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What is the TSC?

The Tactical Strength Challenge or The TSC for short was once designed by Pavel in 2002 to help military and law enforcement carry out their day to day duties. It became such a popular event that it now performed by athletes all around the world twice a year. It is the perfect blend of strength and conditioning that does not favour any particular gender, body type, profession or size.

The TSC represents all of the three main strength modalities, a max Barbell Deadlift (three attempts), max reps in the Tactical Pull-up and max reps with the Kettlebell Snatch (in 5 minutes). There is no advantages given for people who are particularly big or small. The combination of these lifts in the same event require participants to be well-rounded in all three disciplines.

Why Compete?

That all sounds well and good, and most of you who are reading this have a pretty good idea about what goes into preparing for such an event so it goes without saying, this is no walk in the park (big surprise). The big question most of you are asking (and the main reason behind writing this blog post) is “Why the hell would I want to do something like this?”.

Good question. Here’s a better question you should ask yourselves, “Why the hell NOT!?”. Let me explain.

I get to see many, many people from all walks come in through our doors at Valkyrie. The first thing we work out is why they are here and what they want to achieve. Here are the “Big Three”.

  1. I want to feel STRONG!
  2. I want to feel healthy (again)
  3. I want to feel part of something bigger than myself

That’s it. When you boil it down, this is what most of our members want from their training and their gym. Guess what, The TSC will give you all of this plus bragging rights for the biggest Deadlift in your circle of friends (extremely valuable). The TSC also encourages individuals to come together as a community and work towards a common goal. What better feeling than hitting a new personal record to then hear the roar of excitement from your fellow competitors?

The Events

Max Powerlift Deadlift

The Deadlift is often referred to as the king of all lifts. It’s transfer to many different sports/ activities and it’s value as an exercise is unbeatable. The TSC requires a max deadlift to showcase the athletes dedication to strength. For larger athletes this lift is often more favourable whilst smaller folk may find this one to be a challenge.

The Tactical Pull-Up/ Flexed Arm Hang

The pull-up is a great show of upper body strength and endurance. To lift yourself up above a bar is a simple task, but don’t confuse simple with easy. Like The Deadlift, improving strength of the bar is slow and requires time. The Flexed Arm Hang is the regression of The Pull-Up that is performed by women in the lower divisions. Again, sounds quite manageable but for the average Joe or Jane, not such an easy task. The Pull-Up is for max repetitions and Flexed Arm Hang is for max time above the bar.

Kettlebell Snatch (max reps in 5 minutes)

The Kettlebell Snatch (one of my personal favorites of the TSC) is arguably one of the most challenging events. It combines strength and endurance in an all out race to the finish line. The output produced by an individual completing this event is through the roof with an experience athlete being able to snatch a 24kg bell 100 times or more (that’s 2400kg of load in under 5 minutes). Training for this event requires an iron body and mind.

When Is The TSC?

Valkyrie will be hosting the TSC this year on the 4th of May. If you’re interested in taking on the challenge please speak to me. I’ll be able to break it all down for you and point you in the right direction. Training for this event should not be taken lightly!

The next event will take place in October later this year! Be sure to stay connected with us to find out any new information.

The old saying goes, “If you don’t know where you’re going, any road will get you there.” Training is no different. If you lack a specific goal, the time you spend training may easily become a collection of random acts.

The StrongFirst Tactical Strength Challenge is a goal worthy of your efforts.

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