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The Battle in the Blizzard (NAS Level II, State Championships)

February 21, 2015

Viking Performance Training

A cold wind is blowing in a contest unlike any other. Outdoor events in the height of the Appalachian cold season; unspoken events decided in secret and not announced until a week before the show; NAS level II which means hard, heavy, and brutal events.


Viking Performance Training Presents

The 1st Annual “Battle in the Blizzard”

Level II Contest, WV State Championships

(North American Strongman Inc. membership REQUIRED of all competitors)



Promoter- Paul Mouser & Jay Handley

Date/Time- Saturday, Feb 21st . Action begins at noon.

Location- White Park Shelter, Hite St, Morgantown, WV

Weigh-ins- Begin at 8am. Please contact Jay or Paul prior to coming down to weigh-in, as there may not be someone present at all times to conduct the weigh-in. Weigh-ins will close at 10:00am, and athletes MUST be present by 10:00am regardless. Rules/Safety Briefing- 11:00am. This meeting is mandatory.


Women’s  0-120, 121-140,  141-160, 161-180, 181-200, & 201+

Men’s Open 0-150, 151-175, 176-200, 201-231,  232-265, 266-300, 301+

Novice & Masters Men’s LW 0-200, MW 201-265, and HW 266 +,

Consolidation of some classes is possible. I will do my best not to consolidate. Top two Men’s Open finishers in each class receive invites to Nationals. Top three in Masters, Mighty Atom, and Women’s classes receive invites.

Awards- Giant trophies for 1st, medals for 2nd-3rd

Entry- $50. Must have NAS membership card present or YOU CAN PURCHASE MEMBERSHIPS AT THE SHOW with cash or check. Entries must be post marked by NO LATER THAN FRIDAY, Friday Feb 6th. $25 late charge. Includes t-shirt. Late entries are not guaranteed a shirt. Day of entries are $85 and include a stern talking to and pamphlet about decision making. Additional shirts will be available for purchase. Reverse entry rule. Online payment coming soon at www.vikingperformancetraining.com


Clarion Hotel Morgan 127 High Street Morgantown, WV US, 26505-5412 +1 (304) 292-8200

Checks and entry forms to- Paul Mouser, 1465 Barry St, Fairmont, WV, 26554.

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

Jay Handley: (304) 216-7496

The Events Are…

Not announced! We are going SNOWBLIND!

What do you mean “not announced”?

We are not announcing the events until one week before the show!

What is this madness? Surely you jest!

Nope. Blind events. No one will know what the events are until a week prior. Attempts to bribe me will be futile… unless you pay my 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
  • I’m a jerk and I don’t like tacky, knee wraps, and super suits. These will not be allowed on any event that we happen to do here. Send your angry letters to the emails listed above. Please keep death threats to a minimum.
  • Events will be heavy and we will do our best to offer a well-rounded mix of five events.
  • 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 🙂

Blizzard Event List and Rules 15’

(subject to change)


Division Farmers Press Medley Arm Over Arm Pull Stone Shoulder Nail Bending Axle DL (Tie Only)
Women 150 Log 110, Axle 120, Log 135, Axle 135, DB 80 ~200 115, 150 Cut steel, Cut steel, 40D 200
“Mighty Atom” Men’s 150 170 Keg 100, DB 80, Log 130, Concrete Block 125, Axle 160 ~230 150, 175 Cut Steel, 40D, 40D 275
Masters 200 Keg 125, DB 105, Log 175, Concrete Block 135, Axle 200 ~300 175, 200 Cut Steel, 40D, 40D 375
 Open LW 220 Keg 150, DB 105, Log 200, River Stone 170, Axle 215 ~350 200, 240 40D x 3 375
Open MW 240 Keg 150, DB 125, Log 215, River Stone 170, Axle 235 ~400 220, 273 40D, 60D Timber Tie x 2 415
Open HW 280 Keg 200, DB 140, Log 240, Granite Block 194, Axle 270 ~450 240, 289 40D, 60D Timber Tie, Real 60D 455



Equipment Note: Gloves or other cold protection may be allowed on any given event at the judge’s discretion due to safety concerns. Grabbing steel bare handed when it’s -15 degrees out can cause serious skin damage and worse. Please bring any safety concerns to the attention of the head judge immediately.


Over Head Press Medley

  • Objects must be lifted in order
  • Last object will be lifted for reps (press only after initial clean)
  • 75sec time limit
  • Athlete must wait for “down” signal to receive credit for each lift
  • Knees, hips, and elbows must be extended with feet flat, aligned, and within shoulder width (no staggered stance) to receive credit.
  • Object must be stabilized overhead before down signal will be given. Any movement of the feet must cease before signal will be given as well.
  • Equipment allowed: one belt, buckle free sleeves, wrist wraps.




Stone Shouldering

  • 75sec time limit
  • 1pt for the lighter stone per rep, 5pts for the heavier stone per rep
    • May be head to head
  • Athletes must wait for the down signal to receive credit for a lift
  • To receive a down signal, athletes must have the stone balanced on either shoulder, have the feet flat and not moving and not more than shoulder width apart (no staggered stance), with the knees and hips extended, and the back straight. The lifter and the stone must be stationary and stable; control must be exhibited.
  • Once the lifter is ready, he/she must remove the hand of the opposite shoulder from the stone to show a full lift and receive a down signal.
  • Equipment allowed: neoprene sleeves, one belt, duct tape or athletic tape on forearms with sticky side down, leather gauntlets
  • Equipment not allowed: anything not listed above which includes tacky, rubber sleeves, grip tape, modified belts, rocket packs, etc.

Farmers Walk, Max Distance

  • May be changed to a Farmers Hold for time, no straps.
  • 60sec to go as far as possible
  • When you drop one or both of the implements, your run is over and your distance will be recorded. This includes rounding turns.


  • Equipment: Buckle free sleeves and one belt are OK. No straps.

Arm Over Arm Pull

  • 60sec
  • Pulling sled loaded with kegs or giant chains ~50ft
  • Fastest time wins. Distance will be credited if course is not finished.
  • Athlete will be seated in tire with feet braced.
  • Equipment: same as everything else.

Nail Bending

  • 75sec
  • Each athlete will be challenged with 3 nails or nail equivalents. The athlete will receive the nails in order from their designated lane manager, and they must be bent in the order received.
  • Fastest time to bend all 3 nails wins.
  • If someone does not finish all 3, they will be credited with the ones they did complete.


  • Nails must be bent (or broken) to the appropriate degree (think as close to a “U” shape as possible) or credit will not be given. Leave no more than 2inches space between the inside borders of the tips. When the athlete feels he/she has bent the nail to the appropriate degree, he/she must set the nail down on the platform provided and remove his/her hands from it. After the athlete has completed his/her heat, the referee will check the nails to ensure their completion. Credit will only be given for nails that comply with the bending requirements. Make sure each nail is bent properly before tossing it to the ground!
  • Nails may not touch the ground or other objects besides the athlete’s body during an attempt
  • Equipment allowed: buckle free sleeves, one belt (nails will be pre-wrapped)

Tie Breaker

  • In the event of a tie in the final standings, standard methods will be executed to determine a winner based on 1st places finishes, seconds, thirds, and so on.
  • If these methods fail to break the tie, the athletes in question will compete in an Axle Deadlift for Reps in 60sec.
  • Hitching is legal, standard lockout rules apply.
  • There will be a “down” signal AND a “lift” signal. These will not be slam and go reps.
  • Belts and sleeves only, no suits or straps. Shoes required. Keep your stinky sock feet covered up.


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.
  • 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.


Battle in the Blizzard

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, North American Strongman, Inc., Dione Wessels, 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 Battle in the Blizzard and its related events, I hereby grant NAS, Inc. 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 NAS, INC., 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 NAS, Inc., 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 NAS INC. and/or any other approved video or entertainment organization hereunder. Therefore I affix my signature below:

  • Contestant's Name
  • MM slash DD slash YYYY
    Please enter your date of birth.
  • Your best contact phone
  • *Must have 5 in a class or it will be consolidated with the next class up.
  • Example: 5ft 11in
    Tee Shirt Size
  • Bio Sheet

    Bio Sheet (please complete, the audience would like to meet you!)
  • Please list imediate family members.
  • $0.00
The Battle in Blizzard (NAS Level II), Morgantown, WV at VPT



February 21, 2015
Event Category:


Mouser Strength Dynamics
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White Park Shelter
Hite St
Morgantown, WV United States
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