Check Out Legendary Strongman Zydrunas Savickas’ New, Leaner Physique

Zydrunas Savickas is one of the best athletes in strongman history, and like most heavyweight competitors in the sport, he’s a darn big guy: 6’3″ (or an inch taller than that, according to some sources) and weighing in around 400 pounds during competition season.

Savickas — a 4-time World’s Strongest Man winner and 8-time Arnold Classic Strongman Champion — is known to lean out a bit during the strongman offseason, but his most recent cut down has him looking more ripped and lean than we can ever remember seeing him.

Check out the side-by-side comparison of an in-competition Savickas from a couple years back and Savickas last week, posted by his friend/competitor/frenemy/fellow giant athlete Hafthor Bjornsson.

At 41 years old, Savickas shows few signs of slowing down; while he missed the World’s Strongest Man this year, he did compete at the Arnold Classic Asia the same weekend (August 22nd), taking second behind fellow Lithuanian athlete Vytautas Lalas. In the weeks since, he’s cut down significantly on body fat.

Of course, “Big Z” is still training heavy, and he’s stated that he plans to compete in strongman competition again next year.

Savickas has impressive longevity, and seasonal weight loss may be one of the keys to his ability to train heavy — often — and compete on a rigorous schedule.

After all, this is a man who’s been competing in strength sports since 1998, when he entered the European Junior Powerlifting Championships. Top strongman competitors — like Mark Felix of England — have been known to compete at the highest levels (and not just Masters) into their 50s, so it’s likely we’ll be seeing a lot of Savickas for years to come.

Featured image: @thorbjornsson on Instagram

David Tao

David Tao

BarBend's Co-Founder and Editorial Director, David is a veteran of the health & fitness industry, with nearly a decade of experience building and running editorial teams in the space. He also serves as a color commentator for both National and International weightlifting competitions, many through USA Weightlifting.

David graduated from Harvard University and served for several years as Editorial Director/Chief Content Officer of In addition to his work in the health & fitness industry, David has been a writer for Fortune and, as well as a contributor to, Slate, and numerous other outlets across the web and in print. He's especially passionate about the intersection of strength sports and quality, professional media coverage — overlapping interests shared by the BarBend editorial team and which drive their content strategy each and every day.

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