Martin was born in Kufstein, Tirol in Austria on 27 November 1987. He was a sports enthusiast even as a child and at the age of 10 started kickboxing. After winning some national competitions in Austria after two years he began boxing but due to school commitments he found he did not have the time to commit to boxing. With the time he did have he began weight training and although his parents tried to encourage this further by buying him weights at home he found that the best environment for his progress was the gym.
A meeting with a powerlifter introduced him to deadlifting and squatting and by the age of 15 he was deadlifting 200 kg. He began to compete at the age of 16 years old and soon began to set records, thus far having set over 40 new national records. He moved into strength athletics at nineteen, winning his first competition, a qualifier for the Austrian nationals. He then placed 5th at the Austrian nationals, improving this to third the following year. In the same year he won the Austrian Winter Giants competition.
In 2009 a second place at the Strongman Fibo classic, behind Travis Ortmayer, qualified him for the Strongman Champions League. At his inaugural outing in the league in Serbia, he won the car deadlift and came 5th overall. He went on to compete at the next Champions league meeting in Finland, where he set a new official world record in the car deadlift and came 3rd overall. This in turn got him an invite to the pinnacle of strongman, World’s Strongest Man. In what was deemed the “group of death” which also contained Zydrunas Savickas and Brian Shaw, he did not manage to qualify for the final. In 2009 he won the Austria’s Strongest Man title.
Martin recently won the 2010 Austrian Giants contest on 18 December 2010.
He is trained by the renowned German strongman Heinz Ollesch.