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Arnold Strongman Classic

The Arnold Strongman Classic will be held March 3-4, 2023 at the Arnold Sports Festival.

All events will be held in the Strongman Arena in Hall D inside the Arnold Expo at the Greater Columbus Convention Center.

Martins Licis of Santa Monica, Calif., fresh off a win at the inaugural Rogue Invitational, and Tom Stoltman of Scotland, the reigning World’s Strongest Man, headline a field of 10 Monsters of Strength who will battle at the Arnold Strongman Classic Powered By Rogue Fitness at the 2022 Arnold Sports Festival in Columbus, Ohio.

Licis took home top honors at the Rogue Invitational in October by besting a world-class field including Stoltman; Oleksii Novikov of Ukraine, the former Arnold Amateur World Champion and 2020 World’s Strongest Man; and Mateusz Kieliszkowski of Poland, who finished second in Columbus in March 2020.

Licis, Stoltman, Novikov, Kieliszkowski and six others will fight for a record $182,000 in prize money, including a champion's check of $80,000.

2022 Arnold Strongman Results

  1. Martins Licis — 41 points
  2. Oleskii Novikov — 37.5 points
  3. Luke Stoltman — 30.5 points (tied for third)
  4. Bobby Thompson — 30.5 points (tied for third)
  5. Rob Kearney — 28.5 points
  6. Maxime Boudreault — 27 points
  7. Trey Mitchell — 21.5 points 
  8. Tom Stoltman — 21.5 points
  9. Evgeny Markov — 21 points
  10. J-F Caron (withdrew due to injury) — 21 points

2023 Prize Money

1st Place: $80,000
2nd Place: $25,000
3rd Place: $20,000
4th Place: $15,000
5th Place: $13,000
6th Place: $8,000
7th Place: $7,000
8th Place: $6,000
9th Place: $5,000
10th Place: $3,000
Total: $182,000

2022 Events

Friday, March 4

Event 1: The Heavy Squat-Using a Barbell
Rising bar system. Each athlete will have three attempts to establish their max weight. New event for Arnold Strongman Classic.

Event 2: Monster Dumbbell Press for Reps with 275 pounds
Dumbbell taken from floor to overhead for repetitions in 90 seconds.

Saturday, March 5

Event 3: Austrian Oak for Max
Rising bar system. Each athlete will have three attempts to establish their max weight. Starting log weight TBD.

Event 4: Timber Carry
Carry the 880-pound Timber frame up a 35-foot ramp. Straps not permitted. Time Cap: 30 seconds.

Event 5: Stone to Shoulder
With Odd Haugen's Stone. Lift Odd Haugen's famous "tombstone" from the ground to a stationary position on top of the shoulder for as many reps as possible. Tacky not permitted; tacky towels provided. Time Cap: 2 1/2 minutes.

Arnold Strongman Classic Champions

2002: Mark Henry
2003: Zydrunas Savickas
2004: Zydrunas Savickas
2005: Zydrunas Savickas
2006: Zydrunas Savickas
2007: Zydrunas Savickas
2008: Zydrunas Savickas
2009: Derek Poundstone
2010: Derek Poundstone
2011: Brian Shaw
2012: Michael Jenkins
2013: Vytautas Lalas
2014: Zydrunas Savickas
2015: Brian Shaw
2016: Zydrunas Savickas
2017: Brian Shaw
2018: Hafthor Bjornsson
2019: Hafthor Bjornsson
2020: Hafthor Bjornsson
2022: Martins Licis

Event Sponsors


Arnold Strongman Classic
Friday, Mar 03
Columbus Convention Center
Strongman Arena

Arnold Strongman Classic
Saturday, Mar 04
Columbus Convention Center
Strongman Arena

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