SKRONG. This is the word we like to use when describing w.o.d.welder athlete Bryan Benzel. We asked him to give us some insight into his introduction of Strongman competitions and what keeps him motivated to train. Read on to learn more about Bryan.
Career/Lifetime Highlights: I started competing in strongman in 2011. In October of 2014 I won the 300 pound weight class at NAS Nationals in Reno and qualified to compete at the Amateur World Championships at the Arnold in March 2015. At the Arnold I placed second overall by half a point, something I think about every single day. I still was the highest placing American, so I won my ASC Heavyweight Pro card. My first professional contest was in August of 2015 where I placed second. In October of 2015 I competed at America's Strongest Man and placed 5th overall.
More About Bryan: I had a mixed athletic background and competed in several sports growing up. My main focus was always football. My dad was a powerlifter, so I grew up around lifting and strength sports. After football ended I continued to lift, but it was several years before I decided I needed a new competitive outlet. At first I focused on powerlifting and competed a few times in it. I did pretty well, but wasn't in love with it. I finally got in touch with a guy I had lived next door to in the dorms because I knew he was involved with strongman in college. He got me in touch with Jesse Jobe and I went one day to train with them. I knew it was what I wanted to do after one day and haven't looked back.