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» World's Strongest Man 2017 (Go to post)21-05-2017 @ 19:18 
93hopkinsonr said:Big Z in 4th after 3 events in heat 5.

Benzel 14.5
Hollands 14
Best 11.5
Savickas 11

How may events are in the heats? Looks like Z will be lucky to make the final.
» World's Strongest Man 2017 (Go to post)16-05-2017 @ 21:36 
yiannis said:Seems most the athletes have set off!

Z has just posted a picture so he is definitely on his way!

What a final this is set to be imo! shaw, eddie, terry, Thor, loz all look in great shape! Z can't be going in my opinion if he dosnt feel he can win!
konstantine janashia Is a dark horse to watch imo but I do think ed Thor and shaw will make up the top 3 just can't work out where

I think someone posted that Z has said that the injury is still affecting him, but he believes he will make the final. I suspect he sees this as a step on his road to recovery. Hopefully he doesn't hurt himself again during the competition.
» World's Strongest Man 2017 (Go to post)11-05-2017 @ 16:09 
The_Lone_Wolf said:
I'm just curious because you was adamant that Z was easily 6 foot 5, especially when he was taller than your chum who is around 6 foot 4-5. Did you txt him to confirm?
These things matter. Oh and yes, I'm interested in how Z is doing, he's a living legend and I hope he can have one last hurrah. Then he can retire and hopefully settle on a comfortable weight and height.

I suspect Z won't retire until he believes he can't compete for the win anymore. At this stage he obviously still thinks he will be able to once fully recovered.

He's won plenty of times at 175kgs and probably carrying more fat. His injury will hold him back no doubt, but he certainly has the potential to be very strong at that weight.
» World's Strongest Man 2017 (Go to post)09-05-2017 @ 18:36 
Wayne_Cowdrey said:
Made his debut in 1995 as a skinny legged arm wrestler. Was very lucky with the events he had in his heat (including arm wrestling!) and made the final. Came last. I thought his fire engine pull was quite decent though. He was the lightest guy and came 6th in that event.
1996 - didn't do very well at all. Didn't make the final.
1997 - came 3rd in the final.
1998 - winner Happy
I thought the 1998 final was a bit s**t though. Events were too light.

Magnus was strong as heck and claimed he was a drug free athlete.
» Big Z for 2017 Mr Olympia?! (Go to post)02-11-2016 @ 16:27 
drex50 said:
It's not about laziness, it's a different diet, training and drug pack.
This shape is temporary, whoever thinks he is competitive in this shape is out of mind.

I agree. I recall Z saying in the past that if you want to be the strongest you can't look like a body builder.

No doubt he's still strong as heck, but won't be competitive with the 400lb monsters at this shape/weight.
» World log lift champs (Go to post)23-05-2016 @ 21:05 
Not to spoil your fun guys, but does anyone know why Z didn't compete?

Early posts said he looked "small for Z", but there's a picture on his facebook standing next to Lalas and he looks plenty big.
» Arnold Srongman Brazil (Go to post)06-04-2016 @ 22:22 
The_Lone_Wolf said:With all the recent Arnold comps, I wonder what shape Z will be in for worlds.

For someone with a bad back he's not exactly resting up is he.

I suspect he'll be sub-par at WSM when it comes to deadlift. He "rested" most of last year and that doesn't seemed to have helped. Whatever it is I suspect it isn't going to get better. There are those that will say his back can't be hurt if he's still deadlifting 400kg, but it does certainly seem that something is going on with his lower back. He killed on the power stairs at last year's WSM indicating he's in awesome shape, but struggled at the deadlift and the heaviest atlas stone. That would seem to suggest trouble or a weakness off the ground. He obviously didn't have that issue in 2014 as he killed at the Arnold hummer tire and one of the other Arnolds did something like 10 reps at 375kg for the win (not sure on the weight).

Z used to easily be able to do a 430kg deadlift, but we haven't seen that from him in a while. Seems as though something is definitely off.
» Arnold Srongman Brazil (Go to post)06-04-2016 @ 15:23 
Post Edited: 06.04.2016 @ 18:35 PM by HeavyFuel
AdamT said:
Arnold is more suited to Z than Thor. Ore even Brian.

I agree, although I think Brian is actually stronger now on almost everything except log. Z was able to win Arnold cause he can still come in second when the weights are really heavy. Brian out did Z by a good margin on dumbbell and yoke. What saved Z is that not many (or no one) could get in between them (i.e. no one is close to Brian).

I don't think Z has a shot at winning when the weights aren't maximal so expect he will come in 3rd at WSM. That said, I've counted him out before and he's proved me wrong.
» Arnold Srongman Brazil (Go to post)04-04-2016 @ 19:40 
I suspect Z isn't pushing too hard to win anything outside of Arnold US and WSM at this point. That said, I don't think he can beat Thor at the lighter yoke or the deadlift these days even if he was trying his best.
» Arnold's Australia (Go to post)23-03-2016 @ 15:33 
Mikeneto said:Just saw Z's 410kg deadlift and Thor's 190kg log...both seemed good.

Hard to tell with Z on deadlifting. He always looks slow.
» Arnold's Australia (Go to post)19-03-2016 @ 03:10 
drex50 said:Zydrunas is not as strong as used to be

I agree. I actually think if there was someone to push Z back 5 years or more ago he could have lifted a truly incredible weight.
» Arnold's Australia (Go to post)18-03-2016 @ 14:33 
little_a said:Was Brian not invited to this to give everyone else a chance or did he just not think it worth the trip?

I assume Brian didn't go because of his hamstring injury.
» Arnold's Australia (Go to post)18-03-2016 @ 12:58 
JCarter123 said:
It would seem prudent not to count Z out of this comp after what happened a few weeks ago, especially as he should gain decent points against Thor in log and probably dumbbell too. If Z does then win, he's won the 2 most recent comps and surely he is favourite to win WSM?
I think Z will win this comp but probably Shaw will win WSM, Z 2nd and Thor 3rd.

Obviously never wise to count out Z, but I wouldn't bet on him winning with a max deadlift in there. Thor and Radz should both beat him. And there won't be enough competitors between him and Thor on the Log for Z to win.

I suspect Z doesn't really care about winning this competition - a podium is probably all he's really looking for. He's likely more focused on max log and WSM at this point and not doing anything that will hurt his chances at those.

I'm betting Z will hang it up this year (aside from a max log attempt here and there), especially if he can take another WSM. His lower back obviously hasn't been 100% for a couple of years now and it's pretty hard to win in this group like that. Then again, he stills seems capable of scoring high enough across the board to win when the weights are super heavy (like the main Arnold). WSM may be a different story though.
» Eddie Hall on BBC 1 Inside Out (Go to post)09-03-2016 @ 16:34 
Wes said:
Yes, that's why I thought he came accross well, wasn't full of Bulls**t and Bravado and was openly honest and very blunt.
I see what people are saying with regards to the death-rate of other high-risk sports, but what we're talking about here is a genuine contender to be the best, basically saying, that to be the best, I have to put my body into such a state that I will die within a few years. No other sport has that.
I'm not classing Wrestling as a Sport, because, well, it's not.

I'm a little confused. I haven't seen the video, but it sounds like he checks out fine, but then admits that he's doing damage to his body. What does that mean exactly? Just that the PED's will have long term damaging effects?
» 2016 Arnold Strongman Competitors? (Go to post)08-03-2016 @ 21:55 
staticcrossfit1 said:I asked Zydrunas:

Who will be in 20 years rembered as the strongest man ever for maximum stength ?
Z / Brian Shaw / Ed Hall / Vytautas Lalas / Benni Magnusson / ....

He sayd it is a hard question .

Can you all share your logic oppinion on this question ?

I agree - it is a hard question.

I suspect Z will be the one most known for max strength - or perhaps I should say, should be the most known.

While from time to time he has been beaten in max strength events it hasn't been very often (until now near the end of his career in deadlift). Considering he has been at this level for over 20 years says a lot. Over that period of time he has almost always been able to get himself in shape to be better than his peers of the day when it comes to max strength.I suspect if you could wind the clock back 5 years or so he'd still be able to do that, but at 40 years old he's probably getting past the ability to do so. That said, he still has managed to win the heaviest competition in the world twice now in the supposed twilight of his career against others who are arguably in their prime.

To be able to win the number of competitions he has (including the heaviest ones - Arnolds, Fortissimus, WSM) over the span of years he has puts him at the top in my view.

Brian is super strong now and probably a match for Z at his best, but the longevity at this level isn't there yet.

The others are super strong as well obviously, but not a match to these two guys when it comes to overall strength.


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