2012 Arnold Strongman Classic

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.

The greatest strongmen in the world will engage in a battle of revenge on several fronts. Shaw finished second to Savickas in the 2010 World's Strongest Man, before prevailing at the 2011 Arnold Strongman Classic and the 2011 WSM. Savickas, who many feel is the greatest strongman of his generation, won six straight ASC titlles before not competing in 2009 and losing to Poundstone in 2010. Poundstone, meanwhile, will be looking to recapture the form that helped him win in 2009 and 2010 before sitting out the 2011 contest due to injury.
The complete field will be named soon.

The 2012 Arnold Strongman Classic will likely feature five events – Apollon's Wheel, Hummer Tire Deadlift, Circus Dumbbell, Manhood Stones and Timber Carry designed to test sheer brute strength.

Tentative Schedule for 2012 Arnold Strongman Classic

Friday, March 2, 2-5 p.m. at Arnold Fitness EXPO Stage
Event #1: APOLLON'S WHEELS – The Apollon's Wheel will return to a maximum repetitions event in 2011, with the contestants lifting a 415-pound (187 kg) barbell over their heads as many times as possible.

Best Performances
Zydrunas Savickas: 8 continentals (a two-part movement to get bar to chest) and 8 overhead lifts, 2006 & 2007.
Zydrunas Savickas: 459 pounds for two repetitions in 2010, when the event used a "rising bar" forman.
Mikhail Koklyaev: 7 cleans (one movement to get bar to chest) and 7 jerks, 2009.

Event #2: TIRE DEADLIFT – Contestants lift a specially-designed 14-foot long bar weighted with Hummer tires and metal plates. The beginning weight for the event will be approximately 600 pounds (270 kg).

Best Performances
1,038 pounds (471.8 kg) by Benedikt Magnusson & Oleksandr Pekanov, 2008
Best Performance Outside Competition on 4th Attempt
1,102 pounds (500 kg) by Benedikt Magnusson, 2008

Saturday, March 3, 1:45-4:45 p.m. at Arnold Fitness EXPO Stage
Event #3: MANHOOD STONES -- Contestants lift round stones weighing approximately 535 pounds (243 kg) and 452 pounds (205 kg) over a bar approximately 49 inches high as many times as possible in 90 seconds. Contestants who can lift the heaviest stone will not have to attempt the lighter stone because one rep of the heavier stone will beat any number of reps of the lighter stone.

Best Performance
Brian Shaw: 533 pounds (242 kg) for three reps in 52 seconds, 2010

Event #4: TIMBER CARRY -- Also known as the Farmer’s Walk, contestants will carry a wooden frame weighting approximately 1,050 pounds (477 kg) up a 32-foot inclined ramp as fast a they can. The weight of the apparatus is up from 1,003 pounds (450 kg) in 2010 and 875 pounds in previous years. Competitors will be allowed to use straps for the second straight year.

Best Performances
Andrus Murumets, 6.87 seconds, 2007, carrying 875 pounds and no straps
Derek Poundstone, 9.28 seconds, 2010, carrying 1,003 pounds with straps.

Saturday, March 5, 7 p.m. at Veteran’s Memorial
Event #5: CIRCUS DUMBBELL -- Contestants will lift a 242-pound dumbbell (110 kg), up from 227 pounds in 2010, over their head as many times as possible. Contestants are allowed to use two hands to bring the dumbbell to their shoulders, but must lift it overhead with one hand.

Best Performances
Derek Poundstone, 2009, 15 repetitions with 202 pounds
Derek Poundstone, 2010, 11 repetitions with 227 pounds

The Arnold Strongman Classic is produced by Dr. Terry and Jan Todd of the University of Texas. David Webster is Head Referee. Committee members are Odd Haughen, Dr. John Fair, Bill Kazmaier, Steve Slater, Kim Beckwith, Magnus ver Magnusson, Richard Sorin and Jim Lorimer. Sarah Fair is Scorekeeper. On-stage announcer will be Clint Richards.

Arnold Strongman Classic Champions
2002: Mark Henry
2003: Zydrunas Savickas
2004: Zydrunas Savickas
2005: Zydrunas Savickas
2006: Zydrunas Savickas
2007: Zydrunas Savickas
2008: Zydrunas Savickas
2009: Derek Poundstone.
2010: Derek Poundstone
2011: Brian Shaw

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