In January of 1892 Louis Cyr broke Eugen Sandow’s world record by push-pressing a dumbbell of 273.25 lbs (124 kg) over his head with one hand after taking it to his shoulder with two hands. The 274 lbs replica of the Cyr Dumbbell has been designed and built by the experts at Rogue Fitness, one of the major sponsors of the Arnold Strongman Classic.
The yoke will be loaded to weigh approximately 550 kilos/1223 lbs for the first of three heats. The men will try to carry the yoke and cotton bales a very short distance (approximately 3 meters/10 feet) and each man must carry it the full distance on each attempt in order to qualify for the next heat. Then, the process will be repeated with an increase of up to 100 kg/221 lbs for the final attempt.
The “Small” log will weigh between 374 pounds (170 kg) and 385 pounds (175 kg); The “Large” log will weigh between 441 pounds (200 kg) and 452 pounds. The challenge to the athletes will be to lift the "Oak" from the floor to arms’ length overhead for as many repetitions as possible in 90 seconds.
The tires on a new Hummer weigh approximately 100 pounds (45 kg) each, and the lightest weight available to our competitors will be a bit over 600 pounds (270 kg). By adding barbell plates and additional tires, we can increase the weight of the bar in increments of between ten and twenty pounds (five and ten kg) so the competitors can take what they want as the weight on the bar goes up.
Designed by Terry Todd, built by Hugo and Jonathan Hemme of Texas, and adapted through the years by Steve Slater. This year it will weigh approximately 882 pounds (400 kg) and it will be carried approximately 35 feet (9 meters) up the same ramp we have used in recent years. The time limit is 30 seconds.
|Athlete||Austrian Oak |
|Log Lift |
|Athlete||Bale Tote (Yoke) |
|Bale Tote (Yoke) |
|Robert Oberst||7' 11"||7|
|Dimitar Savatinov||7' 5"||9|
|Athlete||Timber Carry |
882 lbs/400 kgs
|Mikhail Shivlykov||29' 1"||4|
|Zydrunas Savickas||27' 7.5"||5|
|Hafthor Bjornsson||18' 10.5"||7|
|Robert Oberst||11' 8.5"||8|
|Dimitar Savatinov||10' 6"||9|
|Athlete||Hummer Tire Deadlift|
|Zydrunas Savickas||524.22 kg/1155.70 lb World Record||1|
|Brian Shaw||511.72 kg/1128.14 lb||2|
|Vytautus Lalas||481.72 kg/1062.00 lb||T-3|
|Jerry Pritchett||481.72 kg/1062.00 lb||T-3|
|Hafthor Bjornsson||451.03 kg/994.35 lb||5|
|Mikhail Shivlykov||441.03 kg/ 972.30 lb||6|
|Michael Burke||416.03 kg/917.18 lb||7|
|Dimitar Savatinov||411.03 kg/906.16 lb||8|
|Robert Oberst||381.03 kg/840.02 lb||9|
|Athlete||Cyr Dumbbell 274 lbs |
While the training methods have evolved and the competitions have been refined, the core traditions of Strongman date back as far as civilization itself. From the Herculean efforts of the ancient Greeks through to the Highlanders of Scotland and the circus tent showmen of the 20th century, the Strongman has always captivated audiences and inspired new generations of athletes to shoot for goals once thought unimaginable.
It’s only been in recent years, however, that the Strongman tradition has finally found its ideal showcase—moving from the stuff of legends into the world of serious, internationally appreciated athletics. Spurred by the creation of Strongman organizations, advances in weight training, and the growth of major events like the Arnold Strongman Classic, today’s Strongman can test his (or her) skills against the very best from around the globe. The competitors at the 2014 Arnold Classic won’t just be carrying on a legacy, they’ll be forging a future for one of the world’s oldest sports.