- Location: Gothenburg, Sweden
- Date: December 8-9
The Fitness Festival was first held in its original form in 1986. The festival has grown to become Scandinavia’s natural meeting point for the fitness and wellbeing trends of today and tomorrow. In 2007 the festival is set to be the best ever. Hopefully both where marketing and the number of visitors are concerned. visitor statistics show an ever rising number of visitors and we reckon on welcoming at least 10.000 high quality visitors this year.
The Fitness Festival represents an opportunity for club owners, personal trainers and active people from all over Scandinavia to meet under one roof. And over the course of the festival there will be activities going on all the time to attract visitors from the growing Scandinavian fitness market.
Sports nutrition, fitness and training equipment, wellbeing and beauty, health, care and rehabilitation, consultancy for the fitness & wellbeing sector, aerobics, music and fashion.
The amateur competitors marching in and disrobing for Luciapokalen Bodybuilding:
The World’s Biggest Beginner Bodybuilding Competition!
This Thursday, firefighter and 2006 World’s Strongest Man, Phil Pfister, 35, appeared on The Late Show With David Letterman. Phil got to show his strength by flipping a car in front of Letterman’s studio. Phil is the first American to win this competition since Bill Kazmaier in 1982, ending a 24 year drought:
“Bill Kazmaier, a Wisconsin native who now lives in Alabama, was the last American to own the title, winning from 1980 to 1982. Kazmaier watched Pfister’s performance and called Saturday “one of the greatest days of my life, without a doubt.”
“I’ve watched him 10 years now develop and gain strength, both in body, mind and spirit,” Kazmaier said Tuesday. “It couldn’t have happened to a better man.”
In an interview prior to the Late Show event with Charleston Daily Mail Pfister was unsure if he was to be interviewed inside the studio (he wasn’t) by Letterman:
“In one sense it’s very exciting, but in another it’s potentially disappointing that I may or may not sit in the studio,” he said. “I’d prefer to sit down and have a reasonable conversation with whoever’s show I am on. I’d rather be a person than a spectacle.”
Pfister plans on competing at the Arnold Classic Strongman during Arnold Sports Festival, during Arnold Fitness Weekend in February in Columbus, Ohio. Next year he also hopes to defend his World’s Strongest Man title. The 6-foot-6, 325-pound Charleston firefighter was back at work three days after winning the 10-day competition in Sanya, China…
The contest will be broadcast on ESPN2 on Dec. 23, in a six-hour marathon from 6:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. American Strongman Corporation has more recent updates about Phil Pfister.
August 8th Russian weightlifter/strongman had a strength training seminar in Glasgow, Scotland. The video of some of his lifts that day has been uploaded to YouTube. 400kg Deadlift, 240kg Clean and Jerk, 150kg Muscle Snatch, 260kgx3 Front Squat. Just wow!
“City of Glasgow Weightlifting Club presents a strength training seminar by super heavyweight champion and IFSA strongman Mikhail Koklyaev.
- Russian Super Heavy Weightlifting Champion
- Snatch 210kg, C+J 250kg
- World Strongest Man 3rd Place 2005
- IFSA strongman ranked 2nd place
- BW 140kg, height 6ft 4 inches
Demonstration – witness amazing feats of strength in Olympic, power and strength exercises.
Interactive workshop – have the opportunity to find out more about the training involved to become one of the strongest ever human beings.”
“Weighing 153 kg at the moment, the tremendously popular World’s Strongest Man winner Magnus Samuelsson said that his back is recovering and he looking forward to competing in this year’s MET-Rx World’s Strongest Man contest, which would be his eleventh appearance in the WSM competition.
Known for having the world’s strongest arms and grip, among other things, Samuelsson is quite a bench presser, as well, and as an indication of his current strength levels, the 1998 World’s Strongest Man winner said he would have no hesitation about going for a 300-kg bench press on a stage in front of thousands of people – no shirt, just touch and go.”
Arizona Daily Star reports a strongman feat that possibly saved a life:
“A hefty bystander at a road accident in southern Arizona heaved a car clean off a trapped teenage cyclist, possibly saving his life, police said on Friday. Eighteen-year-old Kyle Holtrust was struck by a car as he pedaled along a Tucson highway late on Wednesday and pinned beneath it, city police said.
Tucson paintshop worker Tom Boyle, who is 6 feet 4 inches tall and weighs 300 pounds, grabbed the Chevrolet Camaro car and lifted it, allowing the driver to haul the injured cyclist clear. “He lifted that side of the car completely off the ground,” police spokesman Frank Amado told Reuters by telephone.”
Mark Memmotts blog posting on this story has many comments about the feat.
Tucson Citizen has more in an article called: ‘Rescuer says traffic victim real hero‘:
“Boyle said his wife told him he was holding up the car for about 45 seconds. He doesn’t know who pulled the teen out. While waiting for an ambulance, Boyle held the teen, rubbed his head and told him everything would be OK.”
The website for American Strongman Association has frequent updates pertaining to the American competition scene (within its own federation). This weekends quest was for the title of ‘Americas Strongest Man’:
“The fourth and final event that would crown America’s Strongest Man 2006 were the famous William’s Strength Atlas Stones. This event came down to a very tight race by all athletes. The top four placings in this event was Travis Ortmayer, Marshall White, and Steve MacDonald.
“First there was the Thomas Inch dumbbell – deadlift it for grip world bragging rights – and then came the Millenium Dumbbell (2-3/8 inch handle and 228 pounds), which until yesterday, nobody had ever succeeded in deadlifting.”