Worlds Smallest Strongman/Bodybuilder

Strongman is a sport where all the biggest and strongest athletes come together to showcase not only their strength, but also their athleticism.  But one of the most common thing in this sport is the that the taller you are, the better chance that you’ll have to be successful in this sport.  Obviously, this is the case in a majority of sports. 

In the football and especially in basketball, tall people are valued more than short athletes.  Even though this is the case, this doesn’t mean that shorter athletes aren’t able to be successful.  For instance, Doug Flutie, Sam Mills, Drew Brees and the most recent Heisman Trophy winner Kyle Murray.  Obviously, these athletes are an anomaly.  They also give others that are vertically challenged the hope(even though false) of having the same success at the highest level in their sport.

There’s one sport that is literally impossible for a short competitor to be a success.  This sport is known as strongman or  world strongest man.  Obviously height doesn’t necessarily determine how strong a person is, but the lack of is a major issue when it comes to being successful in many strong man events.  In strongman, the average heights range from 6’3 to 6’8.  Anything below 6’3 is considered short or better yet undersized. 

Events such as the Fingal’s Fingers and the Atlas stones literally a built for the tall man. So when you have a 4’5 bodybuilder, powerlifter and strongman in Jason Owen from the UK.  It becomes refreshing.  The question that I have, is can Jason Owen actually successfully compete in strongman competition?  What are your thoughts.

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Is Larry Wheels Big Enough to be Successful in Strongman?

The thought of a 6’1 260 plus pound man being too small is weird in itself.  But this is the reality for record breaking powerlifter Larry Wheels.  Switching from powerlifting to strongman may be more difficult than this young man thought.  Obviously strength isn’t the issue, but surprisingly strength isn’t the only factor in competing in strongman.  Height actually is just as important as strength.  With competitors averaging between 6’6 to 6’8, 6’l seems like a Gary Coleman competing against Shaq.  Strongman events such as the atlas stones and the fingal fingers cater to more towards taller competitors.  Larry Wheels height or lack there of maybe his biggest obstacle.

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