2016 World’s Strongest Man Television Air Dates Announced

Thanksgiving is a time for food, family, and men performing crazy feats of strength. This year’s World’s Strongest Man competition has finally posted air dates. Unlike years in the past where air dates are usually in late December, we’ll be able to watch our strongman favorites this Thanksgiving.

CBS Sports Network will have the airing rights and begin showing the event the evening of Thanksgiving.


Image: CBS Sports Network

There are three episodes that will air in 30-minute increments, starting at 8:00 PM/ET, 8:30 PM/ET, and 9:00 PM/ET. If you have DirectTV, check out channel 221 for CBS Sports. For those with Dish, channel 158 will be your destination. Anyone wondering about local listings, contact your cable provider for correct channels.

The first World’s Strongest Man competition was held in 1977 at Universal Studios in the United States. Every year since, this competition brings together the world’s best male strongman competitors in the open weight category, who compete through a grueling series of events. 

These events test an athlete’s grit, maximal strength, strength endurance, and dynamic strength. A few well-known events are the 40 ton plane pull, Atlas stones, maximal deadlift, and heavy frame carries. 

This past August, the World’s Strongest Man competition was held in Bostwana, Africa. There was plenty of hype that surrounded this competition and resulted in an epic showdown between strongman favorites including: Brian Shaw (USA), Eddie Hall (England), and Hafthor Bjornsson (Iceland).

A photo posted by Brian Shaw (@shawstrength) on

Unfortunately, 4-time World’s Strongest Man Zydrunas Savickas (Big Z) had to sit this year out due to injury. This left the field wide open for the other competitors including Shaw, who is usually Big Z’s closest competition. Bjornsson, or The Mountain as he’s referred to for his acting role on Game of Thrones, was also looking for a first place finish after finishing as runner-up in 2014.

If you missed the results of this year’s World’s Strongest Man don’t worry – we have you covered. Check out this article for results and analysis.

Feature image from @shawstrength Instagram page. 

Jake Boly

Jake Boly

Jake holds a Master's in Sports Science and a Bachelor's in Exercise Science. Currently, Jake serves as the Fitness and Training Editor at BarBend.

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