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Arnold Strongman(and woman) Classic 2024 - Martin Licis AND Hafthor are back!

Posted on 2/19/24 at 11:09 pm
Posted by DrDenim
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Posted on 2/19/24 at 11:09 pm
I'm pretty excited about the lineups for the 2024 Arnold classic strongman/woman events this year. Martin Licis has been my favorite dude for a while now and I've always enjoyed watching Thor. How can you not?

I'm not crazy about the event selection themselves, but I don't care so much about that. As a guy that loves the SQUAT! I always want to see something squat in there, but it doesn't seem to happen enough. I like the dinnie stone and timber carries however, and I'm looking forward to seeing the stone medley.

As excited as I am to see Martin and Hooper and Thor, I'm very excited to see the women's competition too. There's just so many great female competitors now.

Love these "Road to the Arnold" Videos, I couldn't imagine rolling on the mat with Martin, or boxing Thor for that matter.

Road To The Arnold 2024 - Martin Licis
Posted by Dixie Normus
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Posted on 2/20/24 at 8:08 am to
Didn’t realize Thor came out of retirement. If anyone wants to see something funny, check out pictures of him and his wife. He is quite literally triple her size and it’s somewhat cartoonish. I will definitely be tuning in. With Thor back, it would be cool to see Eddie Hall make a comeback to keep their rivalry going. Martin Licis is great too. What those guys have done is really mind-blowing.

I was never some diehard fan, but I used to keep up with strongman a decent bit before kids. About to go on a google spree to see who the younger up-and-comers are.
Posted by TC Kidd
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Posted on 2/20/24 at 9:43 am to
I’ve never really kept up with it, but I’ve been watching some Brian Shaw videos on YouTube and he seems like a good dude.
Posted by DeafJam73
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Posted on 2/20/24 at 11:10 am to
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If anyone wants to see something funny, check out pictures of him and his wife.


His wife is also pretty hot.
Posted by DeafJam73
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Posted on 2/20/24 at 11:15 am to
Event selection looks like a more traditional strongman list of events. The Dinnie stones carry could be something.

The list of competitors looks solid. Lots of big names.

I want to see the Arnold expand to include the middleweights. There are some wicked strong and athletic middleweights out there.
Posted by DrDenim
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Posted on 2/20/24 at 11:28 am to
Yeah, I agree, been wanting more of that for years, but I don't see it ever happening.
Posted by Rep520
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Posted on 2/20/24 at 11:55 am to
I doubt Eddie's ever coming back. He always had a smaller frame than guys like Thor and Shaw and carrying the necessary muscle and bulk was not easy for him. He seems to becontent retired and not stressing his health.

I'm a bit surprised Thor will compete, given that the end of his time in strongman was tough on his health as well. I love watching, but the guys carrying 400 pounds plus are in a tough place health wise.

Martins is one of the guys who seems to carry the size well. Excited to see him back, as he had so much potential pre-injury.

It's a really competitive place for strongman right now. It's not like the days where you just had one or two guys. These days, there's a whole lineup of people who could win a big competition.
Posted by DrDenim
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Posted on 2/26/24 at 3:58 pm to
Here's Thor's prep/hype video. He was so freakish looking when he leaned out for that boxing match. Gives chubby lil Dr. Denim hope.

I don't see him winning it all, but he's always fun to watch and he'll be damn strong I'm sure. He is very good at prepping for events.

Thor is Back!
Posted by ronricks
Member since Mar 2021
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Posted on 2/26/24 at 4:41 pm to
Brian Shaw seems like an awesome person. I was brief acquaintance with Johnny Perry back in the day. The amount of food these guys consume is insane. I need to start following strongman again.
Posted by LSUPERMAN
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Posted on 2/26/24 at 5:26 pm to
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He always had a smaller frame


It's funny how him being around Shaw all the time makes him look short but the dude is 6'3. He's a monster just not a freakishly tall monster like Shaw or Thor.

I agree, he seems content on being retired.
This post was edited on 2/26/24 at 5:27 pm
Posted by DrDenim
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Posted on 2/26/24 at 5:35 pm to
He's just a wee lad...
Posted by DrDenim
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Posted on 3/1/24 at 2:42 pm to
Thor just deadlifted 1006lbs. It looked like it was a warm-up.

*He does register at 441lbs for this competition, so he's deadlifting 2.28XBW, which sounds less impressive.......but it's over 1000lbs! If I can get my deadlift up to 503lbs then I will be Half-Thor!
Posted by Earnest_P
Member since Aug 2021
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Posted on 3/1/24 at 2:52 pm to
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I'm a bit surprised Thor will compete, given that the end of his time in strongman was tough on his health as well. I love watching, but the guys carrying 400 pounds plus are in a tough place health wise.


Is Efferding still working with him? Efferding claimed he was keeping him relatively healthy for that weight.

That 1006 deadlift looked easy for him.
Posted by TigerAlum93
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Posted on 3/1/24 at 2:54 pm to
Shaw is a class act. Loves this country, its people, and the sport of Strongman.

We are in the Mitchell Hooper era right now. Dude dominated last year, won WSM, Arnold, and Rogue. He only seems to be getting better. But it IS an era of several greats, many can challenge Hooper for the W.

Yes, the 105Kg/MW class should get more love, those guys are smaller but pound for pound the best IMHO, especially with movement events that require athleticism, they move REALLY fast with heavy objects, but most want to see what the massive giants can do.
Posted by DrDenim
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Posted on 3/1/24 at 4:22 pm to
Mitch Hooper is so damn athletic, he's my favorite to win this event. Thor looks amazing, but this isn't a beauty pageant. Hooper is slanging it around so far.

I'm really surprised how poorly Stoltman is doing so far.
Posted by DrDenim
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Posted on 3/1/24 at 6:06 pm to
End of day 1: Thor is in first place, not surprised given the day #1 events are his strong suit, Hopper is right behind him and I expect he'll do well with the stones tomorrow. But Licis is very good with pressing and stones as well, so maybe he'll make up some ground tomorrow. I like this Singletary guy, don't know much about him. I've heard the name but haven't seen him compete much.

On the women's side I don't have much to say. On the one hand, I'm always very impressed by strong/athletic humans and the things they can do, so I am interested in watching women's strength events. On the other hand I'm a man and I can't resist grading them on their sex appeal to me, and as you know, competitive strongwomen are not going to win "those" kinds of contests. So as I watch the women I always find myself thinking about that aspect of the competitors. I'm still impressed with what these women can do, but that doesn't mean I'd take them out to the Red Lobsters anytime soon. (Well, I'd take Andrea Thompson out, she's cute and she could probably help me with my deadlift too)
Posted by PCHSDawg
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Posted on 3/3/24 at 10:29 am to
I enjoyed watching Hooper finish strong although I was disappointed with Martins performance. I hope he can get back on track. Not a fan of Thor since the whining the year he lost WSM to Eddie Hall.
As far as the women's event it was cool to see a rookie get the win with a dominant performance on the stones.
Posted by DrDenim
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Posted on 3/3/24 at 5:23 pm to
It will take much longer for Martin to get back to top form, Thor as well, but who knows if Thor has the desire to do that. Watching Hooper was so much fun, pretty dominant performance from him, and Mateusz as well. The only thing I didn't like was when Mitch called Arnold out to stand near the pad at the end of the stone medley like he was going to show him something, and then he didn't really seem to give it his all to lift that third and final stone. I know he had the win in the bag anyway, but why call Arnold out there in an obviously staged move, and then just say "ehhh, frick it"
Posted by PCHSDawg
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Posted on 3/3/24 at 9:07 pm to
Yeah that was my least favorite moment in the show.
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