Champion strongman delivers masterclass

ONE of the world’s strongest men visited a Worthing gym to encourage aspiring bodybuilders.

Dimitar Savatinov teaching Karl Stone deadlift technique

Dimitar Savatinov, a past winner of America’s Strongest Man, held a masterclass at Max Strength Gym, in Southcourt Road.

He lives in Florida for most of the year but travels the world competing in events, including the World’s Strongest Man later this year. He is currently preparing to set a new world record for the giant dumbbell press, with a target of 130kg.

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Gym owner Matt Szczerbinski, who was coached by Dimitar for more than a year, asked the champion strongman to visit when he was in the area.

They have collaborated on similar projects before and Dimitar was happy to share his experience, helping a group of ten weightlifting enthusiasts to improve their technique.

Matt said: “The practical seminar was a big success. The best thing about about the day was the positive feedback from the people who came along to learn new training methods.

“Because of the relatively small group, everyone was able to receive close attention to their technique and had advice tailored to their specific needs.”

Faye Hersee from East Preston was one of the students. She has just qualified for the finals of the England’s Strongest Woman competition, to be held later in the year.

Matt said Dimitar helped people to position some of the hardest technical strongman events, like deadlift, axle clean and press, giant dumbbell press, yoke and tyre flips.

Matt will be running Worthing’s Strongest Man 2015, for the third year running, on Sunday, August 23, from 10am to around 5pm.

He said: “It is a novice show for both men and women. We will have around 40 athletes during the day and its a good family event.”

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