So, StrongMen like numbers. BIG numbers. It seems all they ever think about is numbers, numbers, numbers. So much so that their competitive classes have long been missing the human labels for body weight so common to other sports. Often you win in the "201lb to 230b" class, which is a great accomplishment, but lacks the joie de viv and sparkle of just saying, like: "Yeah, I crushed the Light Heavyweights!"
Recently the North American StrongMan (NAS) Corporation (yes, folks – it is a corporation) has changed it's weight class classifications, suggesting more descriptive for the weight class divisions. Now, you are not just a 201-230 guy - you are a "Light Weight Plus!" (Which we guess is just a polite way of call ing a lightweight fat, maybe . . . ?)
But the big news is not in the language but in the addition of a new type of StrongMan competitor classification: the "StrongMan Fitness" divisions. These are basically classes designed for lighter or smaller men and women (well, lighter and smaller as relative to the beasts that typically compete in StrongMan - which often are bumping around the upper 200lb. range).
If it seems like StrongMan is making a move to capture the CrossFit competitors, you're guessing right. While no such official statement has been made, it is a pretty transparent move. The weights and divisions are very close in capacity to the (far more corporate) CrossFit games. In order to keep up with the Joneses, steps must be taken to not lose market share in an already small niche sport.
Likewise, with the Arnold Sports Festival – the Disney World of muscle sports – fast bearing down on us, the additions were a vital move for NAS. StrongMan is already in the Arnold, and this is one way to capitalize on the excitement of the festival towards encouraging participation the rest of the year.
One more note: as of the time of this posting, these new divisions were not listed on the actual NAS website, but were merely floating around the social-network sphere (and hence how they ended up here on The Snoop). So you may want to grab that image. (Or subscribe to the blog – which we obviously would prefer!)
What? Are you surprised that the listing could only be found at random? Did you actually expect an entity that controls a sport to post essential, game-influencing information immediately to their website?! Don't be silly!
They clearly have too many numbers on their mind.