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Jonathan Cotton  •Mediocre powerlifter/strongman •US Strongman Nationals 2018 1st Place HW 275 •S600/B446/D705 at 275lb USPA @lilmelliemel💍 •ER/PACU/CCT nurse •✈️

Pretty cool trailer from the @official.scl Strongman Champions League Finnish Open that @tycott and I competed in. Can’t wait for the full video!

#strongman #strongmanchampionsleague #sclfinland #sclfinnishopenkokkola #kokkola #finland #cottonstrong
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A couple Viper press log attempts. I saw @stanleybuilt hit a big log press earlier in the week, then saw a bunch of one-motion pressing on @blackhousestrong and @kristy_link stories, so I thought I’d see where my viper press was. Got 130kg/286lb, 140kg/308lb, and a PR at 150kg/330lb. Also no light-headedness or passing out when I press this way. I may start training this more often and see what I can do with it!
#strongman #strongmantraining #logpress #viperpress #overheadpress #nurseswholift #CottonStrong #milehighstrongman #bikiniprep #bodypositivity #146weeksout
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Redid my video submissions for @officialstrongman_ Games today. Got a 130.5kg/288lb log press for 5, and 130kg/287lb per hand farmers walk for 100ft. Also tried to redo deadlift but didn’t have it in me. Didn’t get light-headed or pass out with the log pressing today, that in itself is a win!

#strongman #strongmantraining #strongmansaturday #logpress #farmercarry #officialstrongman #officialstrongmangames #niksperformance #milehighstrongman #PRorER #CottonStrong #failedpowerlifters

A few pictures from our camping trip last weekend. Seeing @thebrummies @ashleymcbryde and @littlebigtown at Red Rocks, wine tasting in Palisade, hiking in Canyonlands National Park and Hanging Lake.

#staycation #triumphrocket3 #redrocksamphitheater #palisadeco #canyonlandsnationalpark #hanginglake #colorfulcolorado #utahisrad #jmcottonadventures

Got to train at @thorspowergym this past weekend while visiting Iceland. I met Thor’s dad, who was super nice, and won a free T-shirt doing a one-handed circus dumbbell deadlift challenge that they offer to gym visitors (first visitor to be able to do it!). Then I hit a 295kg/650lb squat, which is an all time PR (first video). Of course I had to try some of Thor’s Atlas Stones, 2nd video is loading the 170kg stone being cheered on by Thor’s dad. 3rd video was me attempting the biggest stone there, 205kg/451lb. Got it to my lap but couldn’t quite load it (even with all the Icelandic yelling in the background). Then the big man @thorbjornsson himself showed up! He was very nice, super down to earth, humble and friendly. We talked for a while about strongman stuff and then him and his dad and training partners gave Mel and I advice about what to see while we were in Iceland. The pictures don’t do justice to just how huge Thor is in person. But I was even more impressed with how friendly and hospitable everyone was. I definitely hope to be able to visit @thorspowergym again in the future!

#strongman #worldsstrongestman #thorspower #thorspowergym #themountain #gregorclegane #squat #atlasstones #iceland #kópavogur #reykjavík #jmcottonadventures

Another international layover adventure with @lilmelliemel. Iceland is a beautiful country! Also saw the Aurora Borealis, which are awesome in person but didn’t show up on camera. Definitely need to come back here for longer than 24 hours next time!
#iceland #icelandtravel #reykjavík #þingvellir #þingvellirnationalpark #bluelagoon #bláaiónið
#layoveradventures #takeyourhusbandtoworkday #jmcottonadventures

Event 5 from SCL Finnish Open, rising weight truck deadlift. They measured the weight of the truck at the deadlift handles using a forklift, which I thought was pretty cool. 380kg is a lot heavier than anything I’ve pulled in training, so I was pretty psyched to get a rep at that weight.

#strongman #strongmanchampionsleague #sclfinnishopenkokkola #cardeadlift #deadlifttillimdead #PRorER #cottonstrong #HereComeTheCottonBrothers #failedpowerlifters
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Event 4 from SCL Finnish Open.
This event was really cool because the Cotton brothers went head to head. Unfortunately neither of us did as well as we hoped in this event but it was still fun to put on a brother vs. brother show for the crowd! (@tycott won it...this time)

#strongman #farmercarry #strongmanchampionsleague #kokkola #finland #competition #HereComeTheCottonBrothers

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Event videos from Strongman Champions League Finnish Open, Kokkola Finland. Events 1, 2 and 3 of 6.
1. Max Log, 3 attempts. First attempt (130kg/286lb) and second attempt (150kg/330lb) went up easy. Third attempt (165kg/363lb) wasn’t there. Probably should have called for 160kg/352lb, I think I would have pressed it.

2. Truck pull. This went really well in training. Not sure the weight of the truck, it had a trailer on the back with a pickup and a van on it so it was heavy. Got a pretty decent time, I think 4th or 5th place.
3. Front hold with 30kg/66lb. I hated training this event but it went ok. My time was somewhere in the middle of the pack.

I could have had a better start on the truck pull, and probably could have pressed a 160kg log. Other than that I felt like I performed the best I could have on these three events.

#strongman #strongmanchampionsleague #sclfinnishopenkokkola #logpress #maxlog #truckpull #fronthold #cottonstrong #HereComeTheCottonBrothers

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Competed in Finland at the Strongman Champions League @official.scl Finnish Open this past weekend. @tycott was also invited to compete, which was really cool, because we’ve been training and competing together since day one of starting this sport.

This was the highest level I’ve competed at in Strongman and also my first time competing internationally.
The promoter @jopekivela was very nice and very accommodating, and made us all feel welcome. Ilkka @sclkinnunen and @official.scl run a great Strongman organization and do an awesome job of taking care of their athletes! The contest was run very well, and very fast paced with 6 events in 5 hours. It was televised, so there were TV crews but also a ton of spectators, who really got into it and made the experience even cooler.

Leading up to the contest I felt that I had done everything I could have with diet, training, recovery, etc. Tyler and I were two of the lighter and smaller competitors there, even at 285 lb each! I ended up taking 9th place out of 12 competitors, with @tycott taking 7th. Normally I would be disappointed with that placing but I am actually pretty happy with how things went. I have a lot of improvements to make and I still need to be bigger (300lb+), faster and stronger. But it felt good to be able to hang with the big boys in this contest.
I want to thank @hangryhangrymitcho and @fullcirclestrengthsystems for supporting us with the raffle, you and your gym and gym members are awesome!

And also thanks to everyone at Nik’s Performance and @iron_warrior_strongman who trained with me and helped me prep for this.

And thanks @wwessels1 and @unitedstatesstrongman for this opportunity. This is by far the coolest thing I’ve been able to do through Strongman, and I can’t wait to see what opportunities come next!

And of course my biggest thanks goes to my awesome wife @lilmelliemel. She’s always supported me in whatever I want to pursue, keeps me on track with my diet and training week to week, planned out all of the details for this trip and was there cheering me on and supporting me all weekend. Love you Mel!

#herecomethecottonbrothers #strongman #strongmanchampionsleague #finland #kokkola

Celebrated my sister @abbycttn wedding this weekend. It was a beautiful ceremony and a great time spent with family and friends. Congrats Abby and Lucas!
#CottonToMartin #weddingday

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