(CBS local) – The 2021 SBD World’s Strongest Man competition featuring four-time champion Brian Shaw will be crowned champion this weekend on CBS Television. The crowd that will be captured by the competition will see the 10 finalists from a qualifying field of 25 qualifiers compete across multiple events to win the coveted title of the World’s Strongest Man.
The 44th edition of the competition sees Colorado-born Shaw join 24-year-old Trey Mitchell and the Stoltmann brothers, Luke and Tom, as they compete alongside the rest of the field across a variety of Tests. Some of this year’s highlights include the world-famous Atlas Stones, Reign Total Body Fuel Keg Toss, Fingal’s Fingers, KNAACK Deadlift and Titan’s Turntable. What do these events mean? Check out the descriptions below.
Atlas stones- The highlight of the World’s Strongest Man competitions since its introduction in 1986, the Heavy Five Stones Ball has increased in weight from 100 kg (~220 lb) to 160 kg (~353 lb). They should be placed on five identical pads about chest height.
REIGN total body fuel drums – The barrel draw was inspired by the tradition of upland games. It is a test of strength as athletes have to throw barrels that are overweight at a height of 4.42 meters (~14.5 feet). Athletes only get one attempt to remove the wall at each weight.
Fingal fingers- This event, which was first added to the program in 2000, got its name from a legendary Gaelic warrior hunter. A series of articulated poles (fingers) is raised by the athlete from a horizontal resting position and flipped over to the other side. The height and weight of the poles increases with the success of competitors. Weights range from 200 kg (~440 lb) to 300 kg (~661 lb).
KNAACK Deadlift- A familiar exercise for everyday athletes, the deadlift can take two different forms in the world’s strongest man competition. Contestants can get the maximum weight in a circuit as the athletes attempt to lift different weights until one leg is left standing. Or, athletes can be asked to lift a specific weight for the maximum number of repetitions in a certain time frame (usually around 75 seconds).
Titan turntable- New to competition this year, this event sees athletes push a vintage locomotive seated on a large turntable. Athletes will be required to push the turntable, which is topped with a 19th-century JW Booker steam engine, 180 degrees in the shortest possible time.
This year’s competition was broadcast on CBS and CBS Sports Network throughout July and August, and now fans will find out who will be crowned the World’s Strongest Man on Saturday, September 4 at 2:30 PM ET on CBS and broadcast live via the premium Paramount+.