by Al Myers
One of the very popular strength feats done by the Canadian Strongman Louie Cyr was pressing his famous dumbbell one handed. We are going to honor Cyr and this strength feat by including it in the Old-Time Strongman Competition at the Dino Gym Challenge. As with the other strongman lifts in this competition, there are minimal rule restrictions.
The Rule for the Cyr Press:
Any dumbbell with a handle diameter between 1 inch and 1.5 inches is allowed. The dumbbell may be brought to the shoulder in any manner, but must come to the shoulder before going overhead. This includes using two hands. Once at the shoulder, the dumbbell is taken overhead with only one hand anyhow. The other arm/hand is not allowed to touch the lifting arm during the overhead portion. The feet are allowed to move. If the lifter misses with one arm, the dumbbell may be switched to the other arm during the attempt, but the arm used must be selected at the shoulder. A time limit of 1 minute is allowed for the attempt. The dumbbell may be set down or dropped during the attempt. If the overhead portion of the lift is missed, it may be restarted at the shoulder. Once the dumbbell is overhead motionless with arm straight, the legs straight and feet in line with the torso, an official will give a command to end the lift.
The only role of the official is to be awake at the end of the lift to give the down command!!