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Events

At Progressive Training Systems we are involved with a large number of competitions as we believe that it can drive people to be more than they ever expected! As well as being very active on the competition scene in numerous sports, we also host our own competitions at the PTS gym in Northampton.

To see dates and details of our upcoming competitions and to sign up to compete in them or to purchase spectator tickets please follow this link to go to our Facebook page and then follow the tabs to the relevant event:
https://www.facebook.com/ProgressiveTrainingSystems/

Dead Strong

Dead Strong Event

This is a strength competition where all of your lifts are compared to your bodyweight via a formula known as Wilks. As there is no weight classes and all the weights are nominated by the lifter this is a great way to get introduced to competition in a low-key and friendly way, but also experienced and advanced lifters can see how they stack up against any other lifter, male or female, in the contest! A typical set-up for the Dead Strong competitions is to have a deadlift event (where you have to lift a weight from the floor to lockout with your legs. We use all sorts of different bars for different competitions), an overhead event (where you have to lift a weight from the floor to lockout overhead, like barbells, axles, logs) and a bench press event (where you have to lift a weight to lockout while lying down). We also sometimes throw in an extra event, for example we have pulled trucks, or done a yoke carry with a weight you nominate. We have held five Dead Strong competitions so far, here are links to the videos of them (although it looks like we didn't film number 3!), and keep an eye out for the date of the next one!

Powerlifting

As a sport powerlifting is very simple. It always revolves around nominating and successfully lifting the most weight you can to the judges satisfaction in the barbell squat, bench press and deadlift.

As the sport is very consistent and controlled it is a great sport to get involved with as there are no real surprises once you know what it's about. You compete against yourself and can compete at any level you are capable of. This makes it a great sport to be involved with if you train at a gym like PTS, and as a result we have had a very large number of people join our ever growing powerlifting competition team! As a gym we compete in the GBPF federation in powerlifting, and we usually head to other venues to compete, however we have held one competition which was the East Midlands GBPF Championships on the 23rd of November 2014 (unfortunately we didn't capture this one on film as we were so busy organising it!). We had to borrow competition specification equipment for that competition, so the plan is now to purchase a full set of our own and then host GBPF events on a regular basis. Stay tuned for more information as to when we'll be holding more powerlifting competitions!

Strongman

Strongman Event

We have held quite a few strongman and strongwoman competitions at our gym! Our very first one was East Midland's Strongest Woman in February of 2013, which in the line-up had current stars like Donna Moore, Meg Robson, Stacey Lockyer and Jenny Todd in their first competition days! We now hold regularly the events for Britain's Strongest Woman (The most prestigious strongwoman title in the whole country), East Midland's Strongest, Northamptonshire's Strongest and the Progressive Strongest Novice, as well as other events. Typical tests in these competitions include deadlifting with various different bars and weights, lifting awkward weights overhead like logs, axles, kegs and dumbbells, pushing and pulling objects like sleds and vehicles, pulling objects on ropes, carrying objects like the yoke, farmer's walk handles, kegs, sandbags and more! Here are links to the videos of some of the competitions we have held at PTS so far, stay tuned for dates of all the upcoming competitions!

If you want to keep up with us competing in all the other competitions we compete in at other venues, check out our Youtube channel at PTS YouTube Channel
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Latest News
  • Progressive Strongest Novice Competition 5th & 6th Nov 2016

    By Ali Wilson Progressive Strongest Novice Competition 2016! Well… That was a bit different! ‘Ghetto As F***’ would be a good subtitle for this competition! But just because it was ghetto (compared to our normal competitions) doesn’t mean it was less of a standard! Being caught in-between units for the gym move thanks to lawyers being on holiday in half term has caused some stress (massive understatement!), and trying to get things sorted in time for this competition has been so frustrating! But you know what? I move forward, NO MATTER WHAT. So the competition was outside, in the car […]

  • PTS Fitness Competition Results 24th Sept 2016

    By Ali Wilson The first PTS Fitness Competition is over! And what jolly good fun it was too! And by jolly good fun I of course mean being thoroughly entertained by the diverse array of hilarious effort faces and expressions of pain I was privileged to see all day! Blimey though, my poor throat! Feels like I’ve eaten a sandpaper salad and washed it down with a pint of bleach! Anyway… Congratulations to everyone that took part and made today an awesome competition! The battle for top three places was pretty epic, dramatic and close! Well done to Michelle Steenhuis and […]