Greg Panora, age 33, is a powerlifter and resident of Portland, Maine. The 5'10", 270 lbs. competitor has a teaching degree and is a strength coach at CrossFit Casco Bay Gyms. Panora trains at CrossFit Casco Bay and Dyna Maxx.
Let's learn more about powerlifter Greg Panora!
Zack McCarley, age 26, is a three-time America's Strongest Man under 231 lbs. and six-time National champion in Strongman. The 5'8", 230 lbs. competitor is a resident of Ellensburg, Washington and holds a BS in Chemistry with Biochemistry specialization. McCarley is currently a graduate student in Chemistry and has worked as a para-educator and as a concrete finisher. He trains at Ellensburg CrossFit and RABFitness.
Let's learn more about this six-time National Strongman champion!
Laurie "bull.dogz" Smith, age 42, and her 16-year-old son reside in Tracy, California. The 5'4", 155 lbs. powerlifter has a career in inside sales for an electrical supply company, is a crossfit coach for Crossfit Tracy and is a rep for Controlled Labs supplements. She trains and coaches at Crossfit Tracy. Let's learn more about bull.dogz!
Adrian "ALPHA" Larsen is 34 years old and currently lives about 20 minutes south of Portland, Oregon. Larsen trains at Nautilus Plus and Elite Performance Center. ALPHA stands 5'6" and weighs 220 lbs. and is quick to mention his supportive lady, one Courtney Gould. "She is really the rock in my world. She supports, encourages and helps me reach my goals. I am very thankful to have her in my life."
Let's learn more about powerlifter Adrian Larsen!
Powerlifter Shawn Bellon, age 41, has his BS in Education and has been a Strength Coach and Trainer for 20 years. Let's learn more about this 6'1", 250 lbs. powerhouse!
Stan “Bear” Carradine, age 31, is a resident of Denver, Colorado. The 5’10”, 280-pound Pro Strongman has a career in broadcasting and trains at Colorado’s Pro Gym. Let’s learn more about new American Pro Strongman Stan Carradine!
Table Time #1: Craig “The Disciple” Soubliere
Arm wrestler Craig “The Disciple” Soubliere is 42 years old, 5’10”, 270 lbs. and a resident of Ormond Beach, Florida. He has been weight training for 32 years and was a personal trainer and nutritional consultant for 20 years, but recently returned to school to get a degree in Human Services with the goal of becoming an addictions counselor.
The Strength Series, Interview #6: Pro Strongman Andrew Clayton
American Pro Strongman Andrew Clayton, age 21, of Jacksonville, Florida, is 6’2” and currently weighs 285 lbs. Clayton has his Bachelors of Science in Athletic Training, Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, and is an International Sports Sciences Association Certified Personal Trainer who works security by night and consults for UrbankStrong Diet and Training* by day.
The Strength Series, Interview #5: Strongman Athlete Maya Camille Winters!
Maya Camille Winters is a painter and art professor and a strongman competitor! The 34-year-old, 5’5”, 155 lbs. resident of Lansdowne, Pennsylvania (Philadelphia area) has her BFA in Fine Art as well as her MFA in Painting. She currently trains at Frontline Crossfit in Trainer, PA. The gym is owned by Joey Riccardi and Michelle Spitelli.
The Strength Series, Interview #4: Strongman Ryan Malin
Ryan Malin, age 29, grew up watching the World’s Strongest Man competitions but never dreamed he would be that strong. While playing semi-pro football, the 6’4” 315 lbs. St. George, Utah native discovered he could flip tires! Malin was introduced to Van Hatfield who invited him to try some events. He loved it and has been doing it ever since. Let’s learn a little more about Strongman Ryan Malin!
The Strength Series, Interview #3: Strongman Kalle Beck
Kalle Beck, age 29, 5’7” and 185 lbs. is a resident of Carmel Valley, California, owner and founder of StartingStrongman.com and the co-host of American Strongman Radio. Beck trains at Crossfit Monterey. “A veteran in the sport with dozens of competitions under his belt, Beck has gained a vast amount of knowledge on strongman training. 2012 was his break out year where he lost 35 pounds transforming his body to compete in the new 175 pound strongman class,” according to http://letkallelift.com/about/ Let’s learn more about strongman Kalle Beck!
The Strength Series, Interview #2: Lou Costa
Lou Costa, age 31, currently 280 lbs. (competitive weight 330 lbs.), resides in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, home of Ironmill – visit https://www.facebook.com/Ironmill and see also www.ussstrengthco.com – and has a degree in Sports Administration with a minor in business. Let’s learn more about this gym proprietor, husband, father, dog owner, and strongman!
Words Over the Bar #1: Mike Zolkiewicz, Highland Games Champion!
Mike Zolkiewicz is a 6’4’’, 290-pound Highland games competitor and world record holder. He is also owner of PowerClean Fitness in East Longmeadow, Massachusetts. Let’s learn more about this champion.
The Strength Series, Interview #1: Strongman Scott Wallace
Scott Wallace, age 39, is a 6’2”, 295 lbs. resident of Chilliwack, BC, Canada. He is a Correctional Officer for Correctional Services Canada. The Cheam Center in Chilliwack (as well as his garage) serves as the training center for this Strongman competitor. Let’s learn more about Strongman Scott Wallace!
PROFILES IN POWER #2: Neil Tkatchuk
Neil Tkatchuk, age 28, of Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada, has a brother named Marc and a wife named Erika. He trains at – and is co-owner/operator of – Trench Fitness and has an alphabet soup of degrees including his Bachelors in Kinesiology majoring in Fitness and Lifestyle, CSCS (Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist), CPT (Certified Personal Trainer through CSEP), and CISSN (Certified Sports Nutritionist).
Second Arnold Classic appearance
Jerry began his strength career in powerlifting at the age of 15. Prior to his involvement in strongman contests, Jerry was a Sprint Car driver and still enjoys racing in his spare time.
First Arnold Classic appearance
Robert Oberst is a relative newcomer to the sport of strongman having competed in his first contest as a pro only one and a half years ago. Once turning pro, however, Oberst has quickly made his way into the higher ranks of the sport with an impressive win at the MetRx Odd Haugen Strength Challenge last summer and a top ten finish in the 2013 World's Strongest Man.
First Arnold Classic appearance
Dimitar worked as a strongman for a Bulgarian Acrobatic Teeterboard Act and Ringling Brothers Circus before competing in strength events. "My focus now is on strength, and I'm thrilled to have made it to the Arnold Strongman Classic this year," said Dimitar.
Second Arnold Classic appearance
"My dream is to be considered the strongest man in the world... that is the dream of all strongmen. I know I am not as large as some of the top men, but I love to train, and even though this is a very hard sport, with very hard training you can succeed."
Third-year competitor at the Arnold Classic
Hafthor began competing in strongman after an injury to his ankle ended his basketball career. In his first contest, with no real training, Hafthor won one event and made an Icelandic record in stone carrying. After this auspicious beginning, Hafthor was hooked and began training solely for strongman competitions. Since 2009, he has won seven competitions.