ASL: So Mark, I understand that you have news to tell us about your strongman debut right?
Keshishian: This past fall, I got the opportunity to enter in two StrongMan contests. The first was the Full Strength Challenge in Las Vegas. The second was The Strongest Man Alive contest in St. Louis. Las Vegas was fun, but dissipating. The first event was the Farmer's walk, which I thought I was well prepared for. I had been training with two 220lbs-acetylene canisters, and could go about 300 ft with them. The problem in Vegas was that the handles were much thicker in diameter, and since I am digitally challenged on my left hand (my left ring finger amputated), my left hand gave out going around the second corner. So, I think I only went about 140 or 150 feet. The sad part was that these implements were lighter than what I had practiced with. But anyway, I found a major weak point, my grip. All in all, I guess I did all right, I was the lightest guy there @235lbs and came in 13th, and my goal was to come in top 12.
ASL: So what is in store for you in 1999?
Keshishian: I plan to enter in several contests, to get more experience, and have some fun. My other goals will be to put on more weight, try and get up to 255lbs or so, and get a little more intense on event training.
ASL: Speaking of events training, I understand that you have some new "toys."
Kesishian: Yeah, we rigged up a car so we could lift and practice pushing it. Just recently, I completed my set of strength stones called the SAMSON STONES." They are 5 reproductions of the famous McGlashen Stones. Ive got a few other ideas in my head for some other equipment that could be used to train several events with one apparatus. All in all, Im having fun, and thats the most important part (except for winning of course), right?
ASL: Thanks Mark
Keshishian: Thank you