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Arnold Amateur Strongman World Championship
The Arnold Amateur Strongman World Championships, which proved to be one of the Arnold Sports Festival’s most popular events when it debuted in 2010, will once again feature more than 60 of the world’s top male amateur strongman athletes and 40 of the top female amateur athletes from more than 25 countries, including at least 20 athletes from the United States.
The 6th Annual Amateur World Strongman Championships will be held Friday, March 6 and Sunday, March 8, 2015 at the Arnold Sports Festival.
Returning in 2015 is the Arnold Strongwoman World Championships, which will take place alongside the men’s competition. In Strongwomen competitions, LW Division 140 and below; MW 140.5 up to 160; HW over 160.5. Weight classes for the men will be LW 175 and below; MW 175.5-231; HW 231.5 and above.
All competitors earned their way into the competition through various qualifying competitions.
“Strongman is by no means a ‘mainstream’ sport along the lines of football, basketball or baseball, but it is becoming more and more popular,” said Dione Wessels, CEO of North American Strongman Inc., the governing body for amateur strongman competitions in the United States. “Adding an amateur competition to the Arnold Sports Festival will allow the perfect opportunity to further promote the sport of strongman in the world.”
There are an estimated 6,000 amateur strongman athletes in the United States that compete in 125 events throughout the year.
Mike Jenkins of Hershey, Pa., who won the inaugural Arnold Amateur Strongman Championships in 2010, won the Arnold Strongman Classic in 2012.
Mateusz Kieliszkowski of Poland won the 2014 Arnold Amateur Strongman World Championships and will compete in the 2014 Arnold Strongman Classic. Other 2014 winners include Alanna Casey of the United State in Strongwoman Fitness, Kristin Rhodes of the United States in Heavy Weight Women and Jon Alderson of the United States in Strongman Fitness.
All athletes qualify for the Arnold Amateur Strongman World Championships by winning or placing in a national championships conducted by their national federation. U.S. competitors qualified at the North American Strongman National Championships held in Reno in October 2014.
The Arnold Amateur World Strongman Championships are governed by North American Strongman Corp.
Arnold Amateur Strongman Champions
2010: Mike Jenkins (USA)
2011: Matesz Baron (Poland)
2012: Adam Scherr (USA)
2013: Mikhail Shivlyakov (Russia)
2014: Mateusz Kieliszkowski (Poland)
Illinois Army National Guard Soldier excels in Strongman Competition
Story by Spc. Kyle Hessenauer, Illinois National Guard Public Affairs Office
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Staff Sgt. Kellye Brestan of Bloomington, Illinois, recruiter for the Illinois Army National Guard, placed third in the North American Strongman (NAS) National Competition in Reno, Nevada, Oct. 4 and 5.
NAS is the premier amateur strongman corporation in the world. This event attracted more than 200 men and women to prove their strength against each other within their own weight class. Challenges ranged from lifting cars to throwing kegs.
“I have known Brestan for three years,” said 1st Sgt. Holly Donald of Peoria, Illinois, Recruiting and Retention Battalion. “When she first joined, she struggled to pass the Army fitness test. She decided to become fit and better as a recruiter. She wanted to be a better role model for future recruits.”
Brestan is the epitome of the noncommissioned officer creed. She lives the Army values and is the whole Soldier concept, said Donald.
“I train five to six days a week for a few hours a day,” said Brestan.” I started training for this competition three months ago and I have five months to train for the Arnold World championship in March. I had to drop 27 pounds for this competition, learn how to dead lift a car, carry a 1,150 pound wheel barrow, lift kegs over a bar and press one over my head.”
Brestan maintains her fit and healthy lifestyle for competitions, but also maintains Army standards.
“I stay active for my health and to inspire my Soldiers,” said Brestan. “I have a few Soldiers that have trained with me. I also have applicants I am currently training for weight loss and then they should be joining the Illinois Army National Guard.”
Comparing the competitive strongman lifestyle and being an Army recruiter has many similarities.
“I live a very structured life now, food measured out and my workouts are all very structured,” said Brestan. “I think that it all goes hand-in-hand, the structure I need in training and in recruiting. I plan everything so well now. Time management has never been more important.”
Placing third in the NAS competition, Brestan is just shy of obtaining the title of the World’s Strongest Woman.
“I don‘t think it has even set in that I am the third strongest in the nation,” said Brestan “I’m still in shock.”
Brestan said she plans to attend the Arnold World Championship in Columbus, Ohio, but will attend local charity shows until then to maintain her competitive shape.