The 'Wheel of Ache' Is a Strongman Problem Impressed by 'Conan the Barbarian'

Proving that you simply're one of many strongest males on this planet could look like a comparatively simple proposition: Carry one thing very, very heavy, after which put it down. If the opposite opponents cannot carry that very same object, congrats—you win. One drawback: Challenges that straightforward do not essentially at all times make for excellent tv, which is one motive why the organizers of strongman competitions just like the Arnold Basic have began to get extra artistic in terms of demonstrating contestants' feats of energy.

In a brand new episode of the Joe Rogan podcast, strongman Rob Kearney—aka, the World's Strongest Homosexual—revealed that one of the vital memorable strongman occasions from the Arnold Basic takes its inspiration from Conan the Barbarian's "Wheel of Ache." If it has been some time since you have seen the 1982 basic starring Arnold himself, you may need to take a second to refresh your reminiscence. As depicted within the film, the Wheel of Ache was mainly a large, man-powered grain mill that slaves have been compelled to push till they dropped useless from exhaustion.


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"They really recreated that implement for the Arnold Basic," Kearney stated. "It's the most badass factor ever—it is like a $300,000 piece of apparatus." Rogue, a serious producer of health tools and sponsor of the Arnold Basic, constructed the gadget which, Kearney defined to Rogan, consists of a number of enormous wheels alongside the bottom which might be all filed with sand.

In whole, the Wheel of Ache weighs greater than 20,000 kilos, making it the most important implement ever constructed for a strongman competitors. The principles of the problem are fairly easy: Contestants are given a set period of time to push the wheel so far as they will. (In 2019, World's Strongest Man Martins Licis edged out Thor "The Mountain" Bjornsson by a mere six inches, collapsing instantly after his try.)

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