In a contest displaying brute strength, Endevr athlete Joel Dircks, competed in the North American Strongman National Championships in Gatinaeu, Quebec, Canada over Labor Day weekend. Dircks, entered the three-day competition hampered by two herniated discs in his back, which severely limited his deadlift power. Joel stated, “My back felt decent during the contest, no pain, just limited power.”
As the crowd cheered on, Joel Dircks gained ground in the standings by winning the log incline by completing 17 repetitions of 300 lbs. Overall though Joel stated, “I had four really good events, and 5 not so great events.” Overall Joel ended up 9th out of 12 athletes. The overall winner of the competition was Canadian Jean-Francois Caron.
Joel will continue to train/compete in order to move closer to his personal goal: “To one day hold the title of the strongest man in the world.”