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Training and Recovery After 40: Strongman Scott Kendall

Strongman Scott KendallWe caught up with Masters Strongman Scott Kendall, 44, after his second-place finish at the 2016 Alabama Strongest Man competition. This former high school baseball player found his Strongman passion after 40 – and like so many of us, is competing not only against himself but against the march of time. Here’s his story.

When I got into my 40’s, I took a hard look at myself. It was time to get back in shape, so I started looking for a way to do something I really enjoyed, that I could commit to. For years, I had been watching the World’s Strongest Man competitions on TV and loved the sport – so I told my wife I was going to give it a shot. With her support, I found the 2015 Alabama Strongest Man competition – and signed up.

At that time, I had been doing a traditional bodybuilding-style workout in the gym. On the day of the event, I was excited and nervous – my stomach was knotted up in a ball. I showed up not knowing anything about how the events go or what would happen – and I got a huge surprise. The whole Strongman community cheered me on. It was amazing how supportive everyone was – even in direct competition. I met people who became close friends and training partners, who were willing to give me advice.

After that first contest, I was beat up, hurting and frustrated – and took a couple of months off. But Strongman Bob Schwantz invited me to come train with him at his home in Columbus, Georgia. Getting there, training and getting home was an all-day affair on Saturdays, but it was worth it for how he helped me on my journey. He got me into the basics of Strongman, and laid the foundation for improving my abilities.

Today, I still train do event training on Saturdays, and train at the gym three days a week, preparing for Strongman by doing deadlifts, squats and overhead presses. I face big challenges starting late in life – my back, knees and shoulders ache and I struggle with stiffness and soreness after I work out. I had to take better care of myself. I was following Strongmen on social media – and learned about Play Again Now from Dimitar Savatinov on Instagram.

Now, I am real skeptical about all supplements – but with my second shot at the Alabama Strongman contest coming up, I started researching Play Again Now. My knee was really acting up, and I knew I had to try something. So, I started using Play Again Now. I don’t know how it works with other athletes, but I felt a real difference in a matter of days – and I’ve been a steady user ever since August 2016. My soreness wasn’t nearly as bad on Sundays after event training, and the results are consistent. I tried a lot of “joint supplements” before Play Again Now, and they just didn’t work. There’s no way I’m giving up Play Again Now – because if it ain’t broke, I’m not about to fix it!

My next big goal? I qualified for the Strongman Master’s competition in September 2017 – and want to be as good as I can be. I want to slowly work toward the Nationals and avoid injury. My current training partner is Scott Helms – the George State Strongman Chair who invited me to train with him after he beat me in Alabama. Scott is great at motivating me and identifying my weaknesses. I love Strongman – there just aren’t too many sports where your toughest competition is willing to help you get to the next level!

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1 Comment

  1. Thanks for the article! You guys rock!

    Comment by Scott Kendall on December 27, 2016 at 6:34 pm