YOKE WALKS SO FAST, SO FAR UNDER TIME, IF YOU BLINKED YOU'D MISS THEM!
Sunday April 30th saw a return of The Beast, when Chris Noonan, Steve Cyr, Ryan Aruck and Tyler Rabin all competed, along with their resource mentor and teammate Seth Carbonneau, at the Maine StrongMan 6 in Augusta, MA.
The guys were flying through their classes and none of them came even close to the time limit. As always, Seth Carbonneau was in top form with his 500lb. load – so fast we didn't even get all the video!
Chris Noonan was struggling for much of the day until this point, but his stable core not only made up for lost time, but also saved him on a couple potential stumbles under the weight of his 600 lb. yoke. Proof that keeping a stable midsection allows you to keep the weight up. The guys were allowed as many drops as possible, but Noonan refused to use the privilege, instead favoring time.
Ryan Aruck has come a long way with the yoke, and getting under 800 lbs. with no drops is proof of his progress over the past year, when he would occasionally destabilize under less weight.
Both Tyler Rabin and Stephen Cyr moved 500 lbs. quickly, both gliding in to a sliding stop which shows how much momentum they were able to create. The rules state that any part of the yolk can cross the line for the event to be considered "completed," so often competitors take advantage of this privilege by allowing the apparatus to slide forward just as they reach the line – a proven trick to ensure you "made it."