The 2012 Arnold USA Powerlifting Championships at the Arnold Sports Festival will grow again next year as the in popular strength competition is directed by USA Powerlifting for a fifth straight year.
USA Powerlifting, based in Columbia City, Ind., has more than 5,500 members who compete in an organization committed to drug-free competitions. The group is also the only U.S. member of the International Powerlifting Federation, the oldest and largest governing body for the sport of powerlifting. The IPF, founded in 1971, has members in more than 100 countries.
Every year, Dr Terry Todd and his staff at the Arnold Sports Festival try to find new ways to challenge the athletes they invite to what is easily the most challenging strength contest on the planet. Here at the Arnold Strongman Challenge, things arent just heavy, they are actually impossible for some of the athletes every year. Last years 240lb dumbbell press overhead saw the entire first half of the field unable to lock out even one rep. Hummer Tire Deadlift? Only 2 guys saw all 4 wheels on each side of the bar. This year looks to be about the same. The dumbbell event? Ya, they upped it to 255lbs....
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2012 Arnold Strongman Classic
The Arnold Strongman Classic annually features the world’s top strongman professionals in a two-day competition to determine the world’s strongest man. 2011 champion Brian Shaw of Colorado, who also won the 2011 World's Strongest Man competition, will be back to defend his title. He will face a field that is likely to include 2011 runner-up Mike Jenkins of Baltimore; six-time champion Zydrunas Savickas of Lithuania, who finished third in 2011; and two-time Arnold Strongman Classic champion Derek Poundstone of Waterbury, Conn.
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While this year's Americas Strongest Man has come and gone, the lasting impressions of the athletes certainly have not. With tremendous performances by a few athletes making their Pro debut to the grizzled veterans showing the young bucks they still “got game”. The American record in the Axle Clean and Press was broken by a guy who only competes in strongman part time and the production value for the fans in Hot Springs, Arkansas was second to none.
Those familiar with strongman or any weight lifting sport know that equipment breaks, athletes wander off, fans get into areas of the event that they shouldnt be, amongst other potential pitfalls. The production team from American Strongman Corporation, the organization responsible for the August 5th and 6th event, set forth a perfectly executed extravaganza. The fans at the Summit Arena were engaged and engrossed in the physical accomplishments these athletes could do. They were even more impressed by how the athletes were showcased and individualized in a way that gave each athlete their own time to shine.