The Arnold Strongman Classic



We are excited about the great athletes who will be competing in the 2016 Arnold Strongman Classic.

Athlete Biographies

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    Hafthor Bjornsson

    Fifth Arnold Strongman Classic Appearance

    Hometown: Kópavogur, Iceland
    Age: 27
    Height: 205 cm/6‘9“
    Weight:190 kg/419 lbs

    Chest: 157cm/61.8 inches
    Thigh: 83 cm/32.7 inches
    Biceps: 55cm/21.7 inches
    Calf: 55 cm/21.7 inches
    Neck: 53 cm/20.9 inches

    Family: Daughter, Theresa Líf, 7 years old
    Profession: Professional Strongman & Actor

    Contest History & Records:
    Fifth Place Arnold Strongman Classic 2014
    Second Place TWI Worlds Strongest Man 2014
    First Place World Strongest Viking Norway 2014 & 2015
    First Place Europe’s Strongest Man 2014
    Iceland‘s Strongest Man 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 & 2015
    Third Place TWI Worlds Strongest Man 2012, 2013 & 2015
    Sixth Place TWI Worlds Strongest Man, 2011
    Eighth Place Arnold Strongman Classic 2013
    Tenth Place Arnold Strongman Classic 2012
    Fourth Place Europe’s Strongest Man 2013
    Second Place Strongman Champions League China, 2013
    Second Place Arnold Strongman Classic Brazil, 2013
    Second Place Strongman Champions League Fibo, Germany, 2013
    Second Place Strongman Champions League Holland, 2013
    First Place Strongman Champions League Latvia, 2013
    Seventh Place Arnold Strongman Classic Madrid, 2012
    Second Place Arnold Strongman Amateur, 2011
    Fifth Place Europe’s Strongest Man 2012
    Fourth place Giant‘s Live, Poland, 2011
    First place Jon Pal Sigmarsson Classic, 2012
    Iceland‘s Strongest Viking 2010, 2011 & 2012

    Best lifts in Powerlifting competition/titles and records:
    Squat - 385 kg/849 lbs. Raw
    Bench press - 230 kg/506 lbs. Raw
    Deadlift - 410 kg/904 lbs. Raw

    Hafþór (Hafthor) began competing in Strongman after an injury to his ankle ended his basketball career. In 2009, powerlifting star Benedikt Magnusson saw Hafþór in the gym and encouraged him to compete in Iceland’s Strongest Viking which was being held the next day. So, Hafþór called Magnus Ver Magnusson, who was running the event, and Magnus allowed him to enter despite the short notice. With no real training, Hafþór won one event and made an Icelandic record in stone carrying. An Icelandic record, it should be noted, is not insignificant as Magnus Ver Magnusson was a four-time winner of the TWI World‘s Strongest Man Contest and Jon Pall Sigmarsson won the event also four times.

    After this auspicious beginning, Hafþór was hooked and began training solely for strongman competitions. He has improved every year, and shocked many when he finished just behind Zydrunas Savickas in the 2014 World’s Strongest Man competition.  As Terry Todd put it, “Hafthor doesn‘t sound right for a man of this size. At the least he should be Thor, or perhaps Thor-and-a-Half.”  No doubt Hafthor himself thinks it should also be Arnold Strongman Classic Champion. In addition to his strongman career, Hafthor has become a pop culture figure because of his recurring role as Gregor Clegane, “The Mountain,” on HBO’s hit series, Game of Thrones.

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    Eddie Hall

    Second Arnold Strongman Classic Appearance

    Hometown: Stoke on Trent, England
    Age: 28
    Height: 6' 2"
    Weight: 182kg / 400lbs

    Chest: 62"
    Arms: 22"
    Thighs: 34"
    Neck: 25"

    Family: Wife: Alexandra; daughter, Layla, aged seven; and son, Maximus, aged three.
    Coach: Julian Howard
    Job: Professional Strongman 

    Records held in Strongman/Powerlifting Events outside the Arnold:
    400kg (882 lbs) raw squat
    300kg (661 lbs) raw bench
    463kg (1020 lbs) raw strongman deadlift

    Contest History & Lifting Records:
    First Place, United Kingdom’s Strongest Man, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, & 2015
    Fourth Place, TWI World’s Strongest Man, 2015
    First Place, Britain’s Strongest Man, 2014, 2015, 2016
    First Place, England’s Strongest Man, 2010 & 2011

    Eddie began his sport career as a swimmer, and was an age-group national champion between ages 11-15 in England.  However, as he grew older, and substantially larger, he gave up the pool for barbells. He began bodybuilding at age 16, and then, at age 20, began training and competing in Strongman.  Two years later he won England's Strongest Man (2010) and then, at only 23 years of age, in 2011, he won UK's Strongest Man as well.  Hall is the youngest man to have held the prestigious UK title.  In 2012 he was invited to participate in the TWI World’s Strongest Man contest for the first time and finished fourth in his heat.  In 2014, when he was invited back, he did far better and finished sixth overall.  Hall is known for his tremendous overhead pressing ability and his deadlifting strength.

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    Mateusz Kieliszkowski

    Second Arnold Strongman Classic Appearance
    Third Place, 2015 Arnold Strongman Classic

    Hometown: Zielona Gora, Poland
    Age: 23
    Coach: None

    Height: 195 cm/ 6’4.75”
    Weight: 143 kg / 315 pound

    Contest History & Lifting Records:
    Third Place, Arnold Strongman Classic, 2015
    First Place, Arnold Amateur Strongman Contest, 2014
    Poland Strongman Champion, 2015

    Records held in Strongman/Powerlifting Events outside the Arnold:
    Deadlift: 370 kg/815.7 lbs
    Squat: 320 kg/705.5 lbs
    Bench Press: 220 kg/484 lbs

    Mateusz Kieliskowski was only 21 when he won the Arnold Amateur Strongman contest in 2014 which makes him, at age 22, the youngest competitor to ever compete in the Arnold Strongman Classic when he entered it last year. Mateus surprised nearly everyone when he finished third in 2015 and in the days leading up to the 2016 contest there’s been lost of speculation on how the young Pole will do this year. Mateusz grew up playing soccer and began weight training in high school to be better at his sport. At 17 he became interested in strongman and began training on its special events. Four years later he won the Arnold Amateurs and earned a ticket to the pro contest. One old time official who’s been part of the Arnold Strongman Classic from the beginning said of Mateus, “His future in the sport seems limitless. He hasn’t yet filled out his big frame…but when he does—the senior men need to watch out. This kid is seriously strong!”

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    Vytautas Lalas

    Second Arnold Strongman Classic Appearance
    2013 Arnold Strongman Classic Champion

    Hometown: Mazeikiaia, Lithuania
    Age: 33
    Height: 178 cm/ 5’10”
    Weight: 140 kg/309 pounds

    Chest: 135 cm/53 inches
    Biceps: 56 cm/22 inches
    Family: Wife, Simona; son Vytautas; and daughter, Leja
    Job: Co-owner of Top Performance Gym in Kilkenny, Ireland

    Contest History & Records:
    First Place, Arnold Strongman Classic, 2013
    First Place Strongman Champion League Lithuania, 2013
    Second Place, Strongman Champion League Czech Republic, 2013
    Second Place, Europe’s Strongest Man, 2013
    First Place, Giants Live-Poland, 2013
    Sixth Place, TWI World’s Strongest Man, 2013
    Third Place, Arnold Strongman Europe, 2012
    Second Place World Strongest Man, 2012
    Second Place Europe’s Strongest Man, 2012
    Second Place Lithuania’s Strongest Man, 2012
    First Place, Giant's Live Poland, 2010

    Vytautas Lalas, the stoutly-built Lithuanian, was a surprise victor at the 2013 Arnold Strongman Classic, beating out gargantuan Brian Shaw and a strong field of competitors to take home his first Louis Cyr trophy.  Even those who watched Lalas compete in the 2012 TWI World’s Strongest Man Contest, in which he lost by only a narrow margin to his countryman, Zydrunas Savickas, were shocked on Saturday evening in 2013 when the shortest man in the lineup—the  5’10”, 310-pound Lalas—emerged the victor. Lalas used his incredibly wide shoulders to set a new Arnold Classic record in the Circus Dumbbell Press in the final event of the contest to take home the trophy—making five reps with the 120 kilo/264 pound monster for a new Arnold record.   A quiet, serious man, he, like his good friend Zydrunas, listed reading as a favorite recreational activity.  Lalas moved to Dublin, Ireland several years ago where he now runs a gym and does the majority of his training.

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    Aleksandr Lysenko

    First Arnold Strongman Classic Appearance
    2015 Arnold Classic Amateur Contest Champion

    Hometown: Vladimir, Russia
    Age: 31
    Height: 6'3"/191 cm
    Weight: 166 kg/366 pounds

    Chest: 151 cm/59.4 inches
    Biceps: 51 cm/20.1 inches
    Thigh: 84 cm/33.1 inches
    Neck: 53 cm/20.9 inches

    Family: daughter, Varvara, age 8
    Job: Lawyer, economist

    Contest History & Lifting Records:
    First Place, Arnold Amateur Strongman World Championships, 2015
    Appeared in 2015 TWI's World's Strongest Man
    Fifth Place, Strongman Champions League in Vladivostok, Russia, 2013

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    Jerry Pritchett

    Fourth Arnold Strongman Classic Appearance

    Hometown: Phoenix, AZ
    Age: 35
    Height: 193 cm/6’4"
    Weight: 169 kg/370 lbs.

    Chest: 142.24 cm/56 inches
    Biceps: 55.88 cm/22 inches

    Family: Wife, Kasey; Daughter, Abigail (age 10) and son, James (age 5)
    Job: Metal Fabricator and gym owner

    Contest History & Records
    Third Place World Deadlift Championships, 2015
    Third Place World Team Championship, 2015
    Tenth Place Finalist, World’s Strongest Man, 2015
    Eighth Place Arnold Strongman Classic, 2015
    First Place, Mr. Olympia International MAS Wrestling, 2014
    Ninth Place Finalist, World's Strongest Man, 2014
    Seventh Place Arnold Strongman Classic, 2013
    Fifth Place Arnold Strongman Classic Brazil, 2013
    First Place MET-Rx All American Strongman Challenge, 2013
    2012 MET-Rx World's Strongest Man 4th place in his heat
    2012 Giants Live Poland 6th Place
    2012 Sin City III Strongman Challenge 1st Place
    2012 MET-Rx All American Strongman Challenge 6th Place

    Born and reared in Phoenix Arizona, Jerry has been involved in sports most of his life, graduating from T-ball to Little League and then to high school basketball and football. In an effort to become stronger for football, Jerry began weight training and at age 15 deadlifted 460 pounds in his first meet. Although he concentrated on powerlifting (and sprint car racing) for a number of years, he gradually became interested in Strongman and entered his first contest in 2008 where he placed second. Since then, Pritchett has made steady improvement and finished fifth in the Arnold Strongman Classic in 2014. He is now a regular fixture on the world Strongman stage where he is feared for his great deadlifting strength. Jerry also competes in MAS Wrestling and won the International Championships at the Mr. Olympia this past year. Jerry is married to Kasey, who helps him at contests; they have two children. Jerry runs Pritchett Power Training and also works as a metal fabricator for a major utility company in Mesa, Arizona.

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    Dimitar Savatinov

    Third Arnold Strongman Classic Appearance

    Hometown: Gotze Delchev, Bulgaria 
    Age: 35
    Height: 178 cm/5’10”
    Weight: 150 kilos/330 lbs.

    Chest: 150 cm/59.1 inches
    Biceps: 56 cm/22 inches

    Family: Wife- Kat Savatinova 

    Contest History & Records
    Fourth, Arnold Strongman Classic, 2015
    Seventh Place, World's Strongest Man Finals, 2015
    First, America's Strongest Man, 2015
    Third, Forca Bruta, Brazil, 2016
    Ninth Place, Arnold Strongman Classic, 2014
    First, America’s Strongest Man, 2014
    Second Place LA Fit Expo All American Strongman Challenge, 2014
    Third Place America’s Strongest Man, 2013
    First Place Odd Haugen Strongman Challenge-Los Angeles, 2013
    First Place Battle at Baywood Strongman Championships, 2013
    First Place Central Georgia Strongest Man, 2013
    Ninth Place Arnold Amateur Strongman Championships, 2013
    Third Place NAS National Championships, 2011

    Dimitar Savatinov, or “Mitko,” as his friends call him, was born in Russia to a Russian mother and Bulgarian father. His family moved to Bulgaria when he was only two years old and his mother, sister and niece continue to live in Gotze Delchev, Bulgaria, a town of about 20,000 people in southern Bulgaria. His father passed away five years ago and never had the chance to see Dimitar compete in Strongman. Dimitar participated in wrestling in high school and continued to wrestle during his time in the Bulgarian army which he joined at age 18. After leaving the army, he began working security at various nightclubs in Bulgaria and through his work at the clubs met several circus acrobats who asked him to join their act.  In 2006, Dimitar came to the United States with a Bulgarian Acrobatic Teeterboard Act to perform for Ringling Brothers Circus on a two year tour. During this time he met his future wife, Katherine, an electrician with the circus. Although life on the road with the circus made regular weight training difficult, Dimitar did what he could and in 2009 was invited by some local powerlifters to go with them to a powerlifting contest. According to Dimitar, his experience at the meet inspired him to begin pursue strength for its own ends and he began training for Strongman contests. He entered his first Strongman contest in May of 2009 and won first place. From 2008 to 2012 Dimitar continued to work with the Ringling Brothers Circus as a member of the technical crew, along with his wife. However, when the circus’s strongman was injured in 2012, Dimitar took over his act for the next six months. The act that he then performed included laying on broken glass while a board on his chest had twelve performers dancing on it, bending iron bars, holding and spinning seven girls on a  human carousel, lifting a 200-pound kettle bell, and, finally, having a car drive over him.  Since this period as a circus strongman, Mitko has been training full-time for Strongman competitions. Known for his terrific overhead pressing ability, Mitko has emerged as one of the top professionals in the world. He says, “I feel fortunate to have had the chance to work for Ringling Brothers as a circus strongman but now I want to focus on being a real strongman . . . my focus now is on strength, and I’m thrilled to have made it to the Arnold Strongman Classic again this year.”

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    Zydrunas Savickas

    Seven Time Arnold Strongman Classic Champion, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 & 2014
    Four Time TWI World’s Strongest Man Champion
    Second Place, 2015 Arnold Strongman Classic

    Hometown: Vilnius, Lithuania
    Age: 40
    Height: 190.5 cm/6’3’’
    Weight: 182 kg/400 lbs

    Chest: 150 cm/59.1 inches
    Biceps: 55 cm/21.7 inches
    Thigh: 91 cm/35.3 inches
    Calf: 55 cm/21.7 inches
    Neck: 55 cm/21.7 inches

    Family: Wife: Jurgita
    Career: Professional Strongman and Gym Owner
    Contest History:
    Second Place, Arnold Strongman Classic, 2015
    First Place TWI World’s Strongest Man Winner, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2014.
    First Place Arnold Strongman Classic in 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 & 2014
    First Place Arnold Strongman Classic Europe, 2012
    World Log Lift Champion, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 & 2014
    Fourteen-time Champion Lithuania’s Strongest Man, 1998-00, 2002, and 2004-2013
    First Place Strongman Champions League, 2008 & 2012
    First Place IFSA Strongman World Championship, 2006
    First Place IFSA Strongman World Championship, 2005
    Second Place TWI World’s Strongest Man, 2002, 2003 and 2004

      Records held in Strongman Events outside the Arnold
    Log lift: 227.5 kilos/ 500 pounds at Giant’s Live 2014
    Axle Press: 212 kilos/467.4 pounds
    Apollon’s Wheel:: 166 kilos/366 pounds x 8 clean & press each rep
    Giant Barbell Deadlift Reps: 320 kilos/705.5 pounds x 10
    22 kilos/48.5 pounds Medicine Ball: 17 feet in height
    Ring of Stones: 25.65 seconds
    Hummer Tire Deadlift: 524.22 kg/1156.70 pounds (2014 record)

    Zydrunas Savickas was born on July 15, 1975 in Birzai, Lithuania. As a child he was stronger and taller than most of his classmates and after watching a Strongman contest on TV in 1989, he decided to try to become a professional strongman. At age 16 he entered his first Strongman contest and, although he did not win, he beat a number of adult competitors in the contest. During his teenage years he also began to train in Powerlifting (starting at age 13) and in only his second contest he set new Lithuanian records. For several years he competed in both sports, totaling over 2200 pounds to win the silver medal in the IPF World Powerlifting Championships in 2000.

    Zydrunas’ powerlifting career was cut short when he suffered a double knee injury in a Strongman contest in 2001. Although some felt he could never lift again, Zydrunas continued training, focusing primarily on Strongman contests.  Now, Zydrunas is considered by nearly everyone to be the strongest man in the world and many argue that he is the strongest man in history. This reputation is based on his dominance in the Arnold Strongman Classic, which uses the heaviest weights in the Strongman world. He is a seven-time winner of the Arnold Strongman Classic (2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008), and a four-time winner of the TWI World’s Strongest Man Contest—a combined string of victory in the sport’s two major contests which far exceeds anyone else in history of Strongman. A little-known fact about Zydrunas is that the measurements of his upper arm, his calf, and his neck are exactly the same, a rare balance the sculptors in Ancient Greece considered to be ideal. Visit Zydrunas's Website

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    Brian Shaw

    Champion, Arnold Strongman Classic, 2011 & 2015
    First Place, TWI World’s Strongest Man, 2011, 2013 & 2015

    Hometown: Fort Lupton, Colorado
    Age: 34
    Height: 203.2 cm/6’8’’
    Weight: 191kg/420 lbs

    Chest: 152.4 cm/60 inches

    Job: Professional Strongman
    Wife: Keri Shaw
    Parents: Jay and Bonnie Shaw

    Contest History & Records
    First Place, Arnold Strongman Classic, 2015
    First Place World’s Strongest Man 2015
    First Place Arnold Strongman Classic Australia 2015
    First Place Arnold Strongman Classic Brazil 2015
    Second Place, Arnold Strongman Classic, 2014
    Third Place, World’s Strongest Man, 2014
    First Place Arnold Strongman Classic-Europe, 2013
    First Place Americas Strongest Man, 2013
    First Place TWI Worlds Strongest Man, 2013
    First Place Arnold Strongman Classic Brazil, 2013
    Second Place Arnold Strongman Classic, 2013
    Fourth Place Arnold Strongman Classic, 2012
    Fourth Place TWI World’s Strongest Man, 2012
    First Place Arnold Strongman Classic, 2011
    First Place TWI World’s Strongest Man, 2011
    First Place Jon Pall Sigmarsson Classic, 2011
    First Place Giants Live London, 2011
    Fifth Place Arnold Classic Strongman, 2010
    Second Place TWI World’s Strongest Man Contest, 2010
    First Place Jon Pall Sigmarsson Classic, 2010
    First Place Viking Power Challenge, 2010
    First Place Swedish Grand Prix, 2010  
    Second Place Mohegan Sun Grand Prix, 2010 
    First Place Giants Live South Africa, 2010
    Second Place Giants Live (Istanbul), 2010
    First Place WSM Super Series, 2009
    First Place All American Strongman Challenge, 2009
    Third Place TWI World Strongest Man, 2009
    Third Place Fortissimus World Strength Challenge, 2009
    Notable Strongman Achievements:
    Stone Lift: 2011 Arnold Strongman Classic, 4 reps with 535 pound stone over a 4” bar in 53.13 seconds. (Set a new record with the stone at the Arnold in 2013 with 3 reps of the 540 lb. stone)
    Hummer Tire Deadlift: 1128.14 lbs at 2014 Arnold Strongman Classic.
    Brian Shaw is the first man to have won the Arnold Strongman Classic and the World’s Strongest Man contest in the same calendar year, a feat he accomplished in 2011 and then replicated in 2015. Brian was born in and continues to live in Colorado and he began his athletic career there as a basketball player in high school.   He then attended Otero Junior College and Black Hills State University where, at a bodyweight between 242 and 270 pounds, he played on the varsity basketball team.  After graduation, Shaw needed something else to compete in and became interested in Strongman contests.  He entered the Denver Strongest Man contest in 2005 and won handily with no formal training.  It hooked him, he explained, and he loved the sense of seeing his strength increase.  Shaw admits that, “I always had unusual strength, even before I really started training. The biggest tire, the heaviest stone, I've always been able to walk up and lift it. Odd strength is what it is, not weight-room strength; it’s brute strength, brute power.”  According to Shaw, he was inspired to take up Strongman by watching the World’s Strongest Man shows on TV, “I had always been very into training and Strongman came very naturally to me.”  Shaw, who wears a size 17 shoe and has exceptionally large hands, believes Strongman competitions represent the best test of overall body strength.  “I love the competition, and the feeling you have when you know you’re stronger than every man on the planet,” said Brian.

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    Mikhail Shivlykov

    Second Arnold Strongman Classic Apperance

    Hometown: Omsk, Russia
    Age: 35
    Height: 6’1”/187 cm
    Weight: 143 kilos/315 pounds

    Chest: 53.5 inches/136 cm
    Biceps: 19.7 inches/50 cm
    Thighs: 31.1 inches/79 cm
    Neck: 19.7 inches/50 cm

    Family: Wife Natalia Pirogova; daughter, Polina, age 16
    Coach: Vasyliy Grishenko
    Job: Professional Strongman

    Records held in Strongman/Powerlifting events outside the Arnold:
    400 kg (882 lbs) squat
    400 kg deadlift

    Contest History & Records
    First Place Arnold Amateur Strongman Championships, 2013
    Tenth Place, Arnold Strongman Classic, 2014
    Ninth Place, TWI's World's Strongest Man, 2015

    Mikhail was a former Russian special forces (Black Beret) marine who earned distinction during the military operations in Chechnya and was awarded both the Surorov and Zhukov medals for valor during his military career. (The Zhukov medal is one of the highest medals given by the Russian military and honors a man who displays “bravery, selflessness and personal courage in fighting for the protection of the Motherland.”) Shivlykov won the right to compete at the 2014 Arnold Strongman Classic by winning the 2013 Arnold Amateur Competition. Mikhail, or Misha, as his friends call him is also the powerlifting champion of Siberia. Through his translator he told the Classic organizers that “I am honored to be given a chance to compete with the strongest men of the world, and test my own abilities.”

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    Krzysztof Radzikowski

    Alternate for the 2016 Arnold Strongman Classic

    Hometown: Glowno, Poland
    Age: 35
    Height: 6'1"/187 cm
    Weight: 330 pounds/150 kilos

    Job: Teacher and professional strongman

    Contest History & Records
    Second Place, Arnold Strongman Classic Australia, 2015
    Second Place Arnold Strongman Classic Brazil, 2015 Second Place Europa Strongest Man, 2015 First Place Strongman Champions League Overall, 2015 First Place, Strongman Champions League, 2013. Third, Arnold Strongman Europe contest, 2013 Fourth Place, Arnold Strongman Classic, 2013

Rogue Record Breakers Athlete Biographies

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    Odd Haugen

    Hometown: Tingvoll, Norway
    Age: 66
    Height: 6'4"/193 cm
    Weight: 295 pounds/134 kilos

    Odd was born in 1950 in Tingvoll, Norway. He began training at an early age, and won the title of Mr. Norway in 1970. As the senior competitor in most Strongman Competitions, he has not only held his own, but has outpaced competitors half his age. He has also competed all over the world, including international events in Mexico, and the Dominican Republic. Odd has been lifting weights for more than forty years and had competed at a high level in strength athletics, such as powerlifting, Olympic Weightlifting, bodybuilding and American Football. He currently works as the president and COO at dotFit, providing online fitness and weight loss programs.
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    Mike Burke

    Hometown: Aurora, Colorado
    Age: 41
    Height: 6'6"/198 cm
    Weight: 350 pounds/160 kilos

    Chest: 54inches/135cm
    Thigh: 29 inches/72.5cm
    Biceps: 19.5 inches/47.5cm
    Calf: 19.5 inches/48.75cm
    Neck: 19 inches/47.5cm

    Family: Wife, Maree; Son, Michael; Daughter, Isabella
    Profession: Framing contractor

    Contest History & Records:
    Third Place (tied with Vytautas Lalas) at Arnold Strongman Classic 2014
    Fourth Place, World’s Strongest Man Contest, 2014
    Fifth Place Arnold Strongman Classic 2013
    Fifth Place TWI World’s Strongest Man, 2013
    Second Place Strongman Champion’s League Finals, 2013
    Fourth Place Arnold Strongman Classic Brazil, 2013
    Fourth Place Arnold Strongman Classic Europe, 2012
    First Place La Fitness Expo’s All-American Strongman Challenge, 2012
    First Place America’s Strongest Man, 2012
    Third Place Giants Live, 2012
    First Place MHP Olympia’s Strongest Man, 2011

    Coloradan Mike Burke emerged as one of the top strongmen in the world after he began training in 2010. Burke, who runs a construction firm in Aurora, Colorado, is also known for his prodigious grip strength. During our new event, “Record Breakers,” Mike will try to set a world record in the Thomas Inch Dumbbell Farmer's Walk during the Arnold Weekend this year. Many believe Burke’s large paws deserve to be called, “The Strongest Hands in the World.”

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