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VIDEO. Where all those hours in the gym good for? To trucks by the street to be able to drag, tiens!
Zonhoven The largest muscles of both Belgium and the Netherlands gathered Sunday afternoon in Zonhoven for the Belgian Championship truck pull’. Even with the hand truck of 18 tons is in motion? There are those who can. The winner Pascal Schoensetters pulled that truck in less than 35 seconds, even 20 feet away. For the fifth year in a row, it is the Belgian Champion.

“The secret? Gosh I wouldn't know,” says Pascal Schoensetters, who took part in the category of ‘heavyweights’. “I train, of course, very much in the fitness. In the months of december and January I sit in there in full strength training. Afterwards there are the rowing exercises. At home, unfortunately I have no truck to try. And so is mainly rely on yourself, and the right technique. The first round where we tractor and semi-trailer with a sort of harness around our bodies forward, actually went not so good. But in the second part where we the truck with a rope, forward had to get, it went for me understand very well. I felt it from the first grip: this is my new record. I afterwards paced, and rolled the truck to me.”

First seconds

Organizer Gert-Jan Faes does have tips for those who at home want to try. “The first seconds are just the most difficult. You need the whole truck to the rollers, while the resistance of such a wegreus very large. You will need all your strength in the fight to throw. Muscle mass is so important. Once he is on the bulbs, it remains a question of him in motion. That will not work with right technique and the right tempo. One minute you need then your teeth continue to bite.”


From the ‘lightweights’ of less than 105 pounds, there was a surprising new winner: Show Boogarts swept with a first participation right away all other opponents in a heap. “I don't get it still have not,” beamed he, after the end. “I have my mind set at zero, and all power use. Yes, of course I've pre-trained. In the fire station if I should have a couple of times a fire truck forward pulling. And also a good friend has a truck, which I a couple of times with all my strength to move. As a result, because now I am so Belgian Champion in the lightweights.”

for women

Who thought that vrachtwagentrekken just something for men with an overdose of testosterone, the besides is wrong. There are also women who have a tientonner with their hands in movement. Four of them came Sunday, their chances in Zonhoven. Champion was the Dutch Liesbeth De Haan.

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