British strongman Tom Stoltman has established his place as an elite strength athlete with two World’s Strongest Man titles under his belt. However, he was disappointed to lose his title three months ago. So, he is now dedicated more than ever to claim some more prestigious titles, and his feats in training are a proof of that. In a recent post made on Instagram, Stoltman smoked a massive 1,763.7-pound (800-kilogram) leg press for reps in prep for the 2023 Shaw Classic.
Tom Stoltman, one-half of the prolific Stoltman brothers, grew up with a passion for soccer in his younger years. After his brother Luke won the Scotland’s Strongest Man (SSM) competition, Tom decided to start lifting weights and follow in his footsteps. His potential was evident from the start as he won his debut competition. He made waves across the regional circuit and placed runner-up behind Luke at the 2015 SSM.
Tom Stoltman rose to prominence for his insane feats of strength after turning in an impressive performance at the 2017 UK’s Strongest Man, where he took the silver medal. He earned his qualification for the World’s Strongest Man the same year and scored his first SSM win in 2018. Tom created history by becoming the first Scotsman to win the World’s Strongest Man title in 2021.
Stoltman left the fans stunned with his unreal strength by crushing a huge 749.6-lb (340-kg) axle deadlift for 10 reps while gearing up for the 2022 Britain’s Strongest Man in Feb. 2022. His hard work paid off as he handily dispatched the competition to win the top prize. He followed up by successfully defending the WSM title in May 2022. Following the victory, Stoltman declared his ambitions to win six trophies and become the winningest athlete in the history of Strongman.
In Jul. 2022, Tom and Luke took on the massive 20,000-calorie breakfast challenge. The pair ordered the entire menu and devoured six big meals to fulfill their appetite.
Tom Stoltman was set to participate in the 2022 Shaw Classic but ended up withdrawing from the show at the last minute last August. He explained there were errors in completing paperwork for travel for his wife, and he did not want to go without her. Although he looked for other solutions, he ultimately decided to skip the contest. He also opened up on his plans to score a 505-kg (1,113.3-lb) deadlift after the 2023 WSM.
Tom, also known as ‘The Albatross’, gave fans a look into his grueling shoulders workout last September. He went through a high-volume training routine to enhance his conditioning in the off-season.
Stoltman was then seen in action at the 2023 WSM, which took place Apr. 19-23 in South Carolina. He was looking to score a historic three-peat against a stacked lineup. He won two events in the Finals but could not do enough to edge out Canadian strongman Mitchell Hooper. In the end, Hooper won gold and Stoltman took second place. He was last seen competing at the 2023 Giants Live Strongman Classic, where he also finished in second-place, but this time behind Evan Singleton.
Tom Stoltman Smokes Massive 1,763.7-lb (800-kg) Leg Press for Reps in Prep for Shaw Classic
In a recent Instagram post, Tom Stoltman crushed a huge 1,763.7-pound (800-kilogram) leg press for reps while in prep for the upcoming 2023 Shaw Classic. One of the events at this competition will be the Car Leg Press. So, Tom hopes that the standard variation of this exercise will have a proper carryover to what will be featured in the competition.
He used bands to perform the lift and incorporated pauses to amp up the intensity. He completed the reps smoothly with proper technique. Tom is probably also lured by the fact that the winner of the 2023 Shaw Classic will be crowned as “The Strongest Man On Earth”. This will be the first time that the Shaw Classic is giving this title away, since Brian got the trademark from Paul Ohl not too long ago.
“A 800kg plus leg press with bands and pauses!” Stoltman wrote. “This took my soul. Prepping hard for @theshawclassic.”
The 2023 Shaw Classic is scheduled for Aug. 19-20 in Loveland, Colorado. It will mark Shaw’s final competition and will be a true festival of strength. Tom Stoltman will be looking to claim the title for the first time and cement his place in Strongman history.
Based on the latest update, it’s clear Tom Stoltman is determined to get back in the winning column when he returns to action in under a month.