Terry Hollands

British Strongman Terry Hollands didn’t begin his career in a strength-related field, and it was Rugby that was his original sport of choice. After contracting an infection and being unable to play, he eventually returned to the gym to focus on rebuilding his strength and that’s when he began a new kind of training.

By 2005 he’d come second in the England’s Strongest Man contest, and by 2007 took the title of Britain’s Strongest Man. He also consistently finishes in the Top 5 rankings of the WSM contest, and in 2014 was ranked 5th Strongest in the world.

Perhaps it’s down to the fact that his training regime is, in his own words, “ferociously unforgiving”, that Hollands is one of only four British men to ever have taken the podium at WSM contests since the competition began. He is also a WSM record holder as the only competitor ever to consecutively reach the finals nine times.