Wednesday, July 18, 2012

The Strongest Man in the World

This article is a great read for anyone interested in people doing more than is thought possible:

“I see guys accomplish things that are just blowing my mind”

But most American schools have long since replaced their free weights with machines. “It’s a national disgrace,” Arthur Drechsler, of USA Weightlifting, told me. “If you want to fight childhood obesity or increase fitness, no sport can transform you as much as weight lifting—look at Tommy Kono. And it’s one of the safest things you can do. We don’t have spinal-cord injuries. We don’t have head injuries. They just don’t happen. But weight lifting is not part of the public schools.”

By the time his back was straight, his eyes were burning and blood was streaming from his nose, into his mouth and down his chin. But the lift was good.

I have no interest in being a strongman but I believe that we share the same drive.  We all want to find where our outer limits lay, how far out we can push that limit, and what might be on the other side.


  1. Artie is my coach. He's an awesome guy and so knowledgeable.

  2. I think that weight lifting and ultra running have lots of similarities. Neither require anything really "special" per say like some other sports do, they just require focus and extreme self motivation. The only way to rise to the top of either is with hard work.