## "World's Strongest Man" Competitions

Strongest Man Have been around, more or less continually, since 1977, though the sponsorship of the competitions and nature of the events has changed a number of times.

These events are very popular and entertaining and do attract some of the strongest athletes in the world.

The presently consist of the following events:

Anvils and Anchor & Chain

The competitors carry a weight a set distance, then drag an anchor
and chain a further set distance until the whole anchor and chain
crosses the finish line. The athlete who covers the greatest
distance in the shortest time wins. The anvils weight 130 kilos an
the anchors and chain 300 kilos.

Africa Stone

The athlete wraps his arms around a stone has been placed on a stand
by interlocking his fingers. He then lifts the stone and walks as
far as possible along a designated path. Dropping the stone or
walking outside the path ends the trial. The athlete carrying the
stone furthest wins (the stone weighs 175 klios).

Plane Pull

The competitor puts on a harness attached to a rope and attempts to
pull a plane that weighs 70 tons along a set course. If more than
one athlete complete the course, the one who does it fastest wins.
If no one covers the entire course (30 meters), the athlete who goes
furthest in the 75 seconds wins.

Fridge Carry

Competitors carry a yoke that holds two refrigerators on their
shoulders, total weight is 415 kilos. Athletes cover a 30 meter
course in up to 60 seconds. If more than one athlete completes the
course, the one who does it fastest wins, of no one does, the one
who goes the furthest in 60 seconds wins.

Deadlift For Reps

A car rests on a frame that has handles which the athlete grips. He
lifts the car until his knees are locked and returns the car to the
start position. The athletes who does the highest number of reps in
a set time wins. The car weighs approximately 1800 kilos.

Farmer's Walk

Competitor will carry a weight in each hand over a marked course in
the shortest possible time (weights vary but have a handle and are
held on either side of the athlete as he walks.

Atlas Stones

There are five stones 100-112-120-140-160 kilos, positioned in
ascending order and five podiums that have decreasing heights. The
athlete lifts the lightest stone first, placing it on the highest
platform, and continues this process until all five have been put on
the podiums. If two or more athletes place all the stones, the one
who does it fastest wins. If no one succeeds, the winner is the one
who places the highest number of stones in their prescribed
positions.

Overhead Lift for Reps

Athletes lift a wooden log from the ground then raise it overhead as
many times as possible in the time limit; the weight, returning log
back to the ground in a controlled manner before attempting to the
next lift. The log weighs 115 kilos and the time limit is 75
seconds.

Squat Lift

The athlete squats until they are below parallel, then stands fully
erect position. Each time they stand erect, more weight is added to
the apparatus. If more than one athletes lifts all weights loaded
the one who lifts them the fastest wins. If none complete all the
weights, the one who got to the highest weight fastest wins. There
is a time limit of 75 seconds and the weights can vary from the
starting weight of 235 kilos/518bs to a final weight of 320
kilos/705lbs.

Deadlift Barrels

Barrels are dropped one by one into a frame and the athlete lifts
the frame. Then another barrel will be loaded automatically, until
time runs out or all barrels have been lifted. The athlete lifting
most weight in the shortest time wins. Barrels can vary from a
starting weight of 250 kilos/551lbs to a final weight of 335
kilos/739lbs.

Lorry Pull

The athlete is placed in a harness attached to the lorry, the weight
of which varies from competition to competition. With the help of a
rope, they pull the lorry along a road while always facing the
direction of the finish line. If more than one athletes finishes,
the one who does so fastest wins. If not, the one who covers the
greatest distance in the allotted time wins.

Fingal's Fingers

Five large poles will be lifted in ascending order of weight and
flipped over 180 degrees, the winner being the one who can flip all
5 the fastest. The length of the poles ranges from: 3.5 m – 5.5 m
and the weights from: 200 / 225 / 250 / 275 / 300 kilos.

Pillars of Hercules

Competitors stand with their arms outstretched, gripping handles
attached to two pillars that are slating away from the athlete. The
winner is the one who holds the pillar for the longest time. Each
pillar weighs about 350 lb.

Giant Log Lift

A large tree trunk weighing 380 kilos, with handles at one end, is
supported horizontally on a stand. The athlete stands with his back
facing the tree trunk and lifts it over his head as many times as
possible within a designated time limit. The winner is the one who
performs the greatest number of repetitions.

Carry and Drag

Competitors carry a weight a set of anvils weighing 130 kilos each
over a set distance and prescribed path. They then drag an anchor
and chain weighing 300 kilos over another set distance. The winner
is the athlete who covers the most distance in the shortest time.

While many very strong men compete in these competitions, they generally do not attract the very strongest men in the world. The latter men are generally engaged in Olympic-Style Weightlifting or Powerlifting and do not wish to risk injury competing in WSM events. Moreover, as can be seen from the above descriptions of events, many involve endurance and even speed as well as strength, so would hardly qualify as pure strength tests.

However, competitors in these events are very strong and the nature of the events are very entertaining, and they attract extensive television coverage, bringing much needed attention to the world of strength.