World's Strongest Man, Jon Pall Sigmarsson, Bill Kazmaier, Jouko Ahola, Magnus Ver Magnusson, Magnus Samuelsson, Svend Karlsen, Zydrunas Savickas—if these names get you thinking about the Atlas Stones or how you can train to be in the World's Strongest Man contest yourself, IronMind is your home. Ever since MILO went to Scotland in 1994 to cover the European MusclePower and World MusclePower contests (meeting Manfred Hoeberl, Magnus Ver Magnusson, Heinz Ollesch, Ilkka Kinnunen, Wayne Price and Douglas Edmunds in the process), IronMind has been immersed in strongman.
The IronMind Draft Horse Pulling Harness™ has been used in World's Strongest Man contests for over a decade. Other IronMind products now making appearances at WSM events include the Tough-As-Nails Sandbag and extra-long versions of the S-Cubed Bar and the Apollon’s Axle. IronMind’s Strong-Enough Straps are the official lifting straps at World’s Strongest Man. We're on the field with the world's top strongmen. Read the IronMind News and check out the resources below for strongman profiles, photos, training, and results from MILO: A Journal for Serious Strength Athletes, published by IronMind.
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Sons of Samson, Vol. 2 by David Webster
A big book full of facts, photos, and profiles of some traditional strongmen known by author David Webster during his career in hand balancing, strand pulling, and weightlifting; how the World's Strongest Man contest got started in 1978, WSM contest coverage through 1996, and top competitors of that time, including Bill Kazmaier and Jon Pall Sigmarsson.
Your A-to-Z guide to building a high level of conditioning and endurance, this well-written, well-organized handbook presents everything you need to put together effective programs, including myriad sample workouts and routines.
Four-time World’s Strongest Man winner Jon Pall Sigmarsson was the larger-than-life Icelandic strongman whose story was captured in this powerful documentary from the Land of Fire and Ice.
We'd guess that Magnus Samuelsson also has the World's Strongest Hands, because if you're familiar with his best performances on the No. 4 Captains of Crush Gripper or on the Rolling Thunder, you know why we say that. Learn from the best.
Articles in MILO: A Journal for Serious Strength Athletes
If you're not familiar with our quarterly strength journal, let us introduce you to this publication non pareil, unmatched in the quality and scope of its articles and photos on people, training, contests, and history covering Olympic-style weightlifting, powerliftng, strongman, Highland Games, arm wrestling, grip, and other strength sports. If you like strength, you'll love MILO.
"Two Big Weekends in Scotland: World Highland Games Heavy Events Championships, European Muscle Power Championships, and World Musclepower Championships" by Archie Stevenson (Vol. 2, No. 3)
The report that introduced strongman contests and contestants like Manfred Hoeberl, Magnus Ver Magnusson, Gary Taylor, Heinz Ollesch, Wayne Price, Forbes Cowan to America.
Contest report on the 1994 World's Strongest Man with big names like Riku Kiri, Manfred Hoeberl, and Magnus Ver Magnusson, who takes his second win.
Nathan “Megaman” Jones faced off with favorite Magnus Ver Magnusson over two weekends that included strongman stars Gary Taylor, Wayne Price, Phil Martin, and Forbes Cowan, among others, as well.
The 1995 World's Strongest Man competition held in Nassau, Bahamas, saw newcomers like Magnus Samuelsson and Nathan Jones pitted against the old guard led by Magnus Ver Magnusson, with mighty Magnus Ver winning his third title.
Forbes Cowan and Magnus Samuelsson shone in the 1996 World Musclepower contest in Scotland that included quite a few newcomers.
Magnus Ver Magnusson took his fourth World's Strongest Man championships, beating Riku Kiri, Gerrit Badenhorst, Forbes Cowan and other strongman greats.
Follow the strongman contest that saw Riku Kiri, Magnus Ver Magnusson, and Berend Veneberg take top honors.
Back when stones were only available in Scotland, Chris Mavromatis tells how he created his stones of strength for his strongman contest.
Young, highly-motivated competitors dominated the dramatic World's Strongest Man competition in 1997, eliminating the top three finishers from 1996 in the preliminary round.
Event-by-event results of the 1998 Helsinki Grand Prix, won by Jouko Ahola.
This litmus test of strength athletes in the UK has been contested for over 20 years.
Whit Baskin was the winner of this early NASS strongman contest in the U.S.
Two-man teams from nine countries battled, and Wout Zjilstra (Netherlands) made a world record throw in the 56-weight for height along the way to victory, beating Jouko Ahola (Finland) by one-half point.
The 1998 World's Strongest Man Contest saw the largest number of competitors yet, and huge efforts by the likes of Magnus Samuelsson, who placed first, and Jouko Ahola, who placed second.
"Season of Strength: The Helsinki Grand Prix 1999" by Jyrki Rantanen (Vol. 7, No. 1)
Jouko Ahola won in a big field of big names, including Magnus Samuelsson, Svend Karlsen, Janne Virtanen, Wout Zjilstra, Heinz Ollesch, Wayne Price, and Phil Pfister.
Two contests in one: the first crowned the top US strongman for 1999, and the second was an IFSA Grand Prix event, where eight American finalists faced off against six IFSA pros.
Pro and veteran strongman and showman Gerritt Badenhorst bested Jouko Ahola in a top-notch line-up that also featured the 1999 U.S. champion, Brian Neese.
NASS and other local strongman contests are an indication of the interest and growth of strongman in the U.S. and elsewhere.
Re-live the Viking of the North 1999 Competition and the 1999 World's Strongest Team Competition.
After the qualifying rounds and the finals, Jouko Ahola emerged to take his second World's Strongest Man title.
Emerging strongman star Janne Virtanen was the winner—a prelude to winning the 2000 World's Strongest Man.
"Strong-Mania" (Vol. 8, No. 1)
Local strongman contests in the U.S., including the NASS Metroplex, give amateurs a start in the sport.
After four qualifying events, the lucky twelve, including international and American pros, advanced to the finals where Janne Virtanen won a close race.
Strongman contests all over the U.S. included America's Strongest Man with Brian Schoonveld as the winner.
"Another Hot One in Helsinki: IFSA 2001 Europe's Strongest Man Competition" by Randall J. Strossen, Ph.D. (Vol. 9, No. 1)
Known for its very heavy strongman contests, Finland hosted an all-star cast of strongman, and when all was said and done, Svend Karlsen had won it by one-half point.
Thirty competitors, whittled down to twelve for the finals, battled not only for top places in the competition, but also for spots at the 2001 World's Strongest Man contest.
A stalwart group of strongmen assembled in St. Louis, Missouri only nine days after the 9/11 terrorist attacks and proved that, in Svend Karlsen's words, “terrorism has no right!”
This qualifier gave the top four guys a ticket to 2005 World's Strongest Man: Mariusz Pudzianowski, Jesse Marunde, Janne Virtanen, and Dominic Filiou.
“2005 IFSA World Strongman Championships: Zydrunas Reigns Supreme” by Brad Gillingham (Vol. 13, No. 3)
The inaugural world championships in North America included a big international field of strongman veterans.
“2005 World's Strongest Man: Mariusz is King of the Hill” by Colin Bryce (Vol. 13, No. 3)
After the preliminary heats, the final field was narrowed to ten, and while Mariusz won for the third time, it was Jesse Marunde, in second, who wowed the crowds in China.
The Arnold Strongman Classic is famous for its extremely heavy events and its large prize money purse, and this year was no different.
The starting list included four former World's Strongest Man winners—five if you include emcee Kaz—although several fell by the wayside with injuries. Who prevailed?
With the final field chosen, the question was, could anyone beat Mariusz in the 2006 World's Strongest Man, or was it a fait accompli?
Lene Karlsen reports from Venice Beach, California, where David Ostlund beat four-time World's Strongest Man winner Mariusz Pudzianowski.
Lene Karlsen with a back-stage look at 2001 World's Strongest Man Svend Karlsen's Viking Power Challenge, with a line-up of international strongman stars.
Mariusz shows everyone that he’s the World’s Strongest Man—for the fourth time! Lene Karlsen's insider’s look from Anaheim, California.
The first Super Series strongman contest of 2008 came down to the final event, where nobody managed to lift all five stones. Who won: Mariusz Pudzianowski or Derek Poundstone?
Strongman comes to the Garden! A behind-the-scenes and on-the-floor photo essay of this WSM qualifying event.
Only the best of the best were invited to this grueling strongman competition in Quebec, Canada, to see who would be crowned as Louis Cyr’s heir. Read about the amazing finish between Derek Poundstone and Zydrunas Savickas at the last event—a truly unbelievable feat!
It had never been done, but then there's never been a strongman like Mariusz Pudzianowski before. Could he win the World's Strongest Man contest for a fifth time?
Amazing photos by Randall Strossen and Colin Bryce's first-hand account of this WSM qualifying event.
This 2-day strongman competition in Hamina, Finland ran concurrently with the Finnish Championships. Finnish champ Janne Hartikainen started strong but Ukranian Sergey Konyushok gained the crown.
To uphold the reputation of Cyr, Fortissimus is billed as heavier and more challenging than any other strongman contest held in the world. Read about the rematch for this title of the strongest man on the planet, between Zydrunas Savickas and Derek Poundstone.
The 2010 Salon Body Fitness Expo in Paris featured the Strongman Champions League/Eric Favre Strongman Records competition, combining the French National Strongman Championships with a world records assault by none other than Zydrunas Savickas, in a show that brought big-time strongman to Paris, France.
Randall Strossen documents strongman Derek Poundstone's fight for a three-peat.
While the fate of strongman Brian Shaw was never in doubt, follow the play-by-play for the second and third place finishers, who also earned their spots at World's Strongest Man.
In this first-ever USAWA old-time strongman contest, the most weight wins, not time or distance, opening up a new addition to the strength world for every aspiring strongman and strongwoman.
Jyrki Rantanen plays host to Randall Strossen for the Strongman Champions League-Finland competition at IdeaPark.
Brian Shaw and Zydrunas Savickas battle it out for the 2011 World's Strongest Man, the world's premier strongman competition.
"2012 Iceman III: Zydrunas Makes It Three" by Randall J. Strossen, Ph.D. (Vol. 20, No. 1)
Zydrunas Savickas clashes with strongmen Laurence Shahlaei and Janusz Kaluga in Finland, as he attempts to win his third straight strongman title, and in the process sets a new world record in the Viking Press with 165 kg x 12 reps.
"So You Wanna Be a Strongman?" by Dennis Rogers (Vol. 1, No. 1)
Three different kinds of strongmen—Carl Braun, heavy events; Dave Patton, arm wrestler; and Slim “The Hammer Man” Farman, king of leverage―are profiled.
Magnus Ver Magnusson, more than any other in the past decade, has captured the imaginations of strongman fans; read about how he got started, his training, and his lifts.
"Pulcinella: Philadelphia Strongman" by Dr. Ken E. Leistner (Vol. 3, No. 1)
Philadelphia strongman Steve Pulcinella is introduced and his background and training program, and goals are presented.
Accomplished, all-around strongman and 1993 World's Strongest Man Gary Taylor is profiled, including his background in bodybuilding and Olympic-style weightlifting, and his training, nutrition, and goals.
You'll enjoy this unique opportunity to watch 1993 World's Strongest Man Gary Taylor train.
Meet gentleman and strongman Wayne Price of South Africa, famous for his leopard print kilt, and find out about his background, diet, training, and thoughts on strongman.
Jamie Reeves, who beat Jon Pall Sigmarrson and Bill Kazmaier to take first at the 1989 World's Strongest Man contest, talks about his training and his comeback.
Meet top American strongman Phil Martin, who started in the Highland Games and went all the way to World's Strongest Man, joining the Captains of Crush as well.
After a devastating car accident, strongman Manfred Hoeberl talks about why he's attempting a comeback.
Finnish strongman powerhouse Riku Kiri is introduced and we learn about his diet, training, and thoughts about strongman.
After being flattened by a 450-kg tire, Gary Taylor gives his perspective on his knee injury and its treatment and set-backs in general.
From winning the 2010 Arnold Amateur Strongman World Championships to cementing himself as a perenial World's Strongest Man threat, Mike Jenkins has established himself as a true professional.