Strong men compete in Macon for division titles

MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Some of the strongest people in the southeast competed in the sixth annual Central Georgia Strongest Man Contest.

More than 25 men took part in the regional qualifier held in Home Depot’s parking lot.

Categories included lifting max logs, flipping tires, press medley, the car dead lift and lifting Atlas stones.

Contenders were judged in various divisions, such as super heavy weight, heavy weight and middle weight classes.

Officials say the competition is becoming a popular sport.

“It’s growing,” says Greg Fields, Georgia State Chair of United States Strongman. “The competition is growing every year here in Macon and it’s growing nationwide.”

The tires weighed 600 to 900 pounds, the atlas stones weighed around 360 pounds, and the car weighed around 1,900 pounds.

“The events are different in every contest,” Willie Wessels, president and owner of United States Strongman says. “So they’re getting new challenges all the time. It’s a lot of functional strength too, because some people aren’t the best weight lifters, but they can go out pick up a tire and lift a car and lift a log real easy.”

Daniel Barnett won the super heavy weight class division, Matt Gonzalez won the heavy weight class division and Mark Bevins won the middle weight class division.

The winners will compete next in an event in Indianapolis.

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