Ironmill caught up with the newest Lightweight Pro Strongman Johnny “Bra” Wasiczko to talk his latest win at the Dallas Europa and how it feels to finally become a Pro Strongman.
Johnny, how did you first get into the sport of Strongman?
Basically, it was a fluke. I saw a poster promoting a strongman contest and I showed up to compete!
What has been your best memory to date in the sport? You’ve been around the block a few times!
I’ve competed in just over 40 contests. But only 5 as a light weight!!!
The Dallas Europa has to be the greatest memory winning this contest and getting my pro card is such a great feeling. It’s been simply incredible
Your Bigg Dogg Strongg equipment has become prominent in almost every strongman contest across the country the past few years. Where did you get the idea to start manufacturing your own heavy duty line of equipment?
Bigg Dogg Strongg came out of nowhere. I was getting ready for Nationals in 2009 and didn’t have a log and was looking to buy one. When my wife saw what I was looking to buy she said her dad could make it and he did and it was the best piece of equipment I’ve ever seen or used so right at that moment Bigg Dogg Strongg started!!!
What have the challenges been in balancing your business with training?
Finding time to train is the hardest part of the balancing act between business and training. In strongman, you have to MAKE the time to be successful!
What has been the most impressive feat of strength that you have seen in the sport?
The most impressive feat I’ve seen in strongman is Mike Jenkins killing the Austrian Oak log at the Arnold Classic and beating Big Z in an overhead event. It was amazing to see live.
What is the Johnny “Bra” training philosophy towards your own programming?
My philosophy on training is: everything works but won’t work all the time so keep changing it up. Sleep, eat, rest are all just as important as training and make sure you always warm up and get as much massage ART work as you can so you won’t be sidelined by injuries.
Where did the idea come to finally cut to the 231 weight class and earn that ASC Pro Card?
The idea for cutting to 231 was a revaluation of sorts. LOL! I know I’m strong enough to hang with the big boys. I’ve won more than 20 heavyweight competitions but on the top level at 265lbs all I could do was hang. As you know, the great heavyweights out there today are truly giants and dinosaurs. So I made the decision to cut to 231 and it turned out to be the right choice!
What is next on your radar now as a PRO Strongman?
Winning this pro card has opened a lot of doors for me, more than I ever dreamed about. It has absolutely been a dream come true.
First off, I’m a professional athlete, which is amazing. Next I qualified for America’s strongest man in October along with the Arnold Amateur Championships in March. The real icing on the cake is that my first pro contest will be in China Sept 20-24th for the Chinese Hercules Championship which is an all expense paid trip plus $5000 prize money!!! You gotta love being a pro!
I want to end by giving a huge thank you to:
Lynn my love for always keeping me focused and moving forward
Mom & Dad
NAS/ASC for the opportunity
Mike Jenkins for the training programs
LYC – Linden Yard Training Crew
Everyone I’ve ever trained with or competed with, all of you made me who I am today.