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January 10, 2022
The Stoltman brothers face-off in a friendly fitness competition. With their big grins and even bigger personalities, it isn't hard to see why they were asked to visit the Myprotein HQ, a British online retailer of sports nutrition products and accessories. Here, the brothers were tested in a series of four fitness challenges that were a little different from their regular training regimen.
These brothers have some astounding accomplishments under their belts. Besides being the first brothers to ever compete against each other in a World's Strongest Finals in 2019, the eldest, Luke Stoltman, is the five-time winner of Scotland's Strongest Man and won Europe's Strongest Man in 2021. His younger brother, Tom Stoltman, is currently the World's Strongest Man, becoming the first-ever Scot to win in 2021.
So after dinner and some friendly chatter, the brothers started the first challenge off by seeing who could hold a v-sit for the longest amount of time. After what looked like a grueling 36 seconds, Tom collapses flat on the floor, holding his stomach with Luke shortly after giving up short of breath and asking for oxygen.
The second challenge was committing to a crucifix hold with 6 KG (13 pounds) kettlebells in each hand for as long as possible. Both brothers can be seen struggling and adjusting their bodies to make it easier. Finally, Luke is able to inch out another win after his brother's arms give out at the 1 minute, 45-second mark. This win gave Luke a 2-0 lead going into the third challenge.
After a brief intermission filled with brotherly banter, they moved on to challenge three to see who could bench as many reps as possible at 60 KG (132 pounds) in a minute. After losing the first two challenges, Tom went first and completed an impressive 74 reps in one minute. Luke came up just short with 69 reps. Ending challenge three with Luke in the lead still 2-1.
The day's final challenge was who could drink a 300 mL protein shake (two scoops of protein powder) the fastest. This final challenge was either going to result in an overall tie between the brothers or Luke winning the day. Both challengers chugged their protein shakes quickly and ended with both competitors confused as to who actually finished their shake first.
Initially, it seemed that Tom was able to inch out his brother for the win; however, after further inspection, the brothers realized that Tom actually missed a bit of protein at the bottom of his shaker bottle. Resulting in Luke winning the challenge and ending the day 3-1.
It was fun to see the brothers in this friendly competition before their first serious battle will take place at Britain's Strongest Man competition held on Feb. 26th, 2022 in Sheffield, UK. We can't wait to see what 2022 has in store for the World's Strongest Brothers.
What did you think of these challenges, and do you think you would be able to keep up with these brothers?
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