By Kalle Beck
The Arnold Strongman Classic is arguably the biggest event in the sport of Strongman. Held annually in Columbus Ohio, as part of the Arnold Sports festival in late February/ Early March, it has grown to be one of the main attractions of the Arnold Sports Festival since its addition in 2002.This year’s event offers a grand prize of over $70,000; making it the biggest payday in all of Strongman, and rightly so as it is the heaviest. The Arnold features no medleys or long duration moving events like seen at The World’s Strongest Man, ditching them in favor of brute power. Events will include pressing a 300lb circus dumbbell with 1 arm, a 450+lb log press, and a 1,540lb yoke walk. Given the insane tonnage, it is hard to argue the winner of the Arnold Strongman Classic is the strongest man in the world.
Article By Bryan Barrett
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Performance will improve as arousal level increases to a point where optimum performance is achieved. If arousal levels continue to rise beyond this point, performance will begin to decline and explained by the Inverted-U Hypothesis. It’s critical to understand the “why” from Part 1, “The Relationship between Arousal & Performance Part 1” before moving on to this article. In this article you will find techniques to help increase or decrease your arousal level to find your optimal level for performance.
By Kikki Berli-Johnsen
Up in the mountains above the little village of Vinstra, placed in the beautiful valley of Gudbrandsdalen, MHP Strongman Champions League Norway – World’s Strongest Viking 2016 was held January 29th and 30th.
This was the first stage of the MHP Strongman Champions League 2016. In total, there will be 16 stages throughout the whole year, broadcasted in 95 countries, to crown the ultimate world champion at the end.
The venue is, as it was last year, Fefor High Mountain Hotel, a hotel whose walls are filled with history of poets and kings, and an atmosphere unlike anything else. The owner of the hotel, Anne Grethe Horten, has a dream of building the ultimate strongman arena for both national and international competitions, and so far, she is on the right track. All the equipment are made with Viking as a theme, and with a Viking village as a backdrop this competition is something different from what you find anywhere else in the world.
Anthony Sberna earned his pro card at the Odd Haugen Strongman Challenge over the weekend of January 23rd-24th at the LA Fit Expo. The LA Fit Expo was a very hard two day show consisting of 10 events, historically athletes that turn pro here go on to compete very well such as past winners Jerry Pritchett and Martins Licis. Anthony has only been competing in Strongman for about two years and is currently the youngest Pro Strongman in America. Kalle Beck sat down with Anthony to ask him a few questions to find out how he rose the ranks so fast.
On 1/30/16 Britain’s Strongest man was contested with the top athletes from the country including returning champ Eddie Hall, joining Hall were other heavy hitters such as Mark Felix, Laurance Shahlaei & Terry Hollands along with Darren Sadler making his return and Adam Bishop who has been looking very strong as of late. The contest was live streamed by Official Strongman, you can go there to watch the contest in its entirety. Check out the unofficial results along with some clips from the contest below
Things look to be mostly the same as last year but also some exciting advancements including a stand alone Teen Nationals in Austin Texas which will offer a new 12-15 year old division and masters will include 3 weight classes this year Lightweight (175) Middleweight (231) and Heavyweight compared to previous years of just 231 plus or minus.
It appears the Heavyweight women in the open class are now back with everyone else and not in Vegas at the Olympia.
By Rebecca McCauley:
Dear First Time Strongwoman Competitor,
I know you’re scared. I know you’ve thought about backing out of this competition a million times. It’s where every Strongwoman competitor starts. But guess what – signing up for this event will be one of the best decisions you’ve ever made. It’s often easy to look over at the veteran strongmen and think, “it’s easy for them” or “I bet they’ve always been strong.” Wrong-o. I thought I’d share a few thoughts with the new Strongwoman.
By Kikki Berli-Johnsen
Up in the mountains above the little village of Vinstra, placed in the beautiful valley of Gudbrandsdalen, SCL Norway – World’s Strongest Viking 2016 will be held January 29th and 30th.
This is the first stage of the MHP Strongman Champions League 2016. In total there will be 16 stages throughout the whole year, broadcasted in 95 countries, to crown the ultimate world champion at the end.
The final spot for the Arnold Strongman Classic the heaviest contest in the world was up for grabs this past weekend at the LA Fit Expo/Odd Haugen Strongman Challenge. with only 10 invites being given each year and 10th place getting around $4,000 it is a very sought after ticket.
The Odd Haugen Strength Challenge at the LA Fit Expo has been one of the premier Strongman shows in America for years. With athletes qualifying for the Arnold classic and turning pro it has launched many pro’s carriers to the next level.
This year the format is a little different yet again with 10 events being contested but only 8 counting towards your overall points. This allows the athletes to skip out on events that may not favor them, they have a poor performance in or they do not want to compete in such as the infamous MAS Wrestling.