Local superman out muscles rivals

FLEX FOR SUCCESS: Tamworth’s Eli Latsinos says the sport of strongman is not for the faint-hearted. Photo: Barry Smith 130514BSC03

FLEX FOR SUCCESS: Tamworth’s Eli Latsinos says the sport of strongman is not for the faint-hearted. Photo: Barry Smith 130514BSC03

IT’S a sport reserved for the superhuman or the clinically insane.

Competitors hoist giant boulders above their heads, pull trucks along the road with their bare hands and run lumbering a 220kg frame.

It’s the sport of strongman and, according to Tamworth rising star Eli Latsinos, it’s not for the faint-hearted.

Mr Latsinos has made a stunning foray into the sport, winning at only his second event earlier this month.

Entered in the novice section of the Sydney Strongman Series, the 21-year-old out muscled his opposition in an awe-inspiring display of skill and strength.

Mr Latsinos, a personal trainer at Tamworth’s 360 Fitness Club who tips the scales at 100kg, said training for his chosen sport could be problematic.

“There are things you can only really do in competition, like pulling a truck,” Mr Latsinos said.

“It’s very hard to mimic in training but you do what you can.”

He said he loved the challenge strongman events presented.

“It’s not just about lifting reps or running on a treadmill, it takes endurance and mental toughness,” he said. “Competitors are really supportive of each other too.”

Mr Latsinos will compete in his next strongman event in Sydney in late June.

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