World’s Strongest Man Announces List Of Events for 2019 Contest

The World's Strongest Man will take place in Florida in June.

(Editor’s note: The events were updated on May 16 and June 4 as alterations to the events were announced by World’s Strongest Man.)

The World’s Strongest Man is coming up next month, and we’ve all been patiently waiting for the list of events to drop. Will we get to see a truck pull? What kind of medleys can we look forward to?

This year’s World’s Strongest Man event runs from Thursday, June 13th until Sunday, June 16th in Bradenton, Florida. Information has been trickling in since the location announcement last month. This is the first time the World’s Strongest Man has taken place in the United States since the 2014 competition was held in Los Angeles.

On Monday, sources at the World’s Strongest Man gave us the list of events, subject to change. There will be five events in the qualification round and five events in the final. Note that all the groups will be doing the same five events, which is different than years in the past. The list we received includes the list of events in the qualification round and the final.

Qualification Round

Event 1: Monster Truck Pull

Event 2: Super Yoke & Farmer’s Walk Medley

Event 3: Deadlift (Reps)

Event 4: Overhead Press (Reps)

Event 5: Last Man Standing

Final Round   

Event 1: Loading Race

Event 2: Deadlift Hold

Event 3: Overhead Press Medley

Event 4: Squat Lift (Reps)

Event 5: Atlas Stones

The qualifying rounds will take place from Thursday to Saturday (two events on Thursday and Friday, one on Saturday) with the final event slated for Sunday.

While the list of events and their names are still in the early stages — sources say the overhead press may wind up a dumbbell press, for example — this still gives strongman fans everywhere a lot to get excited about.

Last year, Hafthor Bjornsson took home gold, followed by Mateusz Kieliszkowski winning silver, and Brian Shaw taking home bronze. Since Bjornsson won the 2018 World’s Strongest Man, the question around the strongman community has been can he repeat this year? His chances this year are looking pretty promising. In 2019 he has won the Arnold Classic and set a new elephant bar deadlift world record with 474 kilograms. 2018 wasn’t bad for the guy either: he won World Ultimate Strongman, Europe’s Strongest Man, Iceland’s Strongest Man, the Arnold Strongman Classic, and of course, the 2018 World’s Strongest Man.

Earlier this month, four of the world’s strongest men got together to pull some trucks. It’s almost like they knew some form of truck pulling would be in the works next month. Watch Thor Bjornsson, Eddie Hall, Brian Shaw, and Martins Licis them train the truck pull here. (Seriously, Hall and Shaw pulled a 50,000-pound semi through the streets of New York City.)

While Hall isn’t competing this year, we’re looking forward to the seeing the competition go down in June.

Feature image from @thorbjornsson Instagram page.

Celia Balf

Celia Balf

Celia is a Staff News Writer at BarBend. At the BarBend office, you can find Celia writing news stories covering the largest strength sport competitions in the world, in-depth features with world record-holders, big lifts, and everything in-between. Celia also orchestrates and helps create content for the BarBend social media pages. She is a former Division 1 soccer player turned content producer and sports journalist.

7 thoughts on “World’s Strongest Man Announces List Of Events for 2019 Contest”

  1. Ms. Balf,

    Not sure if you know the answer to this or not but as part of my son’s graduation gift I want to take him to the WSM in Bradenton to view as many of the events as possible.

    I’ve written others and gotten no response of any kind on this, but is there a charge to view or is it first come first serve so to speak?

    Any assistance will be greatly appreciated.

    C.R.

  2. The events are free, but with less than a month left, still no one knows what location is hosting the events. This is very disappointing, as some of us are trying to make a cross-country trip and would like to know the best location to stay.

  3. Most, if not all of the events are in public places. If you know the schedule, you can just show up and watch. Book a hotel room that is central to the area and be prepared to taxi or walk.

    I’d suggest showing up early and/or plan to stay late. All of the competitors are more than happy to stay around and meet or take pics with fans, just don’t expect to chat with them while the events are going on. Just don’t expect a lot of accommodations toward the fans like there are in other sports. There won’t be concessions, so BYO snacks, drinks, chairs, sun screen, etc.

    It’s a great experience, so have fun and enjoy the time with your son.

  4. This looks fun, but the organization should start preparing a World’s Strongest MA’AM competition in the foreseable future.

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