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Thomas sweeps nationals

Friday, July 20, 2012

Jed Thomas poses with his trophy at Peak Performance Gym, Brazil, where he trains. Thomas swept his weight class at the July contest.
Northview 2012 graduate Jed Thomas qualified for Teen Strongman Nationals in January and then swept his weight class at the July nationals contest.

The lightweight division -- which Thomas participates in -- is for athletes 200 pounds and under.

The contest took place on the boardwalk in front of Caesar's Palace in Atlantic City, N.J., on Saturday, July 7, and consisted of six events.

"There was a 250-pound steel log press for reps, (then) there was Hussefelt Stone, which is a stone shaped like a coffin," Thomas said. "It's a big steel stone and (you) carry (it) in the sand for max distance, and it weighed 250 pounds."

Thomas said there was also a relay portion of the contest and a keg toss.

"There was a yoke and farmer medley, and it's like a relay race. It was a 600-pound yoke ... you carry it on your back and then you go down and you pick up the farmer's and carry it back. There was a keg toss over a15-foot bar, were six kegs.

According to Thomas, the last two events were the hardest.

"There was a giant circus dumbbell press, which is like the biggest, goofiest dumbbell you've ever seen in your life," Thomas said. "(It had) 3-inch handles and it weighed 100 pounds ... (actually) I think it was a little bit over 100 pounds. The last event was kegs in the water ... there were three kegs out in the ocean about 15-feet out and one was 150, one was 200 and one was 225 (pounds). You had to run out, get (one), bring it back and go out and get the next one."

Thomas said the kegs in the water event was something he had never heard of, but it didn't matter, as he swept the entire contest -- including the events he was unfamiliar with.

Jed Thomas carries a 600-pound yoke at July's Teen Strongman Nationals event in Atlantic City, N.J., which he swept.
"I won every single one ... it wasn't easy, and I never took one event off -- I went as hard as I could," Thomas said. "We've trained so hard here (at Peak Performance Gym), we've (gone) to state parks and trained in the sand and we've trained outside in the 100 degree heat. There just wasn't anyone there that could match my conditioning."

Thomas said winning didn't hit him until later.

"It was the greatest feeling ever ... after that last event I just laid down ,and I was so tired my muscles were all cramped," Thomas said. "I was just ready for awards to get over, and driving back to the hotel it hit me ... it's just the greatest feeling in the world."

For now, Thomas plans to take some time off from the strongman training, as he gets ready to attend college at Indiana State University in the fall.

Thomas -- who is now ranked as the number one strongest 200-pound teen -- credits his family, friends and trainers for all their help along the way.

"I couldn't have done it without my trainers -- Jeremy Peevler and Mike Gugino -- and I definitely couldn't have done it without my friends and family," Thomas said. "Everyone who just supported me and helped me along the way. Peak Performance Gym has been my home away from home these past couple months. It's great to have worked so hard and put all that time and effort in (to go out and win)."

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So proud of you Jed! Congratulations!!!!!

-- Posted by Proud of My Country on Fri, Jul 20, 2012, at 9:43 PM

You deserve the win, Jedro!! Congratulations! You've trained hard and it paid off! I'm so proud of you!!!

-- Posted by Emmes on Sat, Jul 21, 2012, at 1:05 PM

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