As he ages, Cogar adds, "I simply can't do what I did in the past, and that realization was a hard pill to swallow. I have to eat less, do more and lift lighter - all the while balancing a fine line between overtraining and getting better."
Pfister approaches training and commitment much like Cogar as he, too, has a family and a full-time job. Take a peek at one of Pfister's workouts and you'll stare in disbelief. These incredible displays of brute strength, however, are only appetizers on his workout menu.
In addition to lifting unreasonable amounts of weight, Pfister and other West Virginia strongmen got together to complete nine events in three days - carrying cars, pulling trucks and airplanes and throwing kegs to prepare their bodies to compete with other worldwide contenders.
Pfister reveals that he spends 10 to 20 hours a week alone stretching and recovering from his workouts. Imagine that commitment. This includes water work, light weight work, massage and stretching with a foam roller. He also is increasing his sleep in the weeks before the event.
When asked about the World's Strongest Man contest, Pfister was more inclined to talk about the family fun that will be set up at the contest venues Sept. 6, 7, 12 and 13.
He said, "Chesapeake Energy, along with three social service agencies, is putting together the Strong Families Festival, featuring kid-friendly activities and will serve a variety of children's needs. There will be something for everyone including inflatables, games and giveaways on Magic Island, Kanawha Boulevard and Coonskin Park."
Cogar said Siders just received his invitation to compete in the event about two weeks ago. "A short time to prepare for an event, but nothing a man who squats over 1,000 pounds can't handle."
He said he hopes all of West Virginia will come out to support Pfister and Siders.
Now, Charleston, no excuses. Make your commitment to witness this amazing exhibition of power, endurance and unimaginable strength. What you'll see is nothing short of an Olympic effort, and we need to support our home-grown guys who are evidence that Charleston is not such an unhealthy place to live after all.
Cindy Boggs, fitness presenter, author and Activate America director, has been an ACE-certified coordinator/instructor since 1989. Send your questions about fitness, training or health to YMCA of Kanawha Valley, 100 YMCA Drive, Charleston, WV 25311, or e-mail cindys...@aol.com. Look for Cindy's fitness advice book, "CindySays ... You Can Find Health in Your Hectic World" on her Web site www.cindysays.com or contact the YMCA at 340-3527.