After two days of competition, Nicolas Cambi will be the heavyweight in the Arnold Classic 201
Of course, Cambi, who comes from Florence, Italy and lives in Boston, has not planned for this result. In fact, the 29-year-old recruiter from research did not even plan a competition.
"This is not my best run," said Cambi, who normally competes with 105 kilograms as a professional. But he decided to go at the last minute in the heavyweight division – just because. "Oh, I can not make it until the third day of the show."
Cambi began working with Strongman seven years ago when signing up for a local competition during a bodybuilding show training session. Since then, he has made a name for himself within the strongman community. In 2017, he won the Strongman Worlds with 105 kilograms and was only a year later third in the American Strongest Man.
Apart from his accolades, Cambi is known as a passionate rival who is unflinching himself. Scroll through his Instagram (@cambidude) and you'll find dozens of pictures of his dogs, posts showing his love for Tostinos Pizza Rolls, and music videos training him. You will also find a lot of clips in which he raises incredibly heavy and reckless limit weights. In other words, the man is an absolute entity.
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At an offseason weight of 250 to 260 pounds, the self proclaimed "Great Mammal" set up a 745 pound deadlift, can run on his back with a 1010 pound egg yolk, and can cross 60 feet with 340 Pounds run in each hand. (This guy always gets the groceries on a journey.) Always.)
He's also become viral a few times, squeezing over 350 pounds with a tsunami bar called a tsunami bar – a hopping stick, which has a lot of play It makes the weight unstable and harder to lift. Aside from the preparations for his shows, these monster workouts are run in the hope of catching The Rock's attention (he marks him in most of his posts). "I'm pretty sure he knows who I am," says Cambi. "It's more likely than not."
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Cambi's day job gives him the luxury of traveling out of pocket to do what he loves, but it's not cheap. Between the airfare and a hotel room for him and his girlfriend, the food he needs during the weekend to support his 250-pound weight, and the supplements and food he needs for his show – the whole business costs him between 3,000 and 4,000 USD This is the case for most of the rivals who are not on the big stage alongside Brian Shaw and Haf whoór Björnsson. "These are just everyday people," says Andrew Triana, owner of a coaching company called The Performance Vibe and one of the best competitors in the strongweight middleweight division of the world. "They have jobs and children. They are not paid.
While sports are receiving great attention thanks to brands such as Rogue, "smaller" rivals like Cambi still have to fight for recognition. But he would not be any different for the aspiring heavyweight. "I absolutely love it," he says, before he sets out to try a 700-pound deadlift. Spoiler alert: Cambi did not get a single repeat … but smiled the whole time.No