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SCL Finland Features Top Lineup

by Randall J. Strossen, Ph.D. | ©2014 IronMind

The MHP Strongman Champions League comes to Vaasa, Finland next weekend, featuring a top lineup of professional strongman competitors.


Currently in the SCL leader’s shirt, Ervin Katona is part of the field of top professional strongman competitors slated to compete in Finland this coming weekend.  IronMind® | Photo courtesy of SCL

“Ervin Katona is leading at the moment, but Thor is coming strongly as he won the last competition in Serbia and is ready to challenge Ervin and others in Vaasa,” SCL cofounder Ilkka Kinnunen told IronMind today.

Here’s the official start list:

Thor Björnsson

Ervin Katona

Martin Wildauer

J.F. Caron

Lauri Nämi

Marius Lalas

Dainis Zageris

Kevin Larsen

Patrick Odwyer

Antti Mourujärvi

Jarno Kirselä

Arttu Parviainen


"The competition will start both days at noon, in the center of Vaasa, and here are the events.

First day: Saturday 14.6.

•    YOKE RACE / FRAMEWALK MEDLEY - total of 40m, Yoke 420kg, Frame 330kg

•    PRESSING MEDLEY - 150kg Log, 90kg Circus Dumbbel x2, 170kg Log

•    BUS PULL - with Harness only


Second day: Sunday 15.6.

•    DEADLIFT FOR REPS - 360kg

•    FORWARD HOLD - 30kg

•    HOUSE FRAME WALK /SACK LOADING MEDLEY: 350-kg House Frame, 110-kg sacks


“After Vaasa, MHP Strongman Champions League continues in Holland 21st of June and week after in Latvia 28th of June. Stay tune and look the results after competition to first to come up here in Ironmind News,” said Kinnunen.


SCL–Serbia: Bjornsson Breaks Katona’s Winning Streak


by Randall J. Strossen, Ph.D. | ©2014 IronMind

Ervin Katona continued to shine at his home contest, but this weekend there was one man he could not beat: Hafthor Julius Björnsson.


Hafthor Julius Bjornsson on the Frame Carry at the MHP Strongman Champions League–Serbia, where he motored to victory.  IronMind® | Courtesy of Aryn Lockhart/Strongman Rage

THOR Wins MHP Strongman Champions League Serbia!

By Aryn Lockhart/Strongman Rage

On Saturday with cloudless skies, warm temperatures and over thousands of  spectators, the stage was set for the third stop on the MHP Strongman Champions League series in Serbia. Hosted by Ervin Katona in Novi Sad, the competition consisted of six events: hand over hand, Viking press, frame carry, front hold, car deadlift, and loading.  The crowd brought additional energy and intensity throughout the day cheering wildly as they witnessed a new world record in the Viking press and a head to head battle with Thor Björnsson edging ahead of Ervin Katona for the win.

Katona is known for organizing heavy events and started the day with hand over hand with a ten ton truck for 20 meters (65.6ft). What made this event particularly hard was the thick rope challenging athletes’ grip strength. Thor was first to complete the event with 32.23 seconds. Daniel Wildt from Germany took second place with 37.5 seconds.

Event two was the Viking press with 165 kg (363lbs). This event brought tremendous excitement as the lightest and the smallest athlete, Björn Solvang from Norway, won the event and broke a new world record with an astounding 14 reps. The previous record of 13 reps was held by Katona.

The third event was the frame carry. With a weight of 360kg (792lbs), the grip from this particular frame left many athletes struggling to carry the frame even for a few short meters. Only three athletes were able to complete the entire 40 meter (131.2ft) course. Thor won this event using his long legs to his advantage completing the course in only 24.16 seconds.

The front hold was up next with 30kg (66lbs) in each hand. With his incredible shoulder strength, Katona won this event launching him into first place with only two events remaining.

The fifth event was the car deadlift with a weight of 360kg (792lbs). Martin Wildauer from Austria is often the favorite in this event, but was working through a minor back injury. As a result, Thor won the event with nine reps and Wildauer took second with eight.

The sixth and final event was loading three 120kg (264lb) sacks onto a platform. With lightning speed, Thor completed this event with only 19.78 seconds. He was over three seconds faster than Lauri Nami who came in second.

When the day was done and the dust settled, Björnsson took first place, Katona second, and Wilduaer third. “I was very happy with the competition,” stated Katona. “The crowd was great and brought a lot energy.” Katona still holds the leader shirt but his competition is fast approaching. With Wildauer taking second in Germany and now third in Serbia, his is right on Katona’s heels.

The next event is in Finland on 14 and 15 June. To find all of the events visit www.strongmancl.com under Agenda. The FIBO from Germany will be televised on Eurosport 23 May and Serbia will hit Eurosport on 20 June. The competition is just starting to get warmed up!

Final Serbia Standings top 8


Thor Björnsson (Iceland) 63.5

Ervin Katona (Serbia) 60

Martin Wildauer (Austria) 55

Lauri Nami (Estonia) 46

Krzysztof Radzikowski (Poland) 42

Dainis Zageris (Latvia) 37.5

Björn Solvang (Norway) 35.5

Akos Nagy (Hungary) 33.5


Zydrunas Savickas Wins SCL Arnold Brazil—World Record in the Log Lift

by Randall J. Strossen, Ph.D. | ©2014 IronMind


Ilkka Kinnunen called the action from the Arnold Brazil for IronMind, where Zydrunas Savickas set a new world record in the Log Lift.

Zydrunas Savickas continued his domination of the Log Lift with this 223-kg success, for a new world record.  IronMind® | Courtesy of SCL

“Big Z hits again, winning the MHP SCL ‘Brutal Edition’ at  the Arnold Classic Brazil on Saturday. There were total of 3 heavy events and athlete list was tough. This was no fear in the Big Z. He won first 2 events and was 2nd in 3rd.

“The first event in competition was Log for Max. Excellent lifts from Thor, Burke who came equal 3rd with 190kg, 2nd Brian Shaw 192,5kg and winner Big Z with NEW WORLD RECORD 223kg!!!! The lift was so easy for Z, that it won’t take long before he hits that 500 lb, no question about that.

“Second event Deadlift with 360kg for reps. Top 3 in this were Thor and Brian equal 9 reps and winner again Big Z with 10 reps. Big Z did all 10 reps in only 30 sec.

“The last event of the day Atlas Stones. 6 stones from 120-180kg. From top 3 Thor went first he hitted clock on time 22.69sec. That was 10 sec faster than anyone before Thor. Two athletes left Brian and Z. Brian put all his power in and what an amazing time 19,05 seconds !!!. Zydrunas needed at least time what puts him on 3rd, but he was ready and did 2nd fastest time 21.84sec.

“The competition and the EXPO itself was a big success total over 100.\,000 people in 3 days. The MHP SCL Arnold was televised by GLOBO TV which is the biggest channel in Brazil.

“Overall results:







6. MIKE BURKE ( back injury)


8. KRYZSTOF RADZIKOWSKI ( tricep injury)

9. DAINIS ZAGERIS ( bicep injury)


"On Saturday evening athletes had one more event between the Pro body-building and Pro Fitness. The Giant Dumbbell Challenge: 95kg Huge Dumbbell lifted from the ground in 75 seconds. The rule also is that if there is a tie, then the fastest time wins.

"From top results in Dumbbell Big Z did 10 reps coming 4th. Mike Burke with an excellent 12 reps raised him to 3rd place. Brian Shaw with 13 reps, but slower time (75 sec) got 2nd place and the winner also 13 reps but done in 72 sec. was the giant from Iceland, Thor Björnsson.

"Amazing finish for the 2014 Arnold Classic in Brazil. Next the MHP SCL continues the serie in Serbia 10th of May, so stay tuned," said Kinnunen.


MHP Strongman Champions League: Arnold Brazil


by Randall J. Strossen, Ph.D. | ©2014 IronMind

“The MHP Strongman Champions League will have a special ‘Brutal Edition’ in the Arnold Classic Brasil,” Marcel Mostert told IronMind today.


MHP Strongman Champions League is headed to Brazil for a series of events.  IronMind® | Image courtesy of SCL

“This strongman competition, on April 25–26, is a special edition, is not in the SCL series, but will be held under the auspices of SCL.

“Brutal events like the Dumbbell Press, Deadlift, Atlas stones and Log Lift for max will be done,” said Mostert, who, along with Ilkka Kinnunen, will referee the event.  “The prize ceremony will be done by Mr. Arnold Schwarzenegger himself.”

Start List

Zydrunas Savickas - Lithuania

Hafthor Bjornsson - Iceland

Krzyzstof Radzikowski - Poland

Ervin Katona - Serbia

Brian Shaw - USA

Dainis Zageris - Latvia

Lauri Nami - Estonia

Mike Burke - USA

Marcos Ferrari - Brazil


“It promises to be an awesome ‘Brutal Edition,’ with a lot of media coverage in Brazil. The MHP Strongman Champions League will be also perform in a few other big shows that week, with a combined viewership of 75 million in Brazil.  The competition itself will be broadcast by Globo TV, the biggest channel in Brasil.

“Meantime, you can watch already the first stage MHP Strongman Champions League—Martinique at coming Friday 18 April at Eurosport, 19.00 hours CET,” said Mostert.


FIBO: Another Win for Zydrunas Savickas


by Randall J. Strossen, Ph.D. | ©2014 IronMind

He’s on a roll—coming off his big victory at the 2014 World’s Strongest Man contest, Zydrunas Savickas won the MHP Strongman Champions League competition at FIBO, and Aryn Lockhart of Strongman Rage called the action for IronMind.


The Log Lift King, Zydrunas Savickas, doing his thing at the FIBO.  IronMind® | Photo courtesy of Strongman Rage

The Unstoppable Z

By Aryn Lockhart – Strongman Rage

Directly off of the Arnold’s classic and WSM, Big Z (Zydrunas Savickas) did it again winning the FIBO in Cologne, Germany on 5 April 14. Fourteen athletes from 12 different countries battled through six events on the second stop in the MHP Strongman Champions League series. The competition boasted three WSM finalists in a field of top strongmen and the SCL Leader Ervin Katona.

The event was showcased during the FIBO, which is the largest international trade show for fitness in the world. The FIBO was sold out both Saturday and Sunday with over 80,000 visitors. The MHP Strongman Champions League competition was a highlight for FIBO Power. The events of the day included a 400kg (880lb) yoke for 40 meters; Giant Super log for maximum weight; 300kg (726lb) Frame carry for distance; 35kg (72.6lb) front hold;  Atlas stones from 140kg – 180kg (308kg – 396lbs); 350kg (770lb) deadlift for reps.

Not only was this a battle to the last event, it was filled with close contests and Savickas breaking his own world record on the Giant Super Log. The FIBO hosts the world’s largest log with a 46cm diameter. A traditional log is approximately 32cm. Savickas proceeded to amaze spectators with his record breaking 205kg (451lb) overhead lift with ease.

The final event took place on the main stage. The 350kg deadlift for reps would be the event to crown the FIBO Champion. Each event was down to the wire with only a fraction of points separating first and second place.  In the end Savickas edged out Martin Wildauer to take the lead and the title. Wildauer did 10 reps, Savickas did 1 more for the win. Wildauer had an exceptional showing winning two of the six events.

Matjaž Belzak from Slovenia was the surprising newcomer in the MHP Strongman Champions League. As he placed fifth overall and lifted a 190 kg with the Giant Super Log , which was the previous record from Žydrūnas Savickas until that day. And this man is only 21 years old!

All of the action will be televised 23 May on Eurosport.

Final FIBO Standings


1.           Zydrunas Savickas (Lithuania)      75.0

2.           Martin Wildauer (Austria)            72.5

3.           Ervin Katona (Serbia)                  62.5

4.           Eddie Hall (England)                   61.0

5.           Matjaž Belšak (Slovenia)             57.5

6.           Krzysztof Radzikowski (Poland)    56.0

7.           Alex Moonen (Netherlands)          46.5

8.           Fuad Hsaini (Morocco)                 40.0

9.           Akos Nagy (Hungary)                  38.5

10.         Michael Blumstein (Germany)       29.5

11.         Daniel Wildt (Germany)               25.0

12.         Mike Koskowski (Germany)          17.0

13.         Jonathon Kelly (N. Ireland)          15.5

14.         Marco Ferrari (Brazil)                  11.0


Ervin Katona Wins MHP SCL Martinique


by Randall J. Strossen, Ph.D. | ©2014 IronMind

The 2014 MHP Strongman Champions League opened on the Caribbean island Martinique this weekend, featuring eight competitors in seven events over two days, and Ilkka Kinnunen called the action for IronMind.


Ervin Katona opened the 2014 MHP Strongman Champions League season with a big win in Martinique.  IronMind® | Image courtesy of SCL


MHP SCL Martinique: Ervin Katona Starts 2014 Season with a Victory - by Ilkka Kinnunen

First day ( Saturday).  The competition started at 7 pm.  A huge crowd of around 10,000 people was gathered around the venue to cheer the athletes.First event Truck Pull with harness and rope. 27 ton truck pulled 20m distance. Winner Ervin Katona.Second event: Log for reps 140 kg. Winner again Ervin Katona.Third event Forward Hold winner even with his triceps injury was Kryzstof Radzikowski.Fourth event and last for the first day: Deadlift for reps with 320 kg. Winner Didzis Zarinis (Latvia) with 11 reps.

Second day (Sunday): The competition started during the daytime at 1 pm, with very hot and sunny weather.  Around 4,000 people came even though the weather was very hot.  We did three disciplines. Started with Farmer’s Walk (160 kg) and Powerstairs (220 kg) medley. Winner was Gerald Gschiel from Austria.Next was the Tire Flip: 8 flips with a 420-kg tire and Ervin Katona won. Last event was Truck Pull, arm over arm. 20-ton truck for 15 m. Winner again Gerald Gschiel.

The local organization Madina Side Barbell did an excellent job and for sure MHP SCL will return 2015 to Martinique.


Overall results:


1.    Ervin Katona

2.    Gerald Gschiel

3.    Lauri Nämi

4.    Krzyzstof Radzikowski

5.    Didzis Zarinis

6.    Gregor Stegnar

7.    Etienne Smit

8.    Ovind Rein


2014 SCL Season Opens in Martinique

by Randall J. Strossen, Ph.D. | ©2014 IronMind

It’s the first of 16 stages set for their 2014 season as the MHP Strongman Champions League opens this coming weekend on Martinique, in the Caribbean.





The MHP Strongman Champions League kicks off its 2014 season in Martinique this coming weekend.

IronMind® | Image courtesy of SCL

“We will have a bit smaller field than normal,” Marcel Mostert told IronMind today, “because some of the top athletes are preparing for the World’s Strongest Man 2014, a week later.  Still, it will be an excellent show for sure on this beautiful island, where we had 15.000 spectators in 2012 during the SCL Finals there.

“In a field with Krzysztof Radzikowski, Ervin Katona, Gregor Stegnar, Oyvind Rein (from Norway), Didzis Zarins, Etienne Smit , Lauri Nami, Gerald Gschiel (from Austria) and a few local Martinique athletes, it will still be a hard fight to crown the champion of the first stage from the MHP Strongman Champions League.  Didzis Zarins is replacing Dainis Zageris from Latvia,  because Dainis ripped off his bicep last week.


• Truck Pull

• Farmer’s walk

• Tire Flip

• Deadlift (for reps)

• Log Lift

• Forward Hold

• Power stairs.


“It will be a fantastic event with a great location to kick of the MHP strongman Champions League season 2014.

Also, just released today on our website, is the highlights trailer 2013.  You can check it on youtube as well, by clicking this link” said Mostert.


MHP Strongman Champions League Adds New Sponsors, Increases Competitions

by Randall J. Strossen, Ph.D. | ©2014 IronMind


“The MHP Strongman Champions League and Protekton Ltd signed an agreement to continue cooperating and sponsoring  in season 2014 worldwide,” Marcel Mostert reported to IronMind today.


SCL signed an agreement with Protekton Ltd: pictured (left to right) are Protekton owners, Jarek and Marek Tobi, and SCL cofounder, Ilkka Kinnunen.  IronMind® | Photo courtesy of SCL


“Ilkka Kinnunen went to Estonia personally to sign up with the two directors from Protekton Ltd, Jarek and Marek Tobi.


“With this agreement, Protekton Ltd becomes the official sponsor of the Association of Professional Strongman in Estonia.“Protekton Ltd specializes in the project-based manufacture and installation of steel building construction in Estonia, Finland, Sweden, Russia and Germany.

“Competing this season are three of the best strongmen from Estonia: Lauri Nämi will begin his first competition in Martinique, Meelis Peil is also in very strong shape and will participate in future events and Rauno Heinla is ready to make his comeback from injury.

 “We are very pleased that the agreement has been signed. It will give our athletes the opportunity to represent Estonia in biggest strongman league worldwide,“ said Marek Tobi, Production Manager of Protekton Ltd. “Estonia has strong athletes and the best way to prove it, is to have them in Strongman Champions League event,“ said Janek Tobi, Chairman of the Board of Association of Professional Strongman in Estonia.

 “We are really thankful to Protekton Management that they have helped us to continue our long-time cooperation with the Strongman Champions League,” Kinnunen said.

 Mostert pointed out that expansion MHP Strongman Champions League in 2014 continues. “On the 2014 SCL calendar, another contest has  been added: a special team event in Tallin, Estonia on October 18,” he said.

 “And besides Protekton as the official side sponsor, the MHP Strongman Champions League also signed up SPX Powerteam again and another newcomer called  Strongman Rage.

“Strongman Rage produces and sells special clothes with unique logos. They  will supply a lot of clothes for SCL and will start selling  products on behalf of SCL in their webshop. They will produce special SCL clothing for us,  special logos, fun articles etc. All sold by their webshop, beginning April 5 with the FIBO Germany.


MHP Strongman Champions League announces 2014 Calendar

by Randall J. Strossen, Ph.D. | ©2014 IronMind


“Our 7th season will have its kick off in Martinique, a beautiful sunny French island in the  Caribbean islands,” MHP Strongman Champions League (SCL) cofounder told IronMInd today.

Whether measured by prize money, number of competitors, locations or number of contests, MHP Strongman Champions League is the 800-lb. gorilla of strongman.  IronMind® | Image courtesy of SCL



“Again it will be a very busy year for the MHP Strongman Champions League, where we will have 16 stages and a few other independent competitions. The calendar is not filled in totally yet, but we have the feeling that we are very full already.

“Most important, of course, will be our SCL series , and we are looking forward to seeing who will be the 7th world champion in SCL, after Zydrunas Savickas (2 times), Andrus Murumets, Terry Hollands , Ervin Katona and the latest world champion, Krzysztof Radzikowski from Poland.

“We have reserved more than a half million USD ($500,000) for flights, hotels and prize money in the 2014 season.“The absolute top athletes around the world will compete with us, with space always for newcomers and new champions.

“Special events, new equipment and new venues will be seen, and all episodes will be televised and broadcast in 89 countries.“All these ingredients together will guarantee absolutely the highest standard worldwide in our beloved strongman sport. “We wish everybody a fantastic strongman season,” said Mostert.


Calendar 2014:


08   March        SCL Martinique                    Martinique

05   April          SCL Germany                      Germany

10   May           SCL Serbia                          Serbia

---   May           SCL China World Teams       China

13 June            SCL Finland                         Finland

21 June            SCL Holland                        Holland

29 June            SCL Latvia                          Latvia

04 July             SCL Portugal                       Portugal

19 July             SCL Croatia                         Croatia

03 Aug             SCL Poland                          Poland

24 Aug             SCL 105-kg Worlds              Ukraine

30 Aug             SCL Russia                          Russia

06 Sept.           SCL Hungary                       Hungary

13 Sept            SCL Turkey                          Turkey

05 Oct              SCL Lithuania                      Lithuania

--  Oct              SCL Aruba                           Aruba

01 Nov             SCL Brazil                           Brazil

8/9 Nov            SCL Malaysia                       Malaysia  FINALS

For full details on SCL, please visit their official website.


MHP Repeats as SCL Title Sponsor

by Randall J. Strossen, Ph.D. | ©2014 IronMind


“The MHP Strongman Champions League will continue with MHP as their main sponsor in 2014,” SCL director Marcel Mostert told IronMind today.


2013 MHP Strongman Champions League world champion Krzysztof Radzikowski (center), flanked by SCL directors Ilkka Kinnunen (left) and Marcel Mostert (right).  IronMind® | Image courtesy of SCL

“We are both very happy with the results from last year and the MHP Strongman Champions League will have a full calendar again in 2014.
MHP has been, and still is, a very important ingredient in our road to success.  We are very thankful for that.   
“Also, our new SCL world champion, Krzystof Radzikowski, who was sponsored personally by MHP throughout 2013, thanks his main sponsor for that, and he will continue as well with MHP in 2014. 

The SCL is the biggest strongman league worldwide at the moment, and will organize more than 20 international competitions in 2014, such as the 105 Worlds , the World Teams in China, and most important, over 16 stages (competitions) throughout the year in 16 different countries the Champions League series.
“In 2013, we had 74 athletes competing in this  series from all over the world. This year it will grow again.
“We are a full-grown, premiere televised league, with its events broadcast to more than 1 billion households worldwide.

“Again MHP provides SCL the ability to develop more quality with powerful events and top athletes all over the world,” said Mostert.

“MHP’s corporate mission has always been to develop premier science-based, research-driven sports supplements to help athletes achieve their greatest physical potential. Over the years, MHP has introduced many innovations and breakthroughs in sports nutrition. MHP has become the most trusted brand and industry leader among world-class athletes, strongmen, pro bodybuilders, powerlifters and fitness enthusiasts alike – and sees its partnership with the SCL a perfect blend of world class performance and performance nutrition. Over the past few years, MHP has experienced significant growth in our international business,” said Steve Downs, MHP Marketing Director.

“Our partnership with the Strongman Champions League will continue our role as the global leader in performance supplementation for world class athletes everywhere,” Downs said.
"Next week, the new calendar from the MHP Strongman Champions League 2014 will be presented here on IronMind and the official website of SCL," said Mostert.


Hafthor Opens 2014 with Guinness World Record

by Randall J. Strossen, Ph.D. | ©2014 IronMind


“Randy, I’m here in China with Mike Burke and Thor for the Guinness Records and for one other TV show,” Ilkka Kinnunen reported to IronMind today.


Hafthor Julius Bjornsson wasted no time putting his name in the Guinness World Records book in 2014.  IronMind® | Photo courtesy of SCL

“Last night we had the Keg Toss for height Guinness World Record  attempt, and here is little story:

The season started early of this year for SCL and its athletes. Yesterday Thor Björnsson and Mike Burke were challengers on Guinness World Record TV show in China, trying to make new  record in Keg Toss. The keg weighs 12.5 kg and record before the attempt was 7.40 m done by the German athletic.

“At each height the athletes had 3 tries. First the bar was put at 7.50 m. The record holder missed, but Mike and Thor cleared it easily. Next height was 7.70 m again Thor and Mike both cleared it easily. Then the bar put to 8 m. Thor made it with an unbelievable throw.  Mike´s turn: Height was there, but just did not turn over and the same thing with his all 3 throws, so Thor take his first Guinness World Record in Keg Toss with 8 m!!!

“Today we will travel back to Shanghai for other TV show called Thank God You Are Here. This show is more like a talk show, but it is one of the most popular morning shows in China,” said Kinnunen.