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Terry Hollands (born 6 June 1979)[3] is a British strongman competitor, Britain's Strongest Man and England's Strongest Man winner, he is a competitor at the World's Strongest Man and Europe's Strongest Man competitions.

Terry Hollands
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Terry Hollands

(1979-06-06) 6 June 1979 (age 39)
ResidenceLondon, England
NationalityUnited Kingdom British
Height1.99 m (6 ft 6 12 in)[1][2]
Weight180 kg (397 lb)
Competition record
Representing  Great Britain
World's Strongest Man
Qualified 2005 World's Strongest Man
7th 2006 World's Strongest Man
3rd 2007 World's Strongest Man
10th 2008 World's Strongest Man
6th 2009 World's Strongest Man
8th 2010 World's Strongest Man
3rd 2011 World's Strongest Man
7th 2012 World's Strongest Man
7th 2013 World's Strongest Man
5th 2014 World's Strongest Man
Qualified 2016 World's Strongest Man
Qualified 2017 World's Strongest Man
Europe's Strongest Man
2nd 2010 Europe's Strongest Man
7th 2013 Europe's Strongest Man
4th 2016 Europe's Strongest Man
3rd 2017 Europe's Strongest Man
6th 2018 Europe's Strongest Man
Jón Páll Sigmarsson Classic
4th 2010
Strongman Super Series
3rd 2008 Mohegan Sun Grand Prix
Strongman Champions League
2nd 2009 Slovakia
2nd 2010 Iceman Challenge
2nd 2010 Germany
2nd 2010 Finland
1st 2010 Ireland tie w/Zydrunas Savickas
3rd 2010 Bulgaria
2nd 2010 Slovakia
5th 2010 Ukraine
1st 2010 Overall Champion
2nd 2011 Germany
5th 2012 Germany FIBO
2nd 2012 Serbia
3rd 2012 Portugal
3rd 2012 Finland
3rd 2012 Gibraltar
6th 2013 Czech
Representing  England
Britain's Strongest Man
3rd Britain's Strongest Man 2006
1st Britain's Strongest Man 2007
2nd Britain's Strongest Man 2008
2nd Britain's Strongest Man 2012
2nd Britain's Strongest Man 2013
UK's Strongest Man
1st UK's Strongest Man 2005
2nd UK's Strongest Man 2006
England's Strongest Man
2nd England's Strongest Man 2005
1st England's Strongest Man (WSM) 2009
LA Fitexpo All American challenge
1st LA Fitexpo All American challenge 2011


Early lifeEdit

Terry Hollands was born in 1979 in Dartford, Kent[3] having a birth weight of 12 lbs 14oz.[4] He was a keen sportsman in his childhood and teens, playing Judo and Rugby Union.[3] However, despite sport being a big part of his life, he did not start serious gym training until he was 22 in order to help his rugby, and he typically focused on endurance training.

In 2004 he contracted a leg infection[5] and on his return to the gym he focused on strongman training. His training schedule has been described as "ferociously unforgiving" and he has espoused the benefits of visualisation techniques saying "you can't get by without it."[5]

Strongman careerEdit

Hollands career as a strongman began in 2005, coming second at the 2005 England's Strongest Man and first at the 2005 UK's Strongest Man contests.

In 2006 he lost his UK title to Glenn Ross but turned his attention to the Britain's Strongest Man competition.

In 2006 Hollands qualified for the 2006 World's Strongest Man competition, although he did not qualify for the finals. In 2007 he took the title of Britain's Strongest Man and went on to finish third at the 2007 World's Strongest Man, the first time a British competitor had achieved a top 3 place in over 10 years.

The 2008 Britain's Strongest Man saw Hollands conceding his title to Jimmy Marku, coming second overall. However, in the 2008 World's Strongest Man contest he still made the final coming second in his qualifying heat. In the final he placed last out of the ten finalists.[6]

Hollands improved on this finish in the 2009 World's Strongest Man coming sixth overall. 2010 was a mixed year for Hollands. A series of strong performances and podium finishes in the Strongman Champions League, including a win in Ireland(tied w/Zydrunas Savickas), was derailed by serious injury, when he tore his biceps in the Europe's Strongest Man contest in June.[7] So strong had the early season been that Terry was still crowned the 2010 SCL overall champion on 18 December 2010.[8] His return from the biceps injury was rapid and Hollands was able to compete at the 2010 World's Strongest Man contest where he made the final for the fifth consecutive year, and finished in 8th place.[9] In 2011 he achieved a podium finish in the competition for the second time, placing 3rd, but in 2012 another biceps injury saw him withdraw from the final.

Hollands is one of only five British men to have been on the podium at World's Strongest Man.[citation needed] In the 2014 edition, he became the only man to have qualified for the final in nine consecutive years.

On 4 September 2015 he played rugby for England against the Rest of the World in a charity fundraising match.

In October of 2018, Hollands appeared in a series of YouTube videos with 4 Time WSM Brian Shaw where he and Shaw purchased food from Costco, cooked it, and engaged in conversation in Shaw's gym. [10]


done in official Strongman competition

  • Strongman Deadlift (with straps) - 435 kg (959 lb) - (World's Strongest Man finals 2011)
  • Log lift - 170 kg (370 lb) - (World's Strongest Man finals 2011)

done in training

  • Front squat - 270 kg (600 lb)
  • Bench press - 200 kg (440 lb) for 5 reps


  1. ^ "Terry Hollands - Strong Minds for Strong People". Archived from the original on 2008-12-18.
  2. ^ "terry-hollands - World's Strongest Man".
  3. ^ a b c muscletalk accessed 03/01/08
  4. ^ "". External link in |title= (help)[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ a b Dempster, Sarah (31 December 2005). "Give me strength".
  6. ^ "UK TV Coverage of WSM Final 2008 on Five". 2009-01-02. Five. Missing or empty |series= (help)
  7. ^ Monday, 21 June 2010, Terry Hollands/Jimmy Marku: Torn Biceps Update by Randall J. Strossen, IronMind
  8. ^ "Terry Hollands is the 2010 SCL Champion".
  9. ^ "Terry Hollands Wins at the FitExpo Strongman . . . Nick Best is Second".
  10. ^ "Brian Shaw and Terry Hollands eat and talk".

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