Arnold Amateur World Strongman Championships
The Arnold Amateur Strongman World Championships, which proved to be one of the Arnold Sports Festival's most popular events when it debuted in 2010, will once again feature more than 50 of the world’s top amateur strongman athletes from about 20 countries, including at least 20 athletes from the United States.
The 4th Annual Amateur World Strongman Championships will be held March 1 & 3, 2013 at the Arnold Sports Festival.
All competitors earned their way into the competition through various qualifying competitions.
"Strongman is by no means a ‘mainstream’ sport along the lines of football, basketball or baseball, but it is becoming more and more popular," said Dione Wessels, CEO of North American Strongman Inc., the governing body for amateur strongman competitions in the United States. "Adding an amateur competition to the Arnold Sports Festival will allow the perfect opportunity to further promote the sport of strongman in the world."
There are an estimated 6,000 amateur strongman athletes in the United States that compete in 125 events throughout the year.
Mike Jenkins of Hershey, Pa., who won the inaugural Arnold Amateur Strongman Championships in 2010, won the Arnold Strongman Classic in March when he bested two-time champion Derek Poundstone and six-time champ Zydrunas Savickas. 2011 champ Brian Shaw finished fourth.
Adam Scherr of North Carolina won the 2012 Arnold Amateur World Strongman Championships and earned the right to compete in the 2013 Arnold Strongman Classic.
All athletes qualify for the Arnold Amateur Strongman World Championships by winning or placing in a national championships conducted by their national federation. U.S. competitors will quality at the North American Strongman National Championships in Tunica, Miss., in November 2012.
The Arnold Amateur World Strongman Championships are governed by North American Strongman Corp.
2013 Arnold Amatuer Strongman Event Schedule
Friday, March 1
8 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Hall C
Iron Mind Axle C & P for Reps
Ricart Nissan Yoke and Frame Drag / Turck Push Medley
Ricart Ford Focus Car Deadlift Medley
House of Pain Gian Wheel Barrow Load and Carry
Sunday, March 3
1:30-4 p.m., Arnold Fitness EXPO Stage
House of Pain Dumbbell Press for Reps
Bigg Dogg Strong H-Stone
ASC Atlas Stong Over The Bar for Reps
Arnold Amateur Strongman Champions
2010: Mike Jenkins (USA)
2011: Matesz Baron (Poland)
2012: Adam Scherr (USA)
The Arnold Amateur World Strongman Championships is open to athletes who have qualified through their national federations and have approval signatures from their national federation representative.
For more info, contact event chair Dione Wessels at DIONE@AMERICANSTRONGMAN.COM