Johan Els

South Africa’s Strongest Man Johan Els only started competing at 37 years old so perhaps it’s no surprised that he wasted no time making an impact. In his strongman debut he won 1st place at the 2016 Arnold Classic Amateur South Africa.

The former rugby player says he’s incredibly excited to make his first WSM appearance and that he’s been single minded in his training to get to this point. He’s hoping to promote strongman to South Africa and despite occasionally ripping clothes and struggling to fit into cars, he truly loves the sport.