U.S. National Championships for America’s Strongest Man Coming to Hot Springs

Zoie Clift
Quick heads up: the U.S.
National Championships for America’s Strongest Man will be held at Summit Arena
August 6-7 in Hot Springs. This will be the first time the competition has been
held in Arkansas. 

The event is being put on
by the American Strongman Corporation (ASC) , which is the governing body of
pro strongman in the U.S. ASC is based in St. Louis, Mo., and oversees annual
strongman events. The U.S. National Championships will be the final qualifier
for the America’s Strongest Man competition held in Las Vegas, Nevada in

In the competition,
athletes compete in events that see them attempt to press, lift and carry
thousands of pounds in various forms. Feats may include the Giant Timber Frame
Carry, the Car Deadlift and the Atlas Stone competition.

n the Giant Timber Frame
Carry, athletes attempt to lift a 750-pound timber frame and carry it for 100
feet.  Furthest or fastest time to complete the course wins.

In the Car Dead Lift,
athletes attempt to lift the rear end of a car with their bare hands for as
many repetitions as possible in the time allowed.

During the Atlas Stones
portion, athletes attempt to lift, carry and load six stones weighing between
285 pounds and 420 pounds onto platforms. The fastest time to load all six
stones (or the most stones) wins. 

All courses/events have a
60-second time limit.

Gates open at 6 p.m. on
Friday, August 6, and competition begins at 7. On Saturday, August 7, gates
will open at noon and the competition begins at 1. The event is free for
spectators to watch. I’m planning to go watch the competition so I’ll keep you posted how it goes. I’ve never been to one before so am looking forward to it! For
more information call Steve Arrison at 501-321-2027 or visit www.americanstrongman.com

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