Jouko's Back!

Two-time World's Strongest Man winner Jouko Ahola is returning to strongman.

Jouko Ahola's back: You're looking at a 400-kg deadlift machine. IronMind® | Randall J. Strossen, Ph.D. photo (Hardenburg, Holland). 
Jouko Ahola's back: You're looking at a 400-kg deadlift machine. IronMind® | Randall J. Strossen, Ph.D. photo (Hardenburg, Holland).

After retiring from strongman competition, the extremely popular Jouko Ahola has worked hard expanding his successful construction business, he and his wife had a son, and Jouko is on his second movie: Kingdom of Heaven.

But in what will be music to the ears of strongman fans, Jouko is now set to return to the sport, as he has signed a contract to be the head referee at the World's Strongest Man Super Series competitions, beginning with the June 18th event.

Jouko said that he really misses training and his life has been so busy that he has worked out very little since retiring from competition, but last year, preparing for his latest movie, Jouko hit a 330-kg deadlift and a 320-kg squat with just five weeks of training. His body weight, Jouko said, has stayed at about 113 - 115 kg, just slightly lighter than what he weighed when he was at the top of the food chain in the strongman world.

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