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Monty Python made it clear that being a lumberjack was ‘okay’ and with the need for a roaring fire to keep you warm through winter there’s never been a better time to learn how to be a lumberjack world champion. With an impressive collection of events it’s only a matter of time before you can bet on the lumberjack world championships at Bovada, one of the best online sportsbook sites in the US, so here’s seven tips to help you master the required set of skills.
Fitness & OJT
The first obvious step in exploring how to be a lumberjack world champion is not, as you might think simply picking up an axe and starting to swing it. You are going to need to be at the very peak of physical condition to compete, so start hitting that gym hard each and every day, and do be aware there’s no real way to learn the basic skills than the tried and tested method of On-The-Job-Training. So whilst you can be self-taught time with the professionals is probably in order.
Aspen Logs – Standing Up, Laying Down
The two most basic competitions you’ll need to get to grips with when learning how to be a lumberjack world champion are the Underhand and Standing block chops. With a 12 inch Aspen log, either laying horizontally or standing upright, to be cut through as fast as possible. This requires massively fast reacting upper body strength, and those inclined to bet on sports in the US slightly away from the mainstream will already know the world record is just 12.33 seconds.
Axing For Trouble
Of course learning how to be a lumberjack champion will also require you to use the five pound single bit axe far further up than mere ground level, and the Springboard Chop will require you to scale to a height of nine feet and proceed to sever through 12 inches of Aspen whilst up there. This requires both climbing and balance as once you start swinging the axe your footing on the spar pole will be all important to both power application and you continuing to be nine feet up.
What The Chain Saw
Obviously the axe will not be the only tool you’ll need to master when learning how to be a lumberjack world champion, gaining the shortest single buck odds is not your only goal, and the use of various types of saw will also need to become second nature. Oh and anyone in the US gambling laws of nature can’t be brought to heel by the judicious application of a chain saw probably hasn’t seen kiwi Hot Saw record holder (just 5.55 seconds) Dave Bolstad handle one.
Climb Every Tree
The specific climbing skills necessary to those seeking to explore how to be a lumberjack world champion are slightly different to those employed by the snow-capped mountain scaling brigade. With Steel-core climbing ropes to hand and spurred climbers on your feet you’ll need to race to and then scale either a sixty foot or ninety foot cedar spar pole and return to the starting location against the clock remembering that you must touch the spar every 15 feet on the way down.
Logrolling & Boom Running
Whilst logrolling is well known – two men stand either end of a log in the water and then attempt to rotate or stop it so as to unbalance their opponent – boom running is slightly less well known and perhaps the more tricky of the two. Those exploring how to be a lumberjack world champion will have to run along a boom of floating logs against an opponent, and this is remarkably luck dependent (where as logrolling has much skill to it) and spotting the right footing is imperative.
For Safety’s Sake
One of the issues with the expansion of the sport, and indeed the reason many sites like Bovada, one of the best online betting sites in the US, are reticent about offering lumberjack betting odds is that chain saws, axes and spiked boots are inherently dangerous objects that, if handled poorly, can seriously damage your health. It is vital, therefore, that when learning how to be a lumberjack world champion the first thing you do is get the very best health insurance coverage you can find.