These Are the (Tentative) Events for the 2018 World’s Strongest Man

We’re still not sure when the 2018 World’s Strongest Man competition will be held — we don’t even know for sure where it will be held — but news has broken with details regarding the events at this year’s contest.

When BarBend spoke with World’s Strongest Man on their official Facebook page, they made it clear that this is a tentative list:

A tentative event list was sent to the athletes to allow them some additional time to train for this year’s competition. The event list is not final and is subject to change. We are hoping to finalize the location/dates in the very near future. Events will be decided shortly after. The athlete qualifiers (heats) groupings will be decided once all of the Giants Live qualifying events have completed.

Nonetheless, this the unofficial list of events, courtesy of Starting Strongman.

Heats (Qualifiers)

  • Load and Drag
  • Load and Farmer’s Walk
  • Truck Pull
  • Overhead Press (Dumbbell)
  • Overhead Press (Log)
  • Arm Over Arm
  • Toss
  • Squat with loading barrels
  • Deadlift with loading barrels
  • Atlas Stones

Note that the heats get different events from the above list, usually with five or six events. One group may get the overhead press with a dumbbell and another with a log, one may squat with loading barrels and the other will deadlift with loading barrels, etc.

Finals Events

  • Frame Carry
  • Car Deadlift
  • Loading Race
  • Truck Pull
  • Max Overhead
  • Atlas Stones

There it is. While the events probably won’t be exactly the same come competition day — whenever that happens to be — the point of these events being released is to give the athletes an idea of what to train for, so it does seem likely that the 2018 World’s Strongest Man’s qualifiers and final events will be pretty similar to what you see above.

So with Eddie Hall (supposedly, though it’s not officially confirmed) out of this year’s competition, will Hafthor Bjornsson finally take the crown, could Brian Shaw win his fifth title at age 35, or do you see this events favoring a different strongman?

Featured image via @theworldsstrongestman
on Instagram.

Nick English

Nick English

Nick is a content producer and journalist with over seven years’ experience reporting on four continents. His first articles about health were on a cholera outbreak in rural Kenya while he was reporting for a French humanitarian organization. His next writing job was covering the nightlife scene in Shanghai. He’s written on a lot of things.

After Shanghai, he went on to produce a radio documentary about bodybuilding in Australia before finishing his Master’s degrees in Journalism and International Relations and heading to New York City. Here, he’s been writing on health full time for more than five years for outlets like BarBend, Men's Health, VICE, and Popular Science.

No fan of writing in the third person, Nick’s passion for health stems from an interest in self improvement: How do we reach our potential?

Questions like these took him through a lot of different areas of health and fitness like gymnastics, vegetarianism, kettlebell training, fasting, CrossFit, Paleo, and so on, until he realized (or decided) that strength training fit best with the ideas of continuous, measurable self improvement.

At BarBend his writing focuses a little more on nutrition and long-form content with a heaping dose of strength training. His underlying belief is in the middle path: you don’t have to count every calorie and complete every workout in order to benefit from a healthy lifestyle and a stronger body. Plus, big traps are cool.

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