Meet the Showman of Strongman
Will Baggott from England, crowned the ‘Showman’ for two consecutive years in the Strongman Professional League, feels that to be a Strongman, you can’t just be strong and boring; you need to enjoy yourself and be engaged with the fans. Café had a tête-à-tête with Will to know more about ‘Strongman’
Having competed as a strongman for the last five years and being a professional for two years, England’s Will Baggott, who was sixth in the world of Strongman Champions League last year and has also won the best Showman in the world for two years in a row, is in Goa for the India leg of the Strongman Professional League.
Herald Café: What brought you to Goa?
Will Baggott: I am part of Strongman Professional League, a televised programme that goes to 95 countries in the world and is very popular and well known all around the world.This is a 16-day world tour and we finished last month in Mexico. We are in India (Goa) to show our talent so that the people from here and Asia know what a Strongman is. We are here to bring Strongmen together.
HC: What is your role in Strongman Professional League, Goa?
WB: I have come as an instructor. My role is to show Strongman the technique to lift the bar and motivate them.
HC: How many hoursa daydo you train?
WB: I train for around three hours at a slot in the afternoon. Routine is mainly waking up in the morning, stretching, drinking a lot of water and having a good meal.
HC: Do you need a different gym or coach for a Strongman?
WB: For Strongman we need specific items that are not available at every gym. One can train normally at the initial stages by using a bar but eventually you need to go to the log. You need to go to a ‘strongman gymnasium’ to be a Strongman. With coaching, watching the Strongman Champions League would also help. Watch what the professionals do on TV or visit the website for shows (strongmanworldseries.com).
HC: What does it mean to be a Showman in Strongman?
WB: In Strongman, it is not just about being strong anymore. You can’t just be strong and boring; you need to engage with the people and have fun. In Strongman Champions League we recognise some of the Strongman who have good showmanship. I engage with the crowd by taking photos and enjoy with the fans, which makes me the best Showman.
HC: What motivated you to be a Strongman?
WB: Before I came to Strongman Champions League, I was in the weight class for which your body weight has to be 105 kg. I was second strongest in the world. This motivated me to enter the Strongman Professional League.
HC: What is your diet?
WB: I have around 10,000 calories a day mainly from good carbs and proteins. I eat chicken, beef, white rice and many different green vegetable to make myself stronger. It is a tough diet.
HC: How mentally strong should one be for the event?
WB: You need to be always strong in your mind and believe in yourself. If you are a Strongman and if you think that you are going to fail then you will definitely fail but if you are positive minded you will surely gain success. You have to have belief in yourself and God as this is a dangerous sport which may cause severe injury to your head, backbone or knee.
HC: What is the maximum weight lifted by a Strongman?
WB: There are many different disciplines but in the log lift, Zydrunas Savickas of Lithuania has lifted 228 kg.
HC: Your message for Indiansinterested in becoming Strongman.
WB: My advice is to follow me on social media and see how I train and to learn from Strongman who are in India and are very helpful. If people message me and ask advice I will help them as much as I can.
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