One of the biggest upcoming events on the sport world calendar next month has to be the World’s Strongest Man competition which will see strength athletes from around the globe competing for the title. With approximately five weeks to go we’ve been invited to follow the training plan of UK qualifier Jack McIntosh. We start our series by getting to know a bit about Jack.
The stats on Jack
Lives: Kendal, Lake District
Weight: 23 Stone
How did you get into strength athletics?
When I was at school I used to play rugby. I was overweight and wanted to lose weight and so got into cycling and then weighting lifting at a local gym in Kendal. Someone there suggested I got involved in weight lifting and I went with them to watch an event. I entered my first competition in Manchester age 19. I started doing more competitions after that. I did a qualifier in Leeds and was second and got through. I also helped at the 2010 World Strongest Man in South Africa. I was pretty star struck!
When does this year’s event take place?
It will take place from September 24 – October 1 in LA. Before the event there are medical checks and then four days of qualifiers. There are five guys taking part from England. The event is split into five groups of six including the Loading Race, Truck Pull, Squat Lift, Keg Toss, Deadlift (for Reps) and Giant Tyre Yoke. The top two from each event goes through to the finals.
Do you have a favourite event?
I’m good at the Deadlift. My personal best is 410kg.
How are you preparing?
I train regularly. I’ve had a program created for me by a strength conditioning coach in London. I also have help to train by my local sponsors Exertrain.
What equipment do you use to train with?
I use Exertain equipment like weights and bars but also have Strongman equipment which has been design especially for me to help prepare for the event before I fly out.
Are you working on any side projects at the moment?
Last year I started working on my own brand of products called Pink Protein. It’s completely for the female market whom I have developed a range of health supplements for.
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Today’s Weight Lifting Fact
Lifting 410kg is the equivalent of picking up 205 standard bags of sugar!
Today’s Food Fact
Jack eats a whopping 6500 calories a day. That’s the same as eating 13.2 Big Macs!
Author: Laura Davis