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Brandon William has tried coaching like among the fittest individuals on the earth on his YouTube channel, from David Goggins to the U.S. Marines. In a brand new video, William flies all the way in which to Scotland to spend time studying all about what it takes to be a aggressive strongman from the reigning World’s Strongest Man, Tom Stoltman, who has held the title for 2 consecutive years.
Brandon’s go to begins with a 5:30 a.m. wakeup name: Tom and his brother and coaching associate Luke take him to the closest seashore for a swim within the ice-cold water, which Luke credit with serving to him let go of day-to-day stress so he can concentrate on his coaching. The brothers then topic Brandon to much more intense discomfort within the type of a deep tissue sports activities therapeutic massage. “That is the restoration methodology that Tom’s used for the final three years,” says Luke. “Ache wins World’s Strongest Man titles!”
Therapeutic massage over, the Stoltmans take Brandon for breakfast to gas up for his or her exercise with a full Scottish breakfast of bacon, sausage, tomato, eggs, toast and potato scones, in addition to eggs benedict, sausage sandwiches, and a number of other servings of brownies and banoffee pie, simply amounting to some thousand energy.
“Being a strongman is healthier than bodybuilding, since you get to eat stuff like this, the place bodybuilders cannot,” says Tom.
Then it is time to head to the gymnasium, the place Tom and Luke coach Brandon via 4 totally different strongman occasions. “My objective is to set my PR in every one, since I’ve by no means tried strongman lifts earlier than,” says Brandon.
The primary is the log press. After being proven the right method, Brandon works his means up in weight, hitting his max at 50 kgs (110 kilos). And evidently, whereas Brandon is struggling to hit a single-rep max, the Stoltman brothers are churning out reps on what’s a comparatively low weight for them.
Within the dumbbell clear and press, he maxes out at 35 kgs (77 kilos), then they head outdoors for the yoke carry. The body itself weighs 200 kgs (440 kilos) earlier than being loaded up, and Brandon manages to stroll a couple of dozen steps earlier than giving up.
The fourth and closing occasion is the Atlas stone carry. “I used to be beginning to really feel drained at this level,” says Brandon, “however I actually needed to work my means as much as the 100-kg stone, which is the primary one you will see in a contest.” Thankfully, Tom Stoltman is a record-breaker on this class, and he offers Brandon some tips on the way to most successfully carry the stone. Nevertheless, he falls in need of his goal, reaching failure at 85 kgs (187 kilos).
“That is the strongest day, and probably the most painful day,” he says.
Philip Ellis is a contract author and journalist from the UK masking popular culture, relationships and LGBTQ+ points. His work has appeared in GQ, Teen Vogue, Man Repeller and MTV.