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by Randall J. Strossen, Ph.D. | ©2015 IronMind

Martin Wildauer, who won the overall 2014 Strongman Champions League title, was recognized by his hometown (Langkampfen, Austria) for his accomplishment.



The town of Langkampfen, Austria celebrated local heroes Martin Wildauer, SCL World Champion, and Roman Bründl, European master kickboxing. Pictured with the Mayor and Vice Mayor, Andreas Ehrenstrasser and Rudolf Thaler.  IronMind® | Photo courtesy of Strongman Rage
The town of Langkampfen, Austria celebrated local heroes Martin Wildauer, SCL World Champion, and Roman Bründl, European master kickboxing. Pictured with the Mayor and Vice Mayor, Andreas Ehrenstrasser and Rudolf Thaler.  IronMind® | Photo courtesy of Strongman Rage



Martin Wildauer’s Hometown Celebrates Its World Champion
by Aryn Lockhart/Strongman Rage

Langkampfen, Austria—In the heart of the Austrian alps, the town of Langkampfen honored Martin Wildauer.  In grand fashion with the marching band and the Mayor in attendance, hundreds from the local community came out to support Wildauer and his international accomplishment.

Wildauer talked of his journey to the championship and described Strongman Champions League and its various stages. He spent time describing the intense competitions throughout the world in addition to the unique camaraderie among the athletes. He also talked of his injury indicating that his recover is going well and heavy training will begin in the coming weeks. In true champion form, Wildauer took the opportunity to present gifts to his friends and family while thanking them for their support on his journey to World Champion.

“I feel very honored that my town took the time to recognize me,” Wildauer stated. “I love that more and more people are learning about the Strongman sport.”

Strongman Champions League starts up again on the 31st of January in Norway. Wildauer, is not ready to compete, but is working to get healthy as quickly as possible with plans to defend his title.

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by Randall J. Strossen, Ph.D. | ©2015 IronMind

MHP Strongman Champions League has launched its new website today and a key element is the  2015 calendar for what is the world’s largest professional strongman tour.

 “With pride and happiness, the MHP Strongman Champions League presents its new calendar 2015 on its new website 2015,” Marcel Mostert told IronMind today.  IronMind® | Courtesy of SCL
“With pride and happiness, the MHP Strongman Champions League presents its new calendar 2015 on its new website 2015,” Marcel Mostert told IronMind today. IronMind® | Courtesy of SCL


“Again we have 16 SCL stages, all over the world, and some extra competitions as well,” said Marcel Mostert, co-founder of SCL.

“For the 8th year in a row, we present another 16 great competitions whereas the champions of their countries will be invited.

“The best of the best will compete against each other for a whole year to crown the world champion 2015 in November. Broadcasting in 93 countries for sure and more to come.
 
“But we also present other news: We have a new website, with new layout, also for mobile phones compatible, complete with Facebo, etc.
“And our main sponsor, MHP, the world’s leading supplement company for all power sports at the moment, will continue as well for the third year now as the main title sponsor in the MHP Strongman Champions League.

“Together with SPX - POWER TEAM hydraulic systems, Strongman Rage and Protekton as these sponsors  will continue as well  because their exposure was fantastic and absolutely phenomenal in 2014.  We are very happy to have them on board, they are the pillars under our construction for sure.
 
“So, don’t miss anything in the future about the World Strongest League and check out now already our new website and calendar 2015 at www.strongmancl.com.”


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by Randall J. Strossen, Ph.D. | ©2015 IronMind

Odd Haugen chose a fitting way to celebrate his 65th birthday: He turned lifting the Inch Dumbbell into a cardio event by knocking off 65 reps with the “unliftable dumbbell.”

Odd Haugen holding the 65th rep on the Inch Dumbbell for the camera. IronMind® | Photo courtesy of Romark Weiss Photography
Odd Haugen holding the 65th rep on the Inch Dumbbell for the camera. IronMind® | Photo courtesy of Romark Weiss Photography

Haugen, a champion of and a champion at grip strength events took what for a lot of grip guys is a one-rep goal and showed that if you’re strong enough, you can lift the Inch dumbbell so many times that it becomes more a matter of stamina than strength.

Here’s a link to the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_v62AsdPDsY

Happy Birthday and nice going, Viking guy!


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by Randall J. Strossen, Ph.D. | ©2015 IronMind

Robert Spindler, aka Eisenhans, a lifetime drug-free strength athlete who has made his mark in powerlifting and stone lifting to working as a circus strongman, has just been certified on the IronMind Red Nail, a benchmark steel bend.

Powerlifter, stone lifter and circus strongman—multi-talented Robert Spindler has added to his accomplishments in the strength world: he has just been certified on the IronMind Red Nail, a world standard for steel bends. IronMind® | Randall J. Strossen
Powerlifter, stone lifter and circus strongman—multi-talented Robert Spindler has added to his accomplishments in the strength world: he has just been certified on the IronMind Red Nail, a world standard for steel bends. IronMind® | Randall J. Strossen


Asked by IronMind for some background information, Robert wrote:

"I live in Innsbruck, Austria, I'm thirty years old, weigh 100kg (220lbs) and I'm 180cm (5' 10") tall.

I work as a circus strongman across Europe under the stage name "Eisenhans" and I have studied English and American Studies at Innsbruck University.



I started out as a powerlifter and was Austrian champion twice (IPF). I love steel bending, stone lifting, and grip strength training. In 2013, I had the chance to lift the Dinnie Stones unassisted and shoulder the Inver Stone, inspired by Steve Jeck's Of Stones and Strength. Of course I enjoy training with the IronMind grip strength products, especially the Captains of Crush grippers. I'm lifting weights since the age of thirteen, life-time drug free.

I'd like to thank Dr. Christian Klotz for being my judge.

I can forward a link to a video of the attempt later on, if you like.

And thank YOU very much, Chris [Sheehan], for the guidance and assistance towards my Red Nail certification attempt.”

Job done and it’s official: Robert Spindler has been added to the Red Nail Roster!

And speaking of the video, here's a link to Robert Spindler's official attempt to bend the IronMind Red Nail.

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by Randall J. Strossen, Ph.D. | ©2015 IronMind

So cold, so hard and so much fun: SCL is coming to Norway, to crown “The World’s Strongest Viking.”

With its 16-competition schedule for 2105, the MHP Strongman Champions League is busy bringing strongman to more places and different places, so why not give everyone chills watching top strongman action in nice and cold Norway later this month. IronMind® | Artwork courtesy of SCL
With its 16-competition schedule for 2105, the MHP Strongman Champions League is busy bringing strongman to more places and different places, so why not give everyone chills watching top strongman action in nice and cold Norway later this month. IronMind® | Artwork courtesy of SCL


SCL Norway: The World’s Strongest Viking 2015
by Kikki Berli-Johnson.

Those who have followed the world of strongman the last 20 years will almost instantly as the word competition is mentioned, picture palm trees and sun.

Well … for the second year in a row, that picture is a very different one now. World Strongest Viking is probably the worst thing that ever happened to a strongman, next to the rash they get from their thighs rubbing against each other. Why? Here are three reasons: 20 degrees (C) below, snow and mountain. It will be also the first MHP Strongman Champions League contest ever held in Norway.


I wonder what went on in the head of the promotor when the venue for the first MHP Strongman Champions League Norway,  so called “World Strongest Viking” was chosen. “Ahh, let’s find the coldest, windiest and most solitary spot on the planet that has got electricity for our cameras … and let’s choose the most awful events to do when it’s cold… It will be sooooo fun!”

Rumour has it that even Hafthor cried when he arrived last year. The placing of this competition is unique: 930 meters above sea level, next to a beautiful lake, with miles and miles of snowy plateaus, perfect for hours of skiing. The buildings are typical Norwegian with timber frame construction, some of them several hundred years old. Both kings and poets has used Fefor Mountain Hotel as their hideaway in the earlier days, and when you see it, you understand why. 
At Fefor you’ll find rest for your soul, but the last weekend of January 2015, 30 and 31to be exact, there will be no rest for the twelve strong men that will compete for the title “World Strongest Viking 2015.”

The brave men are:

-    Hafthor Julius Björnsson  (Iceland)
-    Krysztof Radzikowski  (Poland)
-    Ervin Katona  (Serbia)
-    Alex Moonen   (Holland)
-    Swedish (not decided yet)
-    JF Caron (Canada)
-    Ole Martin Hansen  (Norway)
-    Bjorn Andre Solvang   (Norway)
-    Espen Aune  (Norway)
-    Lauri Nami  (Estonia)
-    Mariusz Lalas  (Lithuania)
-    Antti Mourujärvi  (Finland)

The athletes will compete in six grueling events:

-    Front hold (with Viking Sword)
-    Boat pull (They will actually pull a Viking ship)
-    Yoke (carrying a big log on the shoulders the viking way)
-    Hercules Hold (Giant timber logs)
-    Viking press
-    Loading natural stones up to 180 kg onto platform.

And the coolest part of it all is that the average temperature for January is 20 degrees below (C), and the competition is being held outside. The athletes will do every single event outside, no matter how cold it is or how hard it is snowing. In Norway they say that there are no such thing as bad weather—there is only bad clothes. Well, the athletes better listen to this saying and bring their warmest clothes to the mountains.

What would a competition called “World Strongest Viking” be without Vikings? Don’t be afraid; there will be Vikings. There will be Viking tents and Viking long boats. There will be handcrafted Viking pottery, jewelery, swords and clothes to buy, there will be Viking food and there might be mead. There will be a “Viking blot” (a Viking feast) in the evening and there will be Viking games. Last, but not least, there will be food. Plenty of amazing food.

And, as noted, this contest will be  the first MHP Strongman Champions Leaguestage  out of again a series of 16 throughout this year which is broadcast in 92 countries all over the world. If you’re going to see just one strongman competition this year, this is the competition you can’t miss. You book your stay at Fefor by calling (0047)612 93 300 or by sending an email.

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by Randall J. Strossen, Ph.D. | ©2015 IronMind

Marcel Mostert just returned from Jiangsu, China where Ervin Katona, J-F Caron and strongwoman Kathleen Krausse from Germany established some new Guinness records as part of the Chinese New Year shows, in what Mostert called a spectacular presentation.



SCL kicked off 2015 with new Guinness world records by J-F Caron (far left) and Ervin Katona (far right). Marcel Mostert (third from left) told IronMind, “This show is well known in China as one of the biggest Guinness shows in the world. We are looking forward to doing more records this year.” IronMind® | Photo courtesy of SCL
SCL kicked off 2015 with new Guinness world records by J-F Caron (far left) and Ervin Katona (far right). Marcel Mostert (third from left) told IronMind, “This show is well known in China as one of the biggest Guinness shows in the world. We are looking forward to doing more records this year.” IronMind® | Photo courtesy of SCL


“The opening was done with 75 horses from the Heilan Equestrian Club, within Ervin and J-F Caron as gladiators in the middle. It was very spectacular,” Mostert said.  “Kathleen Krausse broke an existing Guinness record, by rolling up 8 frying pans in just 1 minute.

“Ervin Katona got a record for doing 11 total flips with a car. However, he had the record for only 20 minutes, because J-F Caron broke this with doing 13 flips with a car for a new Guinness world record.
 
"The first MHP Strongman Champions League competition of 2015 will be coming 31 January in Norway, also known as the 'World Strongest Viking,' so stay tuned for more on this tomorrow.
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by Randall J. Strossen, Ph.D. | ©2015 IronMind

Finland continues to produce some of the world’s top grip strength performances, and this weekend a contest organized by GripMonsters had “16 strong competitors,” said GripMonster founder and top grip strength competitor Juha Harju.

Juha Harju lays some serious pain on the CoC Silver Bullet: clamping down on the CoC Silver Bullet with a Captains of Crush (CoC) No. 3 gripper, Harju maintained his death grip for a full 50 seconds, proving that the former world record holder on the event is in the hunt to reclaim the record. IronMind® | Photo courtesy of GripMonters
Juha Harju lays some serious pain on the CoC Silver Bullet: clamping down on the CoC Silver Bullet with a Captains of Crush (CoC) No. 3 gripper, Harju maintained his death grip for a full 50 seconds, proving that the former world record holder on the event is in the hunt to reclaim the record. IronMind® | Photo courtesy of GripMonters


Juha and Matti Harju were both said to be eying Kody Burn´s world record on the IronMind Little Big Horn World Record (106.13kg). The two brothers battled it out, with Matti winning the event with a huge 100.04 kilos. Juha was second, with an impressive 98.0 kg, and he also locked out 101.26 kg, but then dropped it.

Juha, a former world record holder on the Captains of Crush (CoC) Silver Bullet, was in top form on that event as well, and he produced a massive 50.00 second performance—the top time of the year and one that says Harju must be considered a favorite to reclaim this record, so stay tuned.
This was Juha Harju’s 6th Finnish Rolling Thunder national title.

Rolling Thunder
1. Juha Harju 100.34kg
2. Ari Siltaoja 88.61kg
3. Juha Lehtimäki 86.11kg

Little Big Horn
1. Matti Harju 100.04kg
2. Juha Harju 98.0kg
3. Jouni Mähönen 85.46kg

IronMind CoC Silver Bullet Hold (Captains of Crush No. 3 gripper)
1. Juha Harju 50.0sec
2. Petri Partanen 29.98sec
3. Jouni Mähönen 29.57sec

Also included in the competition was David Horne’s 3rd Iron Grip Endurance Challenge and full results are available here.

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by Randall J. Strossen, Ph.D. | ©2015 IronMind

The International Highland Games Federation (IHGF) has announced the 2015 IHGF World Amateur Highland Games Championships, scheduled for 19–21 June 2015, in Fefor, Norway. 



The 2015 International Highland Games Federation (IHGF) Amateur Highland Games World Championships will be held in Fefor, Norway. IronMind® | Artwork courtesy of IHGF


The 2015 International Highland Games Federation (IHGF) Amateur Highland Games World Championships will be held in Fefor, Norway. IronMind® | Artwork courtesy of IHGF




According to the official statement, the site of the amateur world championships “will be on the grounds of the magnificent and luxurious Høifjellshotell, owned and operated by Anne Grethe Horten, and host to many strength championships over the years in Norway. Co-produced by the IHGF and Sveinung Tangstad of the Norwegian Highland Games Association, an affiliated member and representative of the IHGF for Norway, the 2015 IHGF World Amateur Highland Games Championships will be filmed and made into a program for TV in Europe.
 
“Twelve athletes from 12 different countries have been selected to represent their homelands in the 2015 IHGF World Amateur Highland Games Championships and compete for this coveted title. The winner will earn his professional status and secure a spot in the lineup for the 2016 IHGF Pro World Highland Games Championships.  The names of the athletes will be released soon in the IronMind News as well as information about another potential championships being hosted in Norway, also in 2015.”


The luxurious Høifjellshotell, owned and operated by Anne Grethe Horten, and host to many strength championships over the years in Norway, will host the 2015 IHGF World Amateur Highland Games Championships. IronMind® | Image courtesy of IHGF/Anne Grete Horten
The luxurious Høifjellshotell, owned and operated by Anne Grethe Horten, and host to many strength championships over the years in Norway, will host the 2015 IHGF World Amateur Highland Games Championships. IronMind® | Image courtesy of IHGF/Anne Grete Horten

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by Randall J. Strossen, Ph.D. | ©2015 IronMind

Just off the press, European Weightlifting History: 1969–2012 by Antonio Urso and Marino Ercolani Casadei is the latest book from the European Weightlifting Federation.

European Weightlifting History: 1969–2012 (Volume 2) by Antonio Urso and Marino Ercolani Casadei has just been published. IronMind® | Courtesy of EWF
European Weightlifting History: 1969–2012 (Volume 2) by Antonio Urso and Marino Ercolani Casadei has just been published. IronMind® | Courtesy of EWF



Its six chapters focus on the history of:



• the Olympic Games (1972–2012)

• the European Championships (1969–2012) 

• women’s weightlifting in Europe over the last 25 years
• the EWF–Masters
• International weightlifting tournaments in Europe

and EWF cultural activities.

It includes references, statistics and photographs—and in typical EWF style—all put together in such an attractive package that it’s a perfect coffee table book for weightlifting aficionados.


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by Randall J. Strossen, Ph.D. | ©2015 IronMind

“It’s the ultimate test of functional strength,” MAS Wrestling USA CEO Odd Haugen says of the sport with deep roots worldwide.



Muscles and Sticks: Sean Couch (left) and Robert Lira (right) lock up in a MAS wrestling bout at the 2014 San Jose FitExpo. IronMind® | Randall J. Strossen photo
Muscles and Sticks: Sean Couch (left) and Robert Lira (right) lock up in a MAS wrestling bout at the 2014 San Jose FitExpo. IronMind® | Randall J. Strossen photo


Plus, watching the people who have given it a try, it’s a lot of fun.

In terms of strength, grip, leg, back and arm strength all figure into the equation, but don’t discount the importance of technique and sheer fortitude.

And in keeping with its universal presence, it’s very inclusive: “MAS Wrestling USA welcomes all: men, women, big, medium and small . . . .,” said Haugen, who turns 65 in a couple of weeks and is a force to be reckoned with in the sport.

MAS Wrestling USA kicks off its 2015 season this coming weekend in Sacramento.


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