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England's strongest man to take on Europe
2:03pm Saturday 7th September 2013 in News
YOU could say he wants to go from strength to strength.
With his biceps like tree trunks it is perhaps no surprise that Hampshire’s Tom Hibbert holds the title of England’s Strongest Man.
But since conquering in the national under 90 kg category this year, the 37-year-old now wants to muscle in on a much bigger goal – to become Europe’s strongest.
Now he is gunning for victory in Europe’s Strongest Man and is expecting a much tougher test.
He has built up his ox-like strength by spending hours working out in the gym he owns – Winning Health Solutions in Shirley.
He can now hoist 280kg or 616 pounds in a deadlift – the equivalent of lifting up three washing machines or an adult gorilla.
He said: “My motivation just comes from the fact that I do this purely for me, this is what I want to be doing.”
Tom always had an interest in the Strongest Man events and used to watch them every Christmas as a child.
Now he trains non-stop and it is his passion. He said: “It’s my hobby. Training is my escapism. Even though it’s in my gym it’s my escape from the normal, working stuff. I love what I do.”
For his training Tom focuses on resistance work, which includes squats, dead-lifts and overhead work.
But Tom is not just all brawn, he also has the brains to match and he set up Winning Health Solutions based in Shirley, after he finished a degree in Sports Science at the University of Southampton.
Now he is aiming for glory in Europe’s Strongest Man later this year – an event that includes gruelling challenges such as lifting up giant concrete balls and dragging heavy barrels.
Tom is seen as an inspiration by people he trains with, including, Daniel Smith, a 25-yearold strength and conditioning coach.
He said: “Tom has a very particular approach to everything that he does, he trains twice a day. He’s made such massive leaps this year, we’re really hoping he finishes in the top five of the competition.”
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