Wild Card Plat-Plus Qualifier

Wild Card Plat-Plus Qualifier

Arnold Amateur Strongman World Championship

Arnold Amateur Strongman World Championship

March 6 & 8, 2015

The Arnold Amateur Strongman World Championships will 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. Adding to the event this year will be In Strongwomen divisions, LW Division 140 and below; MW 140.5 up to 180; HW over 180.5. 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 in their home country

Featured Athlete

Kellye Brestan

Kellye Brestan

Training & Competing Since 2012

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.

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