Dartford strongman prepares to face the best
08:14 17 March 2011
Consuming more than 8,000 calories a day and lifting the equivalent of a small car in training has prepared a former UK Strongest Man to take on some of the best in the world this Sunday.
Dartford’s Terry Hollands moved from playing rugby to entering Strongman competitions in 2005. After winning his first event he went on to take the UK title in his first year.
He has finished in the top 10 of the World’s Strongest Man contest for the past five years, clinching eighth place in 2010 despite only just returning from a torn bicep injury.
Now he is preparing to secure a sixth consecutive qualification with a top-three finish on Sunday.
He said: “All the top guys will be there. This is one of only four qualification tournaments so everyone wants to get it under their belt.”
With such a star-studded line-up, the stakes have been raised with greater weights than ever before being lined up for a number of events.
Mr Hollands, who trains at Reflexions gym, in West Hill, Dartford, is expecting records to be broken.
“The first event is the deadlift, where you lift a weight to waist height,” he said. “The world record is 410kg and I think a lot of guys will be eyeing that up. I have lifted 440kg in training so I will certainly be looking to break it.”
Other events include the farmers’ run, sprinting between markers carrying 175 kilogram weights in each hand, hefting an awkward bar and weight in the Axel Press, lifting a dumbbell weighing 110 kilos above your head in one hand and the brutal Atlas stone lifts.
Standing in his way will be competitors from all over the world, including former basketball player American Brian Shaw, who stands at 6ft 8in and weighs more than 30 stone.
Mr Hollands added: “It is not just strength. You have to be big but I have to work on speed as well.
“I could probably beat the average guy in a sprint, which people wouldn’t expect.”
To support Mr Hollands in his bid for glory visit the London ExCel at Canary Wharf from 10am on Sunday.