Bryan Benzel played college football at the University of Nebraska before taking up strongman after a friend introduced him in his mid-twenties.
Benzel’s favourite event is the Atlas stones. “It’s a mixture of how iconic it is and because it’s typically been a strong event for me.” Although after dropping a 181kg stone on his foot earlier in his career – nearly losing it to the resulting infection – he’s got first-hand (maybe that should be first-foot?) experience of how real the stakes in strongman can be.
Benzel’s proudest strongman moment to date is placing 2nd in the 2015 Arnold Amateur World Championships. Ever the fierce competitor, it’s also his biggest disappointment as he felt he could have taken first.