Tom Stoltman, the reigning World’s Strongest Man, is less than two weeks away from the upcoming Britain’s Strongest Man competition. As part of his preparation, he and his equally big brother Luke spent some time in Stoke with strongman boxer Eddie Hall, who had previously held both titles.
In a new video on Hall’s YouTube channel, the three of them take on a “brutal” loading session, and hold a bit of competition to see who can do a 175 kg weighted duck walk, and then an 85 kg barrel, 90 kg sandbag and 90 kg belt over can carry the gym in the fastest time.
“Opportunity training was just like that, my practice partner and I set up meetings and I would usually give him a handicap. If we had done five implements, I would have given him five seconds off whatever time he did, and that would have me give something to aim for. If he did 40 seconds, I would try to do my implements in 35. If I then did it in 36, technically because of the pretense, he would beat me. It’s always good to have someone who do events with you. If you do not do it with someone, it’s really hard to train and improve on loading opportunities. “
Hall completes the challenge in 43 seconds, while Luke completes it in 32 seconds. Tom does not quite get into hitting his brother, and drops the tire so heavily that it actually bursts through the gym wall and loosens the door pole.
“I think Tom going through the wall like Juggernaut put a bit of a damper on the session, so it’s a wrap!” Hall jokes, before further saying how interesting he finds it to compare the Stoltman’s approach to training with his own previous experience.
“Tom picks up those implements as if they were feathers,” he says. “Before the tools even left the floor, he moved.” He adds that he has nothing to teach Stoltman when it comes to technique: “He has it.”
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