The World’s Strongest Brothers seem ready.
Two-time World’s Strongest Man Tom Stoltman and his older brother Luke Stoltman are both in the final stages of their preparations for the 2023 World’s Strongest Man competition, which will be held the week of April 19-23, 2023 in Myrtle Beach, SC .
The Stoltman brothers have shared bits of their competition preparation with their followers, including a recent event-focused training session posted to their YouTube channel on April 3, 2023.
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The title of the video is Our Best Session Yet, indicating they found the workout productive. The massive workout included the log press, circus dumbbell press, Fingal’s Fingers, a pull phase designed to simulate the truck pull, and atlas stones. All of these lifts are events that will be part of South Carolina’s prestigious strongman competition.
The strongmen began by replicating a log press ladder, adding weight with each successful rep. Luke Stoltman lifted first and performed five single reps with weights of 140 to 180 kilograms (310 to 397 pounds) in 10-pound jumps performed with almost no rest between reps.
Tom followed him, but he didn’t lock down the 180-kilogram lift. Their younger brother Harry also trained with them with lighter weights. Both Stoltmans completed a second set with the same weights, with Tom successfully completing the heaviest lift.
After the sentence, Tom, breathing heavily, reflected on his performance: “I knew the first one was there, I just didn’t put enough chalk on it. So you can see the power is there and that’s nice. It’s good to do it in the second round too. That’s what fatigue will be like at World’s [Strongest Man].
Circus Dumbbell Press
Next, they moved on to the circus dumbbell press. The weights weren’t shown on screen, but Tom Stoltman told the camera that he performed two presses at 120 kilograms (242 pounds) for two, which he’s proud of considering he’s done the log work before.
“My shoulder strength is feeling really good right now, so I just have to keep going,” Tom said, referring to his PR on the dumbbell press.
The third event of the day was with their custom-made Fingal’s Finger contraption, which Luke said they made “nice and comfortable for a few sets.” Each athlete donned gripper gloves, similar to those worn by an American football wide receiver, to aid their performance in the unconventional overhead move.
Simulated truck train
The fourth event was supposed to be a truck pull, but it was raining in their area. So they loaded a sled with a combination of a 125-kilogram barrel, a 180-kilogram sandbag and one of the brothers who weighed “nearly 200 kilos” (440 pounds), plus additional unnamed weights would sit on top while the pull others. Each Stoltman drove twice across his building for an undetermined total distance.
The last training event was the Atlas stones. Both men lifted a 160-kilogram (352-pound) stone and over a wooden pole set up for repetitions, simulating a stone-off event. Tom does nine reps while Luke does six reps on camera.
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Tom Stoltman is looking to add a third WSM trophy to his mantle while Luke will be in contention for his first title. If Luke won the competition, he and Tom would be the first brothers, both of whom would have been the strongest man alive. If Tom does “three-turf,” he would become the seventh champion to win the title at least three times in the competition’s 46-year history.
Featured image: Stoltman Brothers / YouTube