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The Australia’s Strongest Man Competition was first established in 1993 and quickly became the most coveted title in Australian strength sports. Held annually the competition is an invitational event featuring some of the most spectacular displays of strength seen anywhere in the world. With the addition of Australia’s Strongest Woman in 2017 the competition we now have the countries greatest athletes on the same stage vying for the title.
Australia’s Strongest has long been the platform for the countries greatest strength athletes to progress into competitions such as The Worlds Strongest Man & Woman and The Arnold Pro Strongman & Strongwoman World Series among others.
The 2019 Australia’s Strongest Man & Woman competition is being held at Fed Square in the heart of Melbourne alongside the National Armwrestling Championships as part of the Arnold “Festival of Strength”. Australia’s Strongest is an invitational event that sees the competitors battle it out to earn a ticket to the coveted Arnold Pro Strongman along with the title of Australia’s Strongest Man or Woman.
This year the competitors will be pushed to their limits over 6 gruelling events. From staple events such as The Deadlift, pressing giant logs overhead and lifting heavy stones to some less familiar events this year the athletes will be pushed to their limits in an effort to earn the title of Australia’s Strongest Man and Woman.
Where and When
Friday the 8th: 6pm-8pm Athlete briefing and event 1 the Heavyside DB Series taking place at Dohertys Gym Flinders Street
Saturday the 9th: 10am-6pm Events 2-6 at Fed Square on the main stage and in front of the main square.
Event 1: The Heavyside Dumbbell Series ( Friday night 6pm-8pm)
An 8 DB medley, ranging from 28kg to 78kg, with 2 3/8 inch handles. These circus style steel oversize DBs and considered by many to be the ultimate test of grip strength. Competitors are required to lift each DB with one hand only to a 40cm high platform. Both the men and women will be using the same series of DBs.
Weights – 28kg, 35kg, 42kg, 47kg, 54kg, 62kg, 69kg, 78kg
Event 2: The Apollon’s Axle Clean & Press Saturday (Saturday 9:45am-11am, Main Stage)
A solid 2 inch thick truck axle attached to wheels and tires that the athletes are required to lift from the ground to their shoulders and press overhead. The weight will continue to increase (Men=10kg Women=5kg) each lift until no successful lifts can be completed.
Starting weights 140kg for the men and 70kg for women
Event 3: The Truck Axle Deadlift (Saturday 11:30am-12:45pm, Swanston St Forecourt)
The ultimate test of brute strength this years deadlift event will see the athletes lifting a truck axle and wheels for repetitions with the weight increasing 4 times before reaching the top weight where they will perform as many reps as possible.
Weight increments are Mens – 260, 280, 300, 320 for reps & Womens – 150, 160, 170, 180 for reps
Event 4: The Loading Race (Saturday 1:15pm-2:30pm, Swanston St Forecourt)
The loading medley this year will test the athletes strength, endurance and skill with 4 different implements to be carried and loaded over an increasing distance (2m, 4m, 6m, 8-10m). An atlas stone, a tree trunk, a sandbag and tractor tire all vary in shape, size and difficulty level with each one posing it’s own potential issues. Fastest time to load all implements wins.
Ranging in weight from 140kg-160kg for the men and 90kg-110kg for the women
Event 5: The Log Press for Reps (Saturday 3:30pm-4:30pm, Main Stage)
The log press has become the bench mark for overhead strength in recent years and it considered by many to be the ultimate test of shoulder pressing strength.This years event will see the athletes lift from the floor and press overhead the giant wooden logs as many times as possible within the time limit.
Weight for the men is 150kg, for the women 75kg
Event 6: The Max Atlas Stone (Saturday 5pm-6pm, Swanston St Forecourt)
The most iconic strongman event the Atlas stone is a large round concrete ball that the athletes must pick and place either onto a platform or over a bar usually 1.2m in height. This years event will see the men start at 170kg and the women at 100kg and continue up in weight until no more stones can be lifted. The current Australian records stand at 210kg for the men and 140kg for the women. With both record holders in attendance for both men and women and the contenders hitting these numbers in training now we are expecting these records to have changed after this. The real question is how many times will record be broken.
The following stones will be used;
Ladies – 100 110 120 130 140 150
Men – 170 180 190 200 205 215 220