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The 2024 Arnold Strongman Classic

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May 11, 2012
2024 Arnold Classic
March 1, 2, 3, 2024
Columbus, Ohio

2024 Arnold Classic

The Ultimate Guide to the Arnold Strongman Classic​

Unveiling the Prestige of the Arnold Strongman Classic​

The Arnold Strongman Classic stands as a beacon of strength sports, a grand spectacle that annually showcases the world's most formidable strongmen. Its roots trace back to the early 2000s, making it a marquee event in the strength athletics calendar. The 2024 edition, set in the bustling city of Columbus, Ohio, promises to be a thrilling encounter with top-tier athletes battling for supremacy.

Venue and Schedule: A Power-Packed Weekend​

Date & Location:

  • Friday, March 1, 2024
  • Saturday, March 2, 2024
  • Venue: Strongman Arena, Hall D, Arnold Expo, Greater Columbus Convention Center
Access and Tickets:

  • Inclusive in Strongman Platinum and Gold VIP Packages
  • Strongman Reserved tickets available for both days
  • Note: Expo tickets do not include Arnold Strongman and Strongwoman Classic access in 2024.

Competitors: Titans of Strength​

The 2024 lineup reads like a who's who of strongman legends:

  • Mitchell Hooper
  • Thor Björnsson
  • Martins Licis
  • ...[complete list of competitors]

The 2024 Events: Testaments of Strength​

Day 1: Friday, March 1​

  • 11 a.m.
    • Elephant Bar Deadlift
    • Frame Carry

Day 2: Saturday, March 2​

  • 11 a.m.
    • Dinnie Stone Carry
    • Apollon Wheels
    • Stone Medley

The Reward: A Staggering Prize Pool​

The prize money for 2024 is nothing short of impressive:

  • 1st Place: $80,000
  • 2nd Place: $25,000
  • ...[complete prize distribution]

Past Champions: A Legacy of Strength​

The Arnold Strongman Classic has been a battleground for many legends:

  • 2002: Mark Henry
  • 2003-2008, 2014, 2016: Zydrunas Savickas
  • ...[complete list of past champions]

A Deeper Dive into the Events​

Elephant Bar Deadlift: A Herculean Feat​

A test of raw power, the Elephant Bar Deadlift challenges athletes to lift astonishing weights. It's a crowd favorite, combining technique, strength, and sheer willpower.

Frame Carry: The Ultimate Test of Grip and Endurance​

In this event, competitors race against time, carrying a heavy metal frame. It's a blend of speed, grip strength, and endurance.

Dinnie Stone Carry: A Nod to Tradition​

Originating from Scotland, this event requires athletes to lift and carry two historic stones, known for their uneven weight distribution.

Apollon Wheels: The Classic Overhead Lift​

Named after the legendary French strongman Louis Uni, this event involves lifting a large, axle-connected set of wheels overhead.

Stone Medley: The Quintessential Strongman Challenge​

A series of stone lifts of increasing weight, this event is a true test of overall strongman prowess.

The Cultural Impact of the Arnold Strongman Classic​

The Arnold Strongman Classic is more than just a competition; it's a celebration of strength culture. It brings together athletes, fans, and fitness enthusiasts, creating a melting pot of inspiration and camaraderie. Its impact on the strength community is profound, fostering growth and popularity of strength sports worldwide.

2024 Arnold Strongman Classic Competitors
Mitchell Hooper
Thor Björnsson
Martins Licis
Oleksii Novikov
Tom Stoltman
Mateusz Kieliszkowski
Evan Singleton
Bobby Thompson
Maxime Boudreault
Tom Evans
Oskar ZióÅ‚kowski

2024 Arnold Strongman Classic Schedule
Friday, March 1 @ 11 a.m.
Elephant Bar Deadlift
Frame Carry

Saturday, March 2 @ 11 a.m.
Dinnie Stone Carry
Apollon Wheels
Stone Medley

1st Place: $80,000
2nd Place: $25,000
3rd Place: $20,000
4th Place: $15,000
5th Place: $13,000
6th Place: $8,000
7th Place: $7,000
8th Place: $6,000
9th Place: $5,000
10th Place: $3,000
Total: $182,000

Arnold Strongman Classic Winners
2002: Mark Henry
2003: Zydrunas Savickas
2004: Zydrunas Savickas
2005: Zydrunas Savickas
2006: Zydrunas Savickas
2007: Zydrunas Savickas
2008: Zydrunas Savickas
2009: Derek Poundstone
2010: Derek Poundstone
2011: Brian Shaw
2012: Michael Jenkins
2013: Vytautas Lalas
2014: Zydrunas Savickas
2015: Brian Shaw
2016: Zydrunas Savickas
2017: Brian Shaw
2018: Hafthor Bjornsson
2019: Hafthor Bjornsson
2020: Hafthor Bjornsson
2022: Martins Licis
2023: Mitchell Hooper
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Mamdouh 'Big Ramy' Elssbiay, the former two-time Mr. Olympia, has recently created quite a buzz among his fans and the bodybuilding community with a surprising update on his physique. This update has ignited speculations and rumors about his potential participation in the 2024 Arnold Classic, and we're here to bring you all the details.

Big Ramy's Impressive Physique Update​

On December 12, 2023, Mamdouh 'Big Ramy' Elssbiay took to his Instagram to share a story that showcased his remarkable physique. This update has left many wondering if we will see him return to the bodybuilding stage in the near future, specifically at the prestigious 2024 Arnold Classic.

Big Ramy is no stranger to success in the bodybuilding world. From the moment he entered the IFBB Pro League, his promise was evident. His massive quads and overall freakish size allowed him to claim the Mr. Olympia title in 2020 through a special invitation. In 2021, he continued to prove himself by defeating strong contenders like Brandon Curry and Hadi Choopan.

However, the 2022 Olympia in Las Vegas saw Big Ramy taking fifth place, which opened the door for Hadi Choopan to seize the title. Although he participated in the 2023 Arnold Classic, he left with a fourth-place finish. Ramy opted out of the year's Olympia won by Derek Lunsford, leaving his fans eagerly awaiting his return to the stage.

Ramy's Journey to Recovery​

Last year, Big Ramy surprised everyone by entering the Arnold Classic on short notice despite his previous fifth-place finish at the Olympia. To prepare for this event and ensure his longevity in the sport, Ramy underwent a stem cell therapy procedure. This decision came after widespread criticism of his physique, particularly regarding his lats, lower back, and triceps, as pointed out by IFBB Pro League head judge Steve Weinberger.

With ample time for recovery, the bodybuilding community is eagerly anticipating Ramy's comeback and wondering how he will look when he steps back into the spotlight.

Potential Competitors at the 2024 Arnold Classic​

While the official competitor list has yet to be revealed, there are a few notable challengers that Mamdouh 'Big Ramy' Elssbiay could face if he decides to enter the 2024 Arnold Classic.

1. Samson Dauda: The reigning Arnold Classic champion and third-place finisher at the 2023 Olympia, Samson Dauda, will be aiming to continue his impressive run in Columbus, Ohio.

2. Andrew Jacked: Andrew Jacked, who secured third place at the 2023 Arnold Classic, has also hinted at his potential participation.

Considering Big Ramy's two-time Mr. Olympia titles, he would undoubtedly be one of the top contenders at the 2024 Arnold Classic. While he has not confirmed or denied his entry yet, fans are eagerly awaiting any updates regarding his next bodybuilding contest.
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Hafthor Bjornsson's Remarkable 420-kg Deadlift: A Prelude to the 2024 Arnold Strongman Classic​

In the world of strength sports, few events are as eagerly anticipated as the Arnold Strongman Classic. As athletes around the globe prepare for this prestigious event, one name stands out: Hafthor Bjornsson. His recent 420-kilogram (925.9-pound) deadlift not only showcases his incredible strength but also sets the stage for an electrifying performance at the 2024 Arnold Strongman Classic in Columbus, Ohio.

The Journey to 420 Kilograms​

Hafthor Bjornsson, renowned for his dynamic power and unyielding determination, is no stranger to breaking records. His journey to lifting 420 kilograms began with a meticulous training regimen, focusing on incremental increases and strategic rest periods. Starting with lighter weights, Hafthor steadily increased his load by 50-kilogram increments, ensuring his body adapted to the intensifying pressure.

Here is Thor doing the same lift of 420kg in April of 2023!

The Technique Behind the Triumph​

The success of a deadlift doesn't just lie in raw strength; it's also about technique. Hafthor's approach to the 420-kilogram lift was methodical. He opted for a conventional stance, a choice that, combined with his use of a lifting belt and straps, provided the stability and support needed to handle such immense weight. This lift wasn't just about power; it was a testament to Hafthor's deep understanding of body mechanics.

Beyond the Deadlift​

Hafthor Bjornsson's training didn't stop at deadlifting. In preparation for the Arnold Strongman Classic, he diversified his regimen to include sandbag-to-shoulder lifts, a complementary exercise that enhances overall strength and versatility. Despite a recent pec injury, his commitment to a comprehensive training approach speaks volumes about his dedication to returning to the sport stronger than ever.

A Glimpse into the Future​

As Hafthor Bjornsson prepares for the 2024 Arnold Strongman Classic, his sights are set not just on participating but on dominating. His recent achievements in training suggest that he is well on his way to making a significant impact at the event. With his eyes firmly set on the prize, the strongman community eagerly awaits his return to the stage.

The Road to Recovery and Comeback​

Injury and recovery are part and parcel of any athlete's career, and Hafthor is no exception. Having undergone surgery for a pec injury, his journey back to peak condition has been both challenging and inspiring. His resilience and dedication to recovery are indicative of his unwavering spirit and determination to return to the sport he loves.

The Anticipated Return​

Hafthor's planned return to competition isn't just about reclaiming his position; it's about setting new benchmarks and inspiring a new generation of strongmen. With the Arnold Strongman Classic, Arnold Strongman Classic UK, and the Rogue Invitational on his radar, the strongman community is buzzing with anticipation for what promises to be an unforgettable series of performances.

The Man Behind the Muscles​

Hafthor Bjornsson's journey is not just a tale of physical strength; it's a story of mental fortitude, strategic planning, and an unyielding passion for the sport of strongman. From his humble beginnings to becoming a world-renowned athlete, his career is a testament to what can be achieved with dedication, hard work, and a never-say-die attitude.


Hafthor Bjornsson's recent 420-kilogram deadlift is more than a remarkable feat of strength; it's a clear indication of his readiness to take the 2024 Arnold Strongman Classic by storm. It isn't his first time doing this lift but it shows he is ready! As we look forward to this event, let's celebrate the dedication, resilience, and sheer power of this incredible athlete. The stage is set, the weights are ready, and history awaits.


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May 22, 2015
In the world of strength sports, few events capture the imagination like the Arnold Strongman Classic. The 2024 Arnold Strongman Classic is set to be a spectacle of power and endurance, and all eyes are on Hafthor Bjornsson, a titan in the sport. His recent achievement of a 440-kg (970-lb) deadlift using the Elephant Bar is not just a testament to his strength but also a strategic move in his preparation for this prestigious competition.

The Significance of the 440-kg Deadlift​

The deadlift, often referred to as the ultimate test of raw strength, is a core component of the Arnold Strongman Classic. Bjornsson's recent lift of 440 kg is particularly noteworthy for several reasons:

  • Benchmark for the Competition: This lift is a clear indicator of Bjornsson’s current strength levels. Given that the winning deadlift at the 2023 edition was 447 kg, Bjornsson’s lift positions him as a formidable contender for the 2024 event.
  • Comeback Milestone: This performance marks a significant moment in Bjornsson's return to strongman competitions. It's a statement of his commitment and capability to regain his top form.
  • Psychological Advantage: Achieving this lift ahead of the competition not only boosts Bjornsson’s confidence but also sends a message to his competitors about his readiness and strength.

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