Nicolas Cambi is getting dominated after two days of competition
in the heavyweight division of the Amateur World Strongman
Championships at the 2019 Arnold Classic by guys 70 pounds heavier
than him—and he’s spending $4,000 for it.
Of course, Cambi—who hails from Florence, Italy and resides in
Boston—wasn’t planning on this result. In fact, the 29-year-old
research-science recruiter wasn’t even planning on competing.
“This isn’t my best run,” Cambi, who normally competes as
a pro at 105 kilograms, said. But he decided to enter in the
heavyweight division at the Arnold last minute—just because.
“Oh, I won’t make it to day three of the show.”
Cambi started Strongman seven years ago when he signed up for a
local competition while training for a bodybuilding show. Since
then, he’s made a name for himself within the Strongman
community. In 2017, he won Strongman Worlds at 105 kilos, and then
got third at America’s Strongest Man just a year later.
Aside from his accolades, Cambi is known as a passionate
competitor who is unabashedly himself. Scroll through his Instagram
you’ll find dozens of pictures of his dogs, posts that
demonstrate his love for Tostino’s Pizza Rolls, and music video
mashups of him training. You’ll also find a ton of clips of him
lifting insanely heavy—and borderline reckless—weights. In
other words: The man is an absolute unit.
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At an offseason weight of 250-260 pounds, the self-proclaimed
“Large Mammal” has posted a 745-pound deadlift, can walk with a
1,010-pound yolk on his back, and can clear 60 feet while running
with 340 pounds in each hand. (This guy always gets the groceries
in one trip. Always.)
He’s also gone viral a few times by push-pressing in excess of
350 pounds with what’s called a Tsunami bar—a bouncy bar that
has a lot of slack in it, making the weight unstable and more
difficult to lift. Aside from preparing for his shows, these
monster workouts are done in the hopes of getting The Rock’s
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who I am,” Cambi says. “It’s more probable than not.”
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Cambi’s day job affords him the luxury of traveling out of
pocket to do what he loves, but it doesn’t come cheap. Between
airfare and a hotel room for him and his girlfriend, the food that
he needs to support his 250-pound frame during the weekend, and the
supplements and food he takes leading up to his show—the entire
venture costs him between $3,000 and $4,000.
This is the case for most competitors who aren’t on the big
stage alongside Brian Shaw and Hafþór Björnsson. “These are
just everyday people,” says Andrew Triana, owner of a coaching
company called The Performance Vibe and one of the best
middleweight Strongman competitors in the world. “They have jobs
and kids. They don’t get paid.”
While the sport has picked up some mainstream attention thanks
to brands like Rogue, “smaller” competitors like Cambi still
have to fight for recognition. But for the aspiring heavyweight, he
wouldn’t have it any other way. “I absolutely love this,” he
says before running off to attempt a 700-pound axle deadlift.
Spoiler alert: Cambi didn’t get a single rep…but was smiling
the entire time.
Source: FS – All – Fitness – News
Arnold Classic 2019: Pro Strongman Nicolas Cambi Paid Out of Pocket to Compete This Weekend