmail.com/(304) 614-5291



Event Rules (listed in order of contest*)

* Multiple flights may be held at same time, which may cause a different order of lifts for some classes; this will only occur if there is a very large number of lifters

Order will be Snatch, Clean & Jerk, Squat, Bench Press, Deadlift.

There will be 3 attempts each lift; attempts may not be lower than the previous attempt.

Weightlifting and Powerlifting flights will be used for each half of the contest, respectively!  This means that during the Snatch and Clean & Jerk portion of the event, attempts will be progressed based on amount of weight lifted, so YOU MAY FOLLOW YOURSELF.  A 2:00 break is allowed if a lifter has 2 attempts in a row.  For powerlifting portion, athletes will maintain the same flight order by weight class through all lifts and attempts.

The following equipment will be used:

  • Snatch, Clean & Jerk- Men will use a 20kg Uesaka competition bar, Women will use a 15kg Eleiko training bar. Uesaka plates.
  • Squat- Texas Squat Bar, iron plates.
  • Bench Press- Rogue Power Bar, iron plates.
  • Deadlift- Texas Deadlift Bar, iron plates.

Snatch and Clean & Jerks may be contested in increments as low as 1.0kg.  Squat, Bench Press, and Deadlift may be contested in increments as low as 2.5lb (we have 1 1/4 lb plates).

Snatch- The lifter will take the bar from ground to overhead in one single motion; arms must be locked and feet in parallel stance with straight legs, showing control of lift before the lift is complete.  No part of the lifter other than the feet may touch the ground.  Once bar begins upward movement there may not be any stopping of barbell’s upward motion.  Pressing the barbell overhead will be dismissal of the lift.  Contact of the bar with the head will cause a bad lift.  When lowering the bar, the bar must be lowered under control at least to the minimum of the shoulders (hands stay in contact with bar).  Dropping the bar from above the shoulders will result in an incorrect lift.

Clean & Jerk- The lifter will take the bar from ground to shoulder/chest in one single motion.  Bar will then be jerked or pressed overhead in one single motion.  This is one of the ONLY DISCREPANCIES BETWEEN TEST OF THE EINHERJAR AND SANCTIONED WEIGHTLIFTING- A Press IS allowed (if it’s good enough for Paul Anderson, a former USA Weightlifting Gold medalist and strength icon, it’s good enough for us!).  No part of the lifter other than the feet may touch the ground.  Once bar begins upward movement there may not be any stopping of bar’s upward motion.  The barbell must not touch the chest until it’s final motion on the clean.  During the clean the elbows or upper arms may not touch the thighs.  Only one jerk effort per clean is allowed.  The athlete MUST be motionless before starting the jerk.

Squat- Lifter will communicate to head judge, after walking the barbell out, that they are ready to begin.  Judge will give “squat” command.  Lifter squats to or below parallel and stands back up, without moving the feet.  Judge will call “rack” command after lifter is motionless.

Bench Press- Lifter will approach bench when given the command get ready, then unrack the barbell with or without a spotter.  Once spotter has removed contact and bar is motionless, judge will give “Lift” command and bar will be lowered to chest.  Bar must be motionless on chest before judge gives “Press” command and lifter presses weight up.  Once bar is motionless at arms’ length, judge will give the “Rack” command.

Deadlift- Once judge gives “Lift” command, lifter may approach the bar and deadlift with any foot placement.  Lifter may not hitch and bar may not have downward movement.  At full extension the lifter and bar must become motionless, and then judge will give the “Down” command.  The lifter MUST maintain control of the bar on the way down.


Singlets are NOT required.  Lift in whatever you’re comfortable in, so long as it’s not offensively minded!  Shirts are required for all lifts, shoes are required for all lifts EXCEPT deadlifts (socks only is fine).  Calf length socks MUST be worn for deadlifts.

Weightlifting belts, wrist wraps, neoprene elbow and knee sleeves are allowed.  No suits, lifting straps, knee wraps, or ply sleeves (note this is to minimize gear which may directly increase the force output).

General Rules

  • Supertotal Best Lifter awards will be decided using the Wilks Formula; for the Powerlifting and Weightlifting Best Lifter awards the Wilks and Sinclair formulas will be used, respectively.  In the event of a tie, we have swords and axes and will melee for the prize…or maybe MAS wrestle.
  • Sportsmanship is expected and required.  Strength sports are the greatest sports in the world, let’s keep it that way.
  • If you have a question, please ask! I would rather take a minute to clarify something than to see someone have a poor showing due to a misunderstanding





Date/Time- Sunday, Jan 27th.  Action begins at noon.

Location- Viking Performance Training, 141 Greenbag Rd, Morgantown, WV 26501

Weigh-ins- Begin at 8am. Weigh-ins will close at 8:30am, and athletes MUST be present by 11:00am regardless.

***lifters who competed on day 1 can “carry over” their weighin – they do NOT need to weigh in again***

Rules/Safety Briefing- 11:00am. This meeting is mandatory.


Open, Masters, Teen   *No novice class is offered at this meet. All of our other meets do offer Novice however*

Weight Classes (kilos/pounds)

Women’s – 53/117 , 58/128 , 63/139 , 69/152 , 75/165 , 90/198 , Unlimited

Men’s – 62/137 , 69/152 , 77/170 , 85/187 , 94/207 , 105/231 , 120/265  , Unlimited


Consolidation of some classes is possible.

Awards- Blizzard worthy awards for 1st place, custom Blizzard medals for 2nd and 3rd

Entry-  EARLY BIRD $57 for 1st ten registered only!  Normal entry $72.

Entries must be post marked by NO LATER THAN FRIDAY, Friday Jan 11th. $25 late charge. Late entries are not guaranteed a shirt.


Spectator fee – $10 (good for BOTH days), kids under 16 free

Hotel: contact us

Contact Info– Paul Mouser: kozbeesemail@yahoo.com, phone (304) 614-5291, OR Jay Handley: (304) 216-7496

The Events Are…

Not announced!

What do you mean “not announced”?

We are not announcing the events before the show! We are going SNOW BLIND!

What is this madness? Surely you jest!

Nope. Blind events. No one will know what the events are prior to the show. Attempts to bribe me will be futile… unless you pay my wife’s student loans off, I’ll fold for that.

Holy crap that’s awesome! So what information can you give us?

Here’s what I can tell you:

  • As many events as possible will be contested outdoors. Consider this an Appalachian “Iceman” contest
  • Events will be heavy and we will do our best to offer a well-rounded mix of five events. If conditions are anything like 2015, the weights will be deceiving and the events will be much harder than the weights indicate. Try lifting a 300lb atlas stone in freezing rain and you’ll see what I mean. Do not expect PRs in a meet this rugged.
  • Be ready for a high level of competition because only the toughest, grittiest, most fearless competitors will be coming out for a contest like this


General Rules/Usual Mouser Stuff

  • In the event of a tie in the final standings, 1st place finishes will decide the winner. If there is still a tie, then 2nd place finishes will be the determinant, and so on. If a tie cannot be broken this way, athletes will compete in a tie breaker.
  • Sportsmanship is expected and required. This is the greatest sport in the world, let’s keep it that way.
  • There will be a pre-event prayer. No one is expected to participate, so please do not feel obligated. All we ask is to be respectful of those that do or do not wish to participate.
  • This is a drug free contest. If you are juiced feel free to come cheer on your buddies but please do not bother to sign up. Don’t be surprised if I show up with a duffel bag full of drug testing kits!
  • If you have a question, please ask! I would rather take a minute to clarify something than to see someone have a poor showing due to a misunderstanding.



Test of the Einherjar Weekend 2019

Two days of might, muscle, and mayhem In consideration of your acceptance of this entry, I hereby, for myself, my heirs, executors and administrators, and my assignees, waive, and release all rights and damages I may have against Paul Mouser, Jerry Handley,The City of Morgantown, Viking Performance Training, and all sponsors of the event, their representatives and assigns, for any and all injuries incurred by me in conjunction with this competition and in traveling to and from the event. And in further consideration of permission being granted to me to participate in the Test of the Einherjar Weekend and its related events, I hereby grant Viking Performance Training and/or any other approved video or entertainment organization and all of their agents, successors, licensees, and assigns, the right to photograph or otherwise reproduce (whether by film, tape, still photography or otherwise) my voice, appearance, and name, and to exhibit, distribute, transmit, and/or otherwise exploit any and all media, including without limitation, by means of still photography, motion pictures, radio, television, television motion pictures, video, printing or any other medium now known or hereafter devised, including with respect also to any merchandising, advertising, and/or publicity, and the right to use my name and information about me in any connection with any of the foregoing. The rights granted by me hereunder are granted for the entire universe and shall endure in perpetuity and no further compensation shall be payable to me at anytime in connection therewith. Nothing contained herein shall be deemed to obligate Viking Performance Training, and/or any other approved video or entertainment organization, to photograph or otherwise reproduce my voice, appearance or name, or to make use of any rights granted herein. I also understand that the aforementioned rights may be reassigned at any time without further consent. I understand that Viking Performance Training, and/or any other approved video or entertainment organization are videotaping and photographing the Event in express reliance upon foregoing, and I represent and agree that I am free to grant the rights granted to Viking Performance Training and/or any other approved video or entertainment organization hereunder. Therefore I affix my signature below:

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January 26, 2019
8:00 am - 5:00 pm


Paul Mouser and Jerry Handley
304 614 5291
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Viking Performance Training
141 Greenbag Road
Morgantown, 26501 United States
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(304) 216-7496
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