The Arnold Strongman Classic features 10 of the world's best strongman athletes.
We strive to keep the Arnold Strongman Classic fresh for both our competitors and our audience. The events are designed to test brute strength and determine which contestant is the strongest man!
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The Arnold Strongman Classic Presented By MHP, one of the most popular events each year at the Arnold Sports Festival, will return for a 14th year in 2015.
The great Zydrunas Savickas of Lithuania won the Arnold Strongman Classic for a record seventh time in 2014 (but for the first time since 2008) when he bested a field of 10 of the strongest men in the world at the 2014 Arnold Strongman Classic Presented By MHP.
Savickas won the Tire Deadlift with a world record of 1,155.70 pounds (524.22 kilograms) and tied for first in the Cyr Dumbell with four reps. The Cyr Dumbbell weighed a record 273.25 pounds (124.5 kilograms). Savickas also won the Bale Tote (Yoke) by moving the heaviest yoke ever carried in competition at 1,410 pounds (638.73 kilograms). Savickas received $65,000 and the coveted Louis Cyr Trophy for the victory.
Second-place in 2014 went to 2011 champion Brian Shaw of Fort Lupton, Colo. who earned $20,000.
In 2015, Savickas and Shaw, who won his only Arnold Strongman Classic title in 2011, will return to Columbus to resume their rivalry. Vytautas Lalas, who took home the Louis Cyr trophy in 2013 and finished fourth last year, is injured and will not compete.
Mateusz Kieliszkowski earned a spot in the 2015 Arnold Strongman Classic by winning the 2014 Arnold Amateur Strongman World Championships.
The 2015 Arnold Strongman Classic Presented By MHP will be contested over five events:
The Longbar Deadlift, The Austrian Oak, The Cyr Dumbbell, The Timber Carry and the Bale Tote.
1. The Longbar Deadlift — One Rep Max, the same as in recent years, with three attempts for each man unless we have the time to allow an extra attempt or two for a new record.
2. The Austrian Oak — Floor to Overhead for Max Reps, with either the Heavy Oak (weighing between 200 kg/441 lbs and 205 kg/452 lbs) or the Lighter Oak (weighing approximately 172 kg/379 lbs). The log cannot be stood up on one end and rocked over onto the shoulders.
3. The Cyr Dumbbell — Floor to Overhead for Max Reps with at least 274 lbs (125 kg). The background for this event is that in January of 1892—in front of 5000 people at the Royal Aquarium in London, Louis Cyr broke Eugen Sandow’s world record by push-pressing a 273 lb (124.5 kg) dumbbell of this size and shape over his head with one hand after taking it to his shoulder with two hands. The handle of the dumbbell is 1 5/8” in diameter, and the other important measurements are as follows: (Handle Circumference—6 5/16”; Length—4.5”; Spheres circumference—31 3/8”; length from handle to end, 13 ?”). It is much smaller than the Circus Dumbbell we used for many years at the ASC, and feels very different. By using a replica of Cyr’s Dumbbell we pay our respects to the legendary professional strongman, a bronze statue of whom is given each year to the winner of our competition.
4. The Timber Carry — Same ramp, same rules —500 kgs; straps are allowed.
5. The Bale Tote — This year we will load our smaller yoke so that it will weigh approximately 1300 pounds. It will be carried a very short distance (approximately 4 meters/13 feet) by each man. Then, for the second yoke we will use two cotton bales and perhaps some more weight to bring the total weight to approximately1500 pounds (680 kg). Each man who successfully carries the first weight the full distance within 30 seconds will go in the same order and attempt to carry the heavier yoke the same distance. Everyone who carries the lighter yoke will be judged on either speed or distance with the heavy yoke. The first athlete in the first attempt will go from the left side of the platform (viewed from the front of the stage) to the right side of the platform, the second athlete will go from right side to the left, the third from left to right, and so on. This will save time as the rack has no front or back and can be carried in either direction. Anyone who fails to carry the lighter yoke the full distance within 30 seconds will not attempt the final weight but will be judged on how far he carried the yoke on his first attempt.
Brian Shaw is an American professional strongman, capturing the title "World's Strongest Man" in both 2011 and 2013. He is a dedicated athlete with a passion to train hard and push himself to the limit. Brian travels the world showcasing his abilities at strongman competitions and personal appearances.
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