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Physiotherapist competes in World’s Strongest Man contest

7 January 2014 - 1:20pm

Festive television viewers watched as a physiotherapist made his debut in the World’s Strongest Man contest.


Following success in China, Lloyd Renals is in training for Europe’s Strongest Man in Leeds on 9 August

CSP member and professional strongman Lloyd Renals spent two weeks competing at the event in Sanya, China, where he participated in a series of Herculean feats of strength.

The event was broadcast in stages by Channel 5 during December, with the final being broadcast on New Year’s Eve. It was watched by more than one million people in the UK, according to figures from the Broadcasters’ Audience Research Board.

Mr Renals, who works as a senior 2 rotational physio at Worthing Hospital in West Sussex, told Frontline the contest had been a ‘huge learning curve’ but he was pleased to have won in one event before being eliminated from the competition.

‘It was my first year there and the guys I was competing with had a lot more experience, but it panned out quite well,’ said Mr Renals.

‘I had a good first event where I won in the yoke event for my group, but unfortunately the rest of the events were more suited to my competitors.’

The yoke challenge in which he triumphed required him to run 30 metres, as fast as possible, while carrying a metal frame on his shoulders that weighed 450 kilos.

Mr Renals is now training for the qualifying stages of the Europe’s Strongest Man event, which is being held in Leeds on 9 August, and he hopes to qualify again for the World’s Strongest Man event later this year.

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