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This weekend in Gothenburg: The Swedish Fitness Festival!

The Swedish Fitness Festival!Scandinavia’s No 1 meeting point for the Scandinavian market!

  • 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.

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The Swedish Fitness Festival!

The Swedish Fitness Festival!

The amateur competitors marching in and disrobing for Luciapokalen Bodybuilding:
The World’s Biggest Beginner Bodybuilding Competition!


December 3, 2007 Posted by | Bodybuilding, Competitions, Female Nordic Athletes, Figure, Fitness, Fitness Trends, Fun, Male Nordic Athletes, Personal Training, Seminar, Strongman | 6 Comments

Phil Pfister, World’s Strongest Man, appeared on The Late Show With David Letterman

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.

Phil Pfister, World’s Strongest Man, flips car on The Late Show With David Letterman

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October 6, 2006 Posted by | Arnold Sports Festival, Strongman, TV | 38 Comments

Video: Russian strongman Mikhail Koklyaev demonstrates power!

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.”

August 10, 2006 Posted by | Inspirational, Olympic Weightlifting, Strongman, Video, Weightlifting | 8 Comments

Swedish Strongman Magnus Samuelsson: ‘I’ve never been stronger’

Randall J. Strossen, IronMind, got an update from Swedish Strongman Magnus Samuelsson, and publishes this report:

“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.”

'I’ve never been stronger'

July 31, 2006 Posted by | Competitions, Strongman | 1 Comment

Man lifts car to rescue injured bicyclist

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.”

July 29, 2006 Posted by | Strongman | Leave a comment

Steve MacDonald is the 2006 American Strongest Man!

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.

The 2006 America’s Strongest Man is Steve MacDonald! The top six athletes of 2006 are Steve MacDonald, Jon Andersen, Travis Ortmayer, Kevin Nee, Derek Poundstone, and Nick Best.”

A forum thread about the competition with even more information is avaliable at Strength Discussion, which has the subtitle “Bringing the world of strength sports to the bored and lazy for 5 years”…

Steve MacDonald is the 2006 American Strongest Man!

July 23, 2006 Posted by | Contest Results, Strongman | Leave a comment

Video: Strongman Odd Haugen deadlifts the Millenium Dumbbell

On Sunday June 25 the experienced (read old) strongman competitor Odd Haugen became the first man to lift the Millenium Dumbbell. writes:

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.”

July 22, 2006 Posted by | Strongman, Video, World Record | Leave a comment