Remick to compete at world championships
OSKALOOSA — Spenser Remick, a Strongman competitor, took eighth place at his first-ever Nationals contest, earning the opportunity to participate in the Amateur Arnold World Strongman Championships in March.
“(Competing in the world championships) has been my goal since I started,” Remick said.
Remick, a 2005 Mt. Pleasant Community High School grad who currently lives in Oskaloosa, competed in his first Strongman event in March 2011, and took part in the North American Strongman National Championships in Tunica, Miss., in November 2012.
He qualified for the national competition in November 2011 as well, but passed on that opportunity until he could get some more experience.
This time, he was ready.
Among other events, he had to do a yoke and frame carry, carry a Husafell stone as far as he could, and lift a 200-pound dumbbell over his head as many times as possible in the competition.
He finished in eighth place out of 43 competitors, and the top 15 advanced to the Amateur Arnold World Championships.
Named for Arnold Schwarzenegger, the championships begin on March 1 in Columbus, Ohio, and the top 10 competitors from that day will move on to the second day of competition on March 3.
The amateur world championships are part of the Arnold Sports Festival and Fitness EXPO, which runs from Feb. 28 to March 3 in the Greater Columbus Convention Center, and includes such events as the USA Powerlifting Championships, a table-tennis challenge, MMA workshops, cheerleading and dance events, and a jump rope clinic.
According to the sports festival website, the event draws more than 18,000 athletes who compete in more than 45 sports and events — including 12 Olympic sports — and more than 175,000 fitness enthusiasts.
The amatuer world championship competition was started in 2010. It has had two American winners and one winner from Poland.
“The format (for the world championships) is similar to nationals, just heavier and against better competition,” Remick said. “Guys from all over the world will be coming to compete there.”
Remick will be competing against people traveling from Russia, England and France, among many other places.
To prepare, he has been doing a little traveling himself — to Council Bluffs.
“I’m meeting with a group of guys that I train with for special events,” Remick said.
He’s competed with and against these guys for the last couple of years, and he has made the six-hour round-trip every Sunday for the last seven or eight weeks.
“It’s definitely worth the trip,” Remick said.
On his own, Remick does some training at Central College and William Penn. He graduated from Central in 2009 and got his masters in business leadership from William Penn, where he was also a graduate assistant strength and conditioning coach.
However, Strongman competitions include unique events, which use equipment that’s not typically found it a gym. He does own some of that unique equipment, such as a dumbell that he can fill with sand and a stone, but that still doesn’t cover all the events.
That’s why he drives to Council Bluffs — to train with, for example, a yoke and frame, which he will have to drag on day one of the world championships.
Other day-one events are a Ford Focus car deadlift medley, a house of pain giant wheelbarrow load and carry, and an axel press.
Remick’s goal for the weekend is to finish in the top 10 after those four events so that he can continue the competition.
“I’d like to ... compete on the second day,” Remick said.
Remick is the son of Joe and Carol Remick of rural Hillsboro. His brother Carson is a junior at MPCHS, and his sister Morgan is a senior at Central College. Carol will be traveling to Columbus to see the strongman competition. Joe and Carson will also attend if Carson’s basketball season has ended.
The championships begin at 8 a.m. on Friday, March 1.