DEERFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Deerfield resident Rob Kearney works at Deerfield Academy as a strength and conditioning coach, but he’s also a professional strongman. In May, he will make a trip to Botswana to vie for the title of World’s Strongest Man.
Kearney will be one of seven Americans competing, but has the distinction of being the first openly gay man to compete in the event. The competition includes flipping tires, keg tossing, truck pulling, and overhead pressing logs and giant dumbbells, Kearney’s favorite lift.
Kearney says he trains up to four hours per day at the gym. “A lot of driving, long days, and a lot of food is really what it takes,” he explained. “Between me and my fiance, we go through almost 50 pounds of chicken a week. So we eat a lot.”
Kearney consumes up to 6,000 calories on his training days. He dead-lifts over 800 pounds and squats over 700 pounds. Last year, he was the first American ever to win the Log Lift World Championships in Lithuania.
Other competitors in this year’s World’s Strongest Man competition will include last year’s champion, American Brian Shaw, and Iceland’s Hafthor Bjornsson, who is perhaps best known for his role as “The Mountain” on the series Game of Thrones.