Dubai-based James Garrad – ranked in the top 100 of the world’s strongest men – put his power on display at The Leisure Show Dubai 2017, deadlifting 270kg in front of an excited crowd at the Matrix Fitness stand.
Put into perspective, that weight is almost eight times the 35kg luggage limit for economy travelers on Emirates – so eight full suitcases!
Originally from Sheffield, UK, Garrad ranked in the top 100 strongest men in the world in 2016. In his native England he took part in a series of competitions and ranked as the 7th strongest man in the country at one stage.
Garrad was joined at The Leisure Show Dubai 2017 with members of the Dubai-based community he has built who now focus on strength training as part of their lifestyle. Here, he has even worked with people with a variety of injuries, and built up their strength through his programmes.
After 10 weeks out of training due to an arm injury, Garrad managed to deadlift 270kg across Matrix Fitness latest barbell. He previously managed to drag a 36-tonne truck 20 meters in 24 seconds.
Speaking at The Leisure Show Dubai 2017, Garrad said: “I joined The Leisure Show Dubai this year to promote and help demonstrate that there is a growing strength sports community in the UAE. To give men and women an opportunity to try something new that tests them in new ways and builds great pride and confidence.”
The Leisure Show returns for 2018 on 16-18th September, co-located with The Hotel Show. Find out more: www.theleisureshow.com