Arnold Strongman Classic

The 2017 Arnold Strongman Classic will feature the finals of the newly-created Arnold Strongman Pro World Series that featured qualifiers throughout the world at Arnold Classic multi-sport festivals in Australia, South America, Africa, Europe and Hong Kong and at the 2016 Bill Kazmaier Classic in Dallas, Texas.

Zydrunas Savickas of Lithuania, winner of the Arnold Strongman Classic in 2016, is among 10 of the world's best Strongman athletes qualified for the 2017 Arnold Pro Strongman World Championships.

Others include Hafthor Bjornsson (Iceland), Krysztof Radzikowksi (Poland), Masteusz Kieliskowski (Poland), Vytautas Lalas (Lithuania), Brian Shaw (United States) and Zach Hadge (United States). All qualified through victories or high finishes at the Arnold Pro Strongman World Series qualifiers except for Hadge, who earned a spot in the Arnold Pro Strongman World Championships by winning the Arnold Amateur Strongman World Championships at the 2016 Arnold Sports Festival.

Dimitar Savatinov earned the final guaranteed spot when he won the Arnold Pro Strongman event 2016 Bill Kazmaier Classic on Dec. 3, 2017 in Dallas, Texas. Two additional spots will be awarded through points awarded at 2016 qualifying events. Mikhail Shivlyako (Russia) and Jerry Pritchett (USA) earned invitations based on points at the qualifying events.

Feb. 18 Update: Savickas Withdraws
Zydrunas Savickas withdrew from the 2017 Arnold Strongman Classic on Feb. 18 due to injury. Martin Wildauer of Germany and Martins Licis of Latvia were added to the field.

Visit for a complete report on the 2016 Arnold Strongman Classic.



The Bale Tote (3:30-4:45 p.m.)
Competitors will carry a yoke weighing approximately 1,300 pounds and 1,565 pounds for time and distance. Competitors have 30 seconds to carry the yoke four meters (13 feet). Those who complete the first attempt advance to the second attempt. Event judged on time and distance.

The Timber Carry (4:45-5:30 p.m.)
Competitors will carry a wooden frame weighing approximately 1,140 pounds up a 35-foot ramp (10.7 meters). Event judged on time and distance. Straps are allowed. The Timber Carry has been an Arnold Strongman Classic staple since 2002.


The ROGUE Elephant Bar Deadlift (1:45-3:15 p.m.)
Rising bar deadlift with a minimum starting weight of 749 pounds. The event features the ROGUE Elephant Bar, which is much longer an a regulation Olympic bar. Competitors have 30 seconds per attempt. Event judged on weight.

The Bag Over Bar (3:15-5:30 p.m.)
Competitors will toss bags weighing approximately 50 pounds to more than 100 pounds over a 15-foot high bar. The bags are custom-maded by ROGUE Fitness. Event judged on weight and number of times bag successfully tossed over bar.

The Austrian Oak (Approximately 9 p.m.)
Competitors will overhead press a log weighing either 385 pounds or 430 pounds for repititions. Competitors will chose which log to press. Event judged on number of repititions, with at least one successful repitition on the heavier bar scoring higher than any number of reps on the lighters bar.

NOTE: First four events will be held on Arnold Fitness EXPO Stage. Final event in Battelle Grand in conjunction with Arnold Classic Finals.

Arnold Strongman Classic Champions

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

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