I got back Monday from Colorado, where I was able to participate as a judge during the International Tactical Strength Challenge (TSC). Adam and Heather at Core Elements in Grand Junction put on a hell of a show.
The TSC is the brainchild of Russian Kettlebell madman Pavel Tsatsouline. Three events are tested:
Here’s What I saw
We talked about why we were there quite a bit and came up with a few common denominators in the group. We compete because:
1. It gives you a goal to focus on. It’s just too easy to get distracted (for me) without a concrete goal to prepare for.
2. You meet incredible people. This is what I love the most. The absolutely monstrous Greg Fedderson killed it in every event. He drove all the way over from Salt Lake, just like I did, and we had never met until we got to Grand Junction.
3. In my limited experience, everyone at the TSC genuinely wants everyone else to do better. I had the paranoid thought before I competed in October of 2008 that no matter what I did, someone would do it better and then scream “In your face, Hanagarne!” before putting me in a headlock. But the opposite happens. Personal records drop right and left because everyone feeds off the energy (and it’s fun to show off).
The informal nature of the TSC is also part of the charm. If you have any interest in doing a competition but don’t feel ready or comfortable with a powerlifting meet or bodybuilding show, the TSC is a perfect place to get your feet wet. The next one will be in the fall. It’s an international competition with plenty of U.S. locations. Visit the website to find the one closest to you.
You won’t regret it.