After the doozy of an inaugural version in 2021, the following version of the Arnold Strongman Classic UK will quickly return. This yr’s competitors — which can take a look at issues just like the respective athletes’ energy and conditioning — will happen on September 23-24, 2022, in Birmingham, England.

The official Instagram account of the 2022 Arnold Strongman UK revealed a few of the taking part athletes like Konstantine Janashia. On July 19, 2022, 11-time World’s Strongest Man (WSM) competitor (2008-2019) and two-time Britain’s Strongest Man (BSM) champion (2012-2013) Laurence Shahlaei revealed the primary 11 of the eventual 12-person lineup, together with the occasions, over his YouTube channel, Big Loz Official:

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At the time of this writing, right here is the whole roster for the 2022 Arnold Strongman Classic UK:

2022 Arnold Strongman Classic UK Roster:

  • Rauno Heinla
  • Konstantine Janashia
  • Ervin Toots
  • Bobby Thompson
  • Kim Ujarak
  • Paul Smith
  • Pa O’Dwyer
  • Jerry Pritchett
  • Ryan Bennett
  • Mitchell Hooper
  • Gavin Bilton
  • Winner of 2022 Scotland’s Strongest Man (to be decided)

Notably, the defending champion of the Arnold Strongman Classic UK, Evan Singleton, won’t take part on this yr’s contest. At the time of this text’s publication, neither Singleton nor the Strongman Classic UK organizers have revealed why.

That fresh-face sentiment additionally broadly applies to a lot of the 2022 roster. Pa O’Dwyer is the one returning competitor from the 2021 competitors, which had 10 athletes within the lineup. This type of set-up for opponents who haven’t skilled the Strongman Classic UK may make for an interesting battle in Birmingham, England, this fall. 

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2022 Arnold Strongman Classic Events Breakdown

While Shahlaei diagrammed the anticipated occasions for this yr’s contest, he didn’t reveal their exact order over the 2 September days in England. Those particulars will probably be confirmed at a later date.

Here’s a brief breakdown of expectations for every of the 2022 Arnold Strongman Classic UK occasions. 

Super Yoke

A strongman staple, the titular “Super Yoke” implement may have a weight of 500 kilograms (1,102.3 kilos). The athletes will carry it for a present undisclosed distance and time. It has a nickname of “Beast Yoke,” named after 2017 WSM Champion Eddie “The Beast” Hall, for his former record-breaking deadlift of the identical weight from the 2016 Europe’s Strongest Man (ESM) contest.

Rising star Mitchell Hooper is likely to be somebody to observe right here. The Canadian athlete crushed the considerably comparable Car Walk in the course of the 2022 WSM by strolling his 430-kilogram (950-pound) automotive body 20 meters (66 ft) in 11.64 seconds. 


The deadlift portion of the Strongman Classic UK will activity the opponents to carry out as many reps as doable with 370 kilograms (815.7 kilos) on their barbells. Rauno Heinla, proficient with many deadlift variations, might be the favourite throughout this leg of the competitors. 

Sandbag Toss 

Shahlaei didn’t disclose the burden of the sandbags for this occasion. That stated, the overall format may have the elite strongmen throwing a collection of sandbags over some elevated bar or implement as quick as they’ll. Without understanding the exact requirements, the Sandbag Toss at present possible sits as a free-for-all. 

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Dumbbell For Reps

The dumbbell for this portion of the competition will weigh 100 kilograms (220.5 kilos). The opponents will attempt to lock out an entire one-hand overhead rep as many occasions as doable in a timeframe. Once once more, there may not be a real favourite with any dumbbell for reps specialists, however Bobby Thompson has proven glorious general overhead energy up to now.

A 217-kilogram (478-pound) Log Lift (albeit two-handed) from the 2021 American Log Press Record Breaker is an instance of what Thompson brings to the overhead desk. 

Arnold Stone Carry

The Arnold Stone Carry considerably resembles the standard and well-known Dinnie Stones. The athletes will make the most of two in a different way weighted Atlas Stones with handles connected. They will try to hold the respective 160-kilogram (353-pound) and 130-kilogram (286.5-pound) stones so far as doable — grip energy will probably be paramount. 

Atlas Stones

As is commonly the case, the Atlas Stones are as soon as once more the ultimate occasion of a strongman competitors. There will probably be 5 stones starting from 120 to 200 kilograms (264.5 to 440.9 kilos) that the athletes should place onto their corresponding pedestals. Those pedestals will begin with a top of 5 ft earlier than progressively lowering to 4 ft.

In this occasion that would resolve the eventual winner, Gavin Bilton might be somebody to keep watch over. The strongman lifted 5 stones in 27.3 seconds in the course of the 2022 Giants Live Strongman Classic. That was sufficient to present him a fourth-place end to noteworthy friends Maxime Boudreault, Oleksii Novikov, and Evan Singleton — none of whom will take part on this contest.

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A Worthy Prize

Whoever wins this yr’s Arnold Strongman Classic UK will earn £30,000 ($30,580.56). Then, the remainder of the athletes will break up the rest of £32,000 ($32,619.26), as everybody leaves with some reward. With the defending champion not part of this version, and an virtually totally new roster, it might be anybody’s competitors to win. 

The 2022 Arnold Strongman Classic UK will happen on September 23-24 in Birmingham, England. 

Featured picture: @arnoldsportsuk on Instagram