Rotary Golf 2024

Show of strength

by | Jun 10, 2015 | Sports

Lucain Herrick displays power as ‘strongman’ competitor

By Greg Ford                                                                                                                                           Sports Editor                                                                                                     [email protected]

 

 

A few years ago Lucain Herrick decided that he was “fat and soft,” and so he took his 6-foot-2, 320-pound frame back to the gym.
However, after about a year of lifting, the 37-year-old Sachse resident found that he had “reached certain plateaus where I wanted to challenge myself and push myself to do something different.”
That “something different” turned out to be strongman competitions; events where burly, powerful individuals perform mighty feats that are far beyond the capabilities of most mortals.
These deeds involve large, heavy items that go by the names of kegs, sandbags, farmers’ blocks, Atlas stones log presses and others. Also, sometimes a deadlift — lifting weights while standing straight up — is one of the competitions.
“Sometimes they will do a medley,” Herrick noted. “You run with a keg, and maybe you have to go back and get another keg and load it. It just depends on what the promoter wants to do.”
Herrick competes at the amateur level, where, typically, depending on competition, there are about five events. Winning a competition as an amateur earns a spot at nationals, something Herrick did a few years back after capturing first in the strongman event in San Antonio.
He finished 18th at the nationals recently, and also got the chance to attend the Arnold Schwarzenegger Classic this past March in Ohio, which features various sports, including body building.
Making nationals is quite a step up from Herrick’s first competition, which took place about two years ago in Carrollton.
“It was very nerve-wracking. I didn’t know what to do,” Herrick said. “I didn’t even practice for it. I did horribly in it, and I think I almost got last. So, I met some people there, and I started training with them, and I met some more people and I found out where to get better.”
That eventually led him to his current coach David Hamilton, who trains Herrick at the American Indoor Soccer facility in Carrollton.
“He’s progressed a lot. He had that natural ability, the strength, but he’s gotten a lot more polished,” Hamilton said. “We’re going to tailor our training more towards (a particular competition), and especially about four weeks out, we’ll get a little more specific about what we are going to do.”
Herrick added, “I do a lot of core building, and a lot of shoulder pressing. My workout depends on whether I’m getting ready for a competition. Right now, I’m mixing in the implements in the competition into my workouts.”
Those sessions have helped turn Herrick into a 370-pound competitor (15 percent body fat), one, who, when not competing, works as flooring contractor. Also, the former Naaman Forest and Stephen F. Austin football player has to plan his meals, adding that his wife Ginger handles a lot of the peripheral details surrounding his competitions. Initially, he said, she was a little standoffish about him competing, but has come to embrace it.
Herrick’s next goal is to earn his pro card, which will allow him to compete in more events, including international ones in such locales as Canada, Brazil, Germany and Poland. That could happen as early as this Saturday, when Herrick is scheduled to compete in a tournament in San Jose.
“There are only three or four (events) a year where you can earn your pro card,” Herrick noted.
Herrick has trained extensively for the event, and whether he wins or not, that effort to get better will continue.

“I like to say pain tolerance is huge,” Herrick said. “A lot of times when you’re hurting and you’re holding something, you want to let it go, but you keep on holding, because that extra second could mean the difference in beating that guy next to you or not.”

Subscribe RH Love

0 Comments

Order photos

Related News

East girls kicking off postseason with Heath

East girls kicking off postseason with Heath

Amaya Dawkins (10) and the rest of Wylie East seniors will look to lead the Lady Raiders back to the state tourney as the playoffs start next week. East will kick things off in Caddo Mills on Tuesday, March 26 against the Rockwall-Heath Lady Hawks. (Tina Lopez/The...

read more
Lady Pirates to face Tyler Legacy in playoff-opener

Lady Pirates to face Tyler Legacy in playoff-opener

The first time Wylie took on Tyler Legacy this year, freshman Kennedy Butler (3) scored a pair of goals as part of a 2-2 draw. Next, the two squads will meet at City Bank Stadium in Forney in the bi-district round of the playoffs. (Tina Lopez/The Wylie News)  The...

read more
Big week keeps Raiders’ playoff hopes alive

Big week keeps Raiders’ playoff hopes alive

Matthew Deffo (8) races up field in Wylie East’s 3-1 win over Garland. Deffo had a pair of goals in the game, while assisting on the third to help the Raiders top the Owls. (Austin Smith/The Wylie News) The Wylie East Raiders are quite the run as the end of the...

read more
Late goal lifts Wylie girls over Lakeview

Late goal lifts Wylie girls over Lakeview

Cameron Pero (21) attacks a loose ball from the back post before putting it in the net for Wylie’s only tally of their 1-0 victory over Lakeview Centennial. A shot from Grace Paul was deflected to Pero, who buried it in the back of the net to give the Lady Pirates the...

read more
Wylie boys take control of district with shutout win

Wylie boys take control of district with shutout win

Zach Alsahli (7) tallied an assist in last week’s win over 2-0 North Garland. That was their only action of the week, with the victory keeping Wylie atop the District 9-6A standings. Oladipo Avowal/The Wylie News WYLIE – With six games to play, the Pirates soccer team...

read more
Raiders look to keep magic flowing against Rockwall

Raiders look to keep magic flowing against Rockwall

A pair of tight victories over Rockwall Heath and Duncanville have Wylie East in the regional bracket for the first time in school history this week. Those two wins are the first in the program’s history as well, and the Raiders will look to add to that total this...

read more
Defensive stop nets Raiders first playoff win

Defensive stop nets Raiders first playoff win

The Wylie East Raiders bested Rockwall Heath on Tuesday night by a score of 59-58. A late stop earned the Raiders a date with Duncanville in the area round this Thursday, Feb. 22. Tina Lopez/The Wylie News  On Tuesday, Feb. 20, the Raiders pulled off the 59-58...

read more
Rogers’ late-three lifts Pirates over Tyler Legacy

Rogers’ late-three lifts Pirates over Tyler Legacy

The Wylie Pirates are headed to the second round of the postseason following a 43-42 victory over Tyler Legacy. Next up, Wylie will face Lake Ridge this Thursday in the area round. Tina Lopez/The Wylie News  The Wylie Pirates are flying high after edging Tyler Legacy...

read more
Order photos