The man considered by many as the greatest strongman of all time, is coming to Christchurch.
Lithuanian Zydrunas Savickas (pronounced: zih-DROON-is Sah-Viscus) or “Big Z” as he is known, is the only powerlifter to have won every modern strongman competition, including the “World’s Strongest Man” four times and the Arnold Strongman Classic eight times, most recently in 2016. He has held the log lift world record since 2005 – an event where a weighted log is lifted from the ground and pressed overhead with elbows and knees extended.
On 1 February 2019, Big Z is holding a seminar at Unbreakable Training in Christchurch, presenting insights on training, diet and his success over a 20-year career.
Tane Apanui, the local man bringing Savickas to Christchurch, says Big Z stands out as a strongman.
“He is not only adored by fans but respected by his peers. To have been as successful as he has over a 20-year period says something about the way he manages his physical health, his training and the business side of what he does,” says Apanui.
This powerhouse of a man is available for interviews after he arrives in Christchurch on January 31st and February 1st 2019.
• Big Z is a powerlifter and professional strongman aged 43, is 1.91m tall (6ft 3”) and weighs between 170kg (375 lbs) and 182kg (401 lbs) at any one time
• Big Z started powerlifting at age 16 and has dominated world powerlifting competitions since 2003
• Considered by many of his strongman peers (including Hafþór “Thor” Bjornsson, Eddie Hall, Laurence Shahlaei) to be the greatest strongman of all time
• Impressive list of titles including four times World’s Strongest Man (plus six times second place), eight times Arnold Strongman Classic winner, three times Europe’s Strongest Man, 15 times Lithuania’s Strongest Man
• Savickas has held the log lift world record since 2005 and has set more total world records than any other strongman competitor in history, including:
- Log lift for Max Weight – 228kg (503 lb)
- Strongman Deadlift (with straps) – 442 kg (974 lb)
- Tyre Deadlift – 524 kg