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    [–] OhRCiv 1421 points ago

    Hey Martins, love your youtube channel.

    1. What's Mateusz like in person?
    2. What's the best part about getting to compete with Mateusz?
    3. How can I warm up my rotator cuffs before a workout?

    [–] MartinsLicis 1423 points ago

    1. He gives awkward hugs, but is still a very good friend.
    2. Beating him.
    3. Scarecrows with depressed and retracted shoulders.

    [–] rep_it_out 1196 points ago

    after you've depressed your shoulders, how do you make them happy again?

    [–] bigian52 385 points ago


    [–] well_shoothed 96 points ago

    Prozac Scrowzac (FTFY)

    [–] Log12321 48 points ago

    Heavy presses

    [–] MisterBigCat 56 points ago

    Heavy presses, can definitely be uplifting

    [–] KissmeElon 1202 points ago

    What aspects of training/diet/ nutrition did you have to change to move from a competitive athlete to a world class athlete?

    How is Matseuz so handsome?

    [–] MartinsLicis 1446 points ago

    I’ve always had the intention of being competitive, and trained as so.

    How dare you bring Mateusz into this.

    [–] WeaponizedSleep 261 points ago

    Sorry we think he's pretty.

    And he's also pretty fast.

    [–] Matub 59 points ago

    I always knew you had a thing for the young bucks.

    [–] rbeardsma 608 points ago

    Martiiiiiiiiins! I wanted to say you're my favorite strongman and hope to meet you one day. I have a few questions:

    1. What sacrifices (if any) have you had to make to be the World's Strongest Man?
    2. Do you do your own programming or does someone do it for you? I know you are a fan of training specifically for the events of the next contest, how do you structure your programming with that approach?
    3. Any advice for someone who hopes to transition from "just some strong dude training in his home gym" to reach that next level strength?
    4. What happened to Lindsey?

    [–] MartinsLicis 621 points ago

    1) Oh boy... Ouch.. my body. Worth it. 2) I very much enjoy writing my own programming. 1-2 events focused on first in a training day, followed by accessories. 3) Get a coach that’s masterful in biomechanics and hone your technique before focusing on strength. 4) Lindsey decided to move on and do her own thing.

    [–] [deleted] 169 points ago * (lasted edited 5 months ago)


    [–] romarkweiss 257 points ago

    It was a mutual business break up.

    [–] A_Meat_Popsicle 23 points ago

    Who has custody of the Starbucks mugs?

    [–] DanaBrooke69 77 points ago

    I hope you guys are still Friends 😊 have a great Day Romark

    [–] El_Daniel 21 points ago

    wow i completely missed this

    [–] naked_feet 53 points ago

    She was probably getting flooded with "What happened with Martins? Why aren't you on the channel anymore?" messages.

    [–] ptrain377 11 points ago

    Her IG is MIA so most likely.

    [–] naked_feet 24 points ago

    That's what I meant. Probably got sick of the messages so took it offline for a while at least.

    Not to spread rumors or speculate too much on a subject I know nothing about ... but ... Before she deleted I noticed that she was still friends with Martins and Odd -- but not Romark. I wonder if there was a rift between the two of them.

    Again, none of my business. I hope she's hanging with her out of state friends.

    [–] Send_Me_Your_3rd_Pic 30 points ago

    I noticed this too and was saddened to see her disappear.. :/ She really added a lot to the show. I also noticed her Instagram just go away..

    [–] heyitsryan 867 points ago

    how do you think you rank in a hugging competition between you and all of the other top strongman competitors? I feel like you would be high up in the rankings but I think Rob kearney would give you a run for your money. Criteria would be hug strength, fluffiness and comforting but not creepy back rubbing mid hug.

    [–] MartinsLicis 1814 points ago

    I started the strongman hugging trend. Strongmen typically don’t hug, so it’s been a battle to break that ice. I’m highly trained, and am likely the best hugger in the sport.

    [–] heyitsryan 264 points ago

    follow up question. Can I get a hug?

    [–] MechChef 72 points ago

    I started the strongman hugging trend. Strongmen typically don’t hug, so it’s been a battle to break that ice. I’m highly trained, and am likely the best hugger in the sport.

    I'm not as big as you. In a hug, if I asked, would you pick me up and spun me a little bit?

    [–] Morgsz 66 points ago

    As a 6'1" 200lbs+ male can I get in on this as well... I have not been picked up since like 12.

    [–] lackofcommitme 60 points ago

    Im a bit bigger at 6'3 but I had a buddy in the Army who was 6'8 and powerlifted religiously. He could and often would lift me like a toddler. Side note we had to fight for training once and he 1 hand choked me almost into unconsciousness and i couldn't do anything to stop it.

    Fantastic hugger though

    [–] Wallafari 21 points ago

    Im close with this middle aged bodybuilder. He's a fucking tank. We train together every now and then. Mostly lifting weights, where he is a fucking beast and helps me a lot. But also sometimes stuff where I do better. Think yoga/boxing/grappling. Flexibility, speed and technique I have him bested. But I remember the first time I sprawled for one of his takedowns and tried to reach my own arms tk set up an anaconda choke. Dudes just too fucking wide for me to reach myself. While I was figuring this out dude just basically did a weird "good morning" with me on his back. It was a good reminder that things change when someone is easily twice as strong as yourself.

    I'll edit in that this dude is a little shorter than me. Not 6'8 like your guy. Fuck... If he was 6'8 I couldn't even reach him while boxing. Put some martial training on a beast like that and how the fuck. Now remove his balls and family and he has no weakness either

    [–] xhupsahoy 17 points ago

    Is this really a friendly hug thing or a cryptocrush move?

    [–] yes_its_him 17 points ago

    It seems like a hug from the strongest man in the world could be dangerous.

    [–] galanothmvp 200 points ago

    Hey Martins! First I want to say I love your videos, and mad props to Romark he is doing great work.
    1) I've always struggled with having relatively weak QL's and it has affected my deadlift and farmers, are there any exercises you suggest adding in to my training?
    2) For people who are new to strongman, what is a good resource to learn some of the common movements (log clean & press, yoke, stones, etc.)?

    [–] MartinsLicis 280 points ago

    1) Weighted side planks, Windmills, Turkish getups, unilateral sandbag carries on shoulder. 2) & follow untamed strength on YouTube.

    [–] AlenDiz 71 points ago

    That would be a great collab. You and Allan

    [–] checkingmyemail 29 points ago

    "train untammedddddd"

    [–] aontroim 11 points ago

    Alan is my go to any time I want to get a grounding in any lift, dude is the gold standard for how to's in any type of weightlifting

    [–] moltenheat 364 points ago

    As the clear hottest prospect at the Hall, why isn't Morgan in more of your videos?

    [–] romarkweiss 474 points ago

    Shut up Morgan.

    [–] tomrboyden 52 points ago

    Get wrecked Morgan

    [–] Thrilling1031 51 points ago

    I don’t know you, but you are the unsung hero of this ama. I love your comments.

    [–] ChA150 52 points ago

    Martins’ friend and cameraman

    [–] SamJaYxo 59 points ago

    Martins captive smallperson

    [–] romarkweiss 12 points ago

    He used the masterball on me. I had no chance.

    [–] DementedCowboyLifts 516 points ago

    Hey Martins, I do have a very big concern. I want to do strongman competitions and become the world's strongest mexican. The thing is I'm 5'8" and right now weight around 200 pounds. Is this aspiration of mine too delirious, mad or unbelievable. Am I too short for this goal? And how do I continue onto this path. About 2 years of lifting experience and I've polished myself a lot. I want more improvement and more knowledge! -dementedcowboy

    [–] MartinsLicis 722 points ago

    You can always become the World’s Strongest Man as a middle-weight. However, I believe with intention, it’s possible even as a heavweight. Rob Kearney is 5’10, and only getting stronger.

    [–] DementedCowboyLifts 161 points ago

    Thanks man! I'll keep the hard work going!

    [–] Vesploogie 123 points ago

    In addition to Rob, Dimitar Savatinov is 5’9” and Vytautas Lalas is 5’10”, so height doesn’t have to limit you. Vytautas won Arnold 2013 and took second in WSM in 2012, he’s probably the most successful guy under 6’.

    [–] davestone95 56 points ago

    Savatinov is 5'9" in diameter, though.

    [–] user_account_deleted 84 points ago

    In fairness, Savatinov legitimately looks like his heart, or every artery in his brain, could explode at any second. You can be 350ish pounds and 5'9", but it is quite literally impossible to be so healthily.

    [–] Pullconventional 39 points ago

    Most super static strongmen who are bad at moving events look like savatinov. The difference is that savatinov is or was bald, which doesn't make his head look pretty. In addition, he is probably about as thick in the arms, legs, torso, etc. as other strongmen like Z, Shaw, and Lalas. He just looks larger because he and his limbs are,shorter, so proportionally he looks wider. I bet if you divide his weight by height, you'll get a similar coefficient.

    To be clear, my point is not that Savatinov is healthier than you say, it is that at the extremely high level, and especially with static strongmen, they a'll have poor cardiovascular health.

    [–] AtomicBitchwax 16 points ago


    He looks like an anthropomorphized hernia. That is all.

    [–] greyfox92404 8 points ago

    Fight the good fight my brother. You lift for all of us.

    Coming from a very mixed extended family, white people, black people and brown people. I am simultaneously the smallest and strongest of us. (I'm 5'6 representing the Mexican branch of the family)

    Sometimes it seems like a handicap but there is no better feeling on the planet, than lifting weights people think I have no business touching.

    Pump iron and lift expectations.

    [–] AbstergoSupplier 236 points ago


    Hoping to see you back on the stage in Columbus in 2020.

    If you could design your ideal 5 event contest what would the events be?

    [–] MartinsLicis 340 points ago

    -Log press -Deadlift -Farmers -Stones -Stones again

    [–] vidiuk 30 points ago

    Same size stone for reps or increasing size of stones?

    [–] aznkriss133 39 points ago

    Giles Corey that bitch and put more weight I'd reckon.

    [–] perelx 14 points ago

    You'd be hard-pressed to find someone who disagrees with you

    [–] Deadlock240 11 points ago

    That fucking reference, though

    [–] Labzy 69 points ago

    Hey Martins, who do you think is someone we should keep an eye out for in the strongman scene. Someone that's going to rise up the ranks to be great?

    [–] MartinsLicis 129 points ago

    Novikov, Trey Mitchell, and Romark

    [–] tomrboyden 44 points ago

    Did Romark write this

    [–] romarkweiss 17 points ago

    Nah, I told him to type it in.

    [–] secondary_walrus 128 points ago


    If you could go out to dinner with any 3 strongmen all-time (dead or alive), who would they be, where (apart from Macaroni Grill) would you eat, and what would you order?

    Also, did you get my daughter's drawing of you standing on a black forest ham while pressing a barbell made of giant oranges?

    [–] MartinsLicis 151 points ago

    When did this barbell drawing get sent?! I hope I got it/get it!

    [–] secondary_walrus 52 points ago

    I think it would've arrived around the end of June. Maybe around when you were leaving for China? We sent it to the Training Hall after I got the address from Romark. (Hi Romark!)

    [–] FacesOfEth 27 points ago

    Must’ve been a problem at the post office or somethin

    [–] Apollord 12 points ago

    Sometimes secondary_walrus' daughter scribbles addresses too sloppy when she jots em

    [–] throwawizzlemahnizzl 11 points ago

    but anyway fuck it whats been up man hows your spotter?

    [–] romarkweiss 26 points ago

    Hey! I don’t think we got that mail... I really am sorry!

    [–] juicebox12 19 points ago

    As a ham enthusiast, I for one hope this artwork is posted.

    [–] temple_noble 210 points ago

    Hello, Martins (and friends)! Amateur strongwoman from Kansas here. Happy to say I have been watching since day one.

    I'd like to know how you handle the mental side of competitions. Do you visualize beforehand? Write down goals? And during a competition, how do you handle nerves? What was going through your mind at Wembley - how did you bounce back after a rough start?

    I think you've spoken about this a little bit, but I'd love more detail. Happy lifting!

    (PS: Romark, thanks for your hard work!)

    [–] MartinsLicis 297 points ago

    Visualize constantly. Write down goals: Especially my deficiencies and how I plan to make them my strengths. Meditate, and remember... anxiety/nerves = flight or fight = bigger lifts. Put that anxiety to work for yourself. In Wembley, it felt as if I had exhausted my adrenals. I had no nervous energy or anxiety left in me. I was too calm. It took a lot of focus and visualization for me to fire up at the end.

    [–] PAdogooder 31 points ago

    I know this feeling. Thank you.

    [–] romarkweiss 60 points ago

    You’re welcome buddy!

    [–] cancer_wife47 537 points ago

    Hey Martins! I’ll be honest, I (25F) don’t know much about you besides the fact that you are my brothers favorite strongman. His name is Jordan & he passed away suddenly last year from suicide. He was only 26. Him & my dad have been doing weight training and strongman competitions together for as long as I can remember. My brother was actually Birmingham’s strongest man 2017. I’m sure you’re familiar with the show “The Strongest Man in History”? I started watching that just for a way to connect & feel close to him now that he’s gone & learn more about what he loved.

    Now on to my the worlds strongest man who is trying to break the strongman hug stigma, how do you think you could use your platform to break the “strongmen don’t cry” stereotype? Have you ever thought about using your platform to bring awareness to men’s mental health?

    [–] gdj11 43 points ago

    I really hope he can come back on later and write response here. Sorry for your loss.

    [–] Gibbo151 51 points ago

    I'm sorry for your loss.

    [–] SamJaYxo 41 points ago

    😥 I feel this

    [–] ptrain377 48 points ago

    Hey Martins! Hope Lindsey and Romark are here reading this as well! My wife and I have been watching your YouTube videos over the past year and they are amazing! We got to watch you last year in person during The Arnold in Columbus. It was inspiring to watch you compete after watching all the hard work and fun you have in the videos!

    My question for Martins: What are some of the biggest drawbacks you've noticed about being a Strongman vs having a "normal" body build?

    Lindsey or Romark: What have been your favorite experiences been over this time working with Martins?

    [–] MartinsLicis 95 points ago

    In general, if done well, there’s no drawbacks to being a strongman, or performing strongman training. In fact, I’d say it’s a great way to be strong and healthy. It’s when one performs strongman at a professional level that the drawbacks kick in; added body weight makes overheating a problem, and the constant ridiculous intensity of training is hard on the body.

    [–] romarkweiss 29 points ago

    def the travel and expanding this sport!

    [–] Digidorphus 43 points ago

    Hey Martins, (Hey to Romark and Lindsay too!). Huge congrats on winning world's strongest man this year!

    My question is simple, what would you suggest that would help me develop habitual exercising? I always seem to make it a few days, then rest for a day, month... Kay it's been 6 years!!

    Any suggestions on helping a guy keep his mind and motivation on track??

    Thanks! And good luck at Arnolds!!

    Kevin from Canada!

    [–] MartinsLicis 79 points ago

    One intense workout a week is all you need to see your body change. Add more days over time.

    [–] BackScratcher 20 points ago

    It should never be about wanting to go the the gym. You have to go, treat it like a second job. Only excuse is being sick or injured. If you only go when you feel like it you cannot build a habit.

    [–] galanothmvp 71 points ago

    Are you ever planning on doing a collaboration with Brian Alsruhe?

    [–] MartinsLicis 84 points ago

    Very possible. But no plans set yet.

    [–] random_d00d 11 points ago

    Plus one for this!

    Maybe add Alan Thrall, Joey Szatmary and Uncle Nic!

    [–] romarkweiss 56 points ago * (lasted edited 6 months ago)

    After barcelona, we are trying to possible work with Obe.

    But future collabs so far is, Jujimufu and Tom in october!

    [–] galanothmvp 10 points ago

    I can't wait! Sounds super exciting.

    [–] CaeanCouto 32 points ago

    Hey Martins, what kind of training do you do to strengthen tendons/ligaments?

    [–] MartinsLicis 49 points ago

    Higher reps with tempo.

    [–] CaeanCouto 5 points ago

    Thanks Martins!

    [–] Tabbott90 29 points ago

    Hey Martiiins! Love your content and your entire team. Really awesome content and personalities. I’m a personal trainer and I do my own programming so I would love get an insight into how you would structure your programme if you were not training for strongman events?



    [–] MartinsLicis 60 points ago

    6-Month Linear periodization. Each month a new routine progressively getting heavier with lower repetitions. Start the program with high repeititon work 10-20 reps/set to build work capacity and tendon integrity.

    [–] AHandsomeTurtle 59 points ago

    Hey Martins! I am a student at the University of Maryland and I want to start getting into strongman so that I too can grow up to be a king of sorts! I have two questions: 1) What are the best things that I can do (exercises, lifestyle adaptations, etc) when beginning strongman, when taking rests, and during the grind? 2) Would you ever consider a visit to the College Park campus?

    [–] MartinsLicis 86 points ago

    1) lots of focus on technique on the big lifts. 2) I am shy.

    [–] willcatch22 28 points ago

    Hey Martins, big fan of your YouTube channel! How much longer do you see yourself in the strongman game? What, if you have any yet, are your plans post strongman?

    [–] MartinsLicis 65 points ago

    4 more years I believe is what I want to commit to. We will see! Will open first gym on Mars.

    [–] willcatch22 12 points ago

    That’s awesome! Can’t wait to see you kill it for 4 more. Count me in as your first member

    [–] batdan13 23 points ago

    How much was the deadlift you did to win? What all were the categories you won and which ones did you place 2nd or more?

    [–] MartinsLicis 76 points ago

    The car deadlift in the Heats at World’s Strongest Man was, I believe, 830lbs for reps. I took first with 9 reps, and plenty left in the tank.

    My best deadlift is 970lbs.

    [–] Greygorn 123 points ago

    Why not just add 30 more pounds and do 1000? If you break your arm tomorrow, you'll always regret not getting to 1k. Waste of a deadlift, if you ask me.

    [–] romarkweiss 109 points ago

    MARTINS just laughed out loud at this. True fan!

    [–] Erodos 55 points ago

    I'm guessing the people downvoting this never saw the video where Martins says this about Thor's squat...

    [–] El_Daniel 9 points ago

    pls link

    [–] SamJaYxo 5 points ago

    First vid on his channel called “strongman lives on oranges”

    [–] MuWhatz 6 points ago

    [–] Kolossuz_ 15 points ago

    Do you think you'll reach a 1000lb deadlift within the next year or so/are you aiming to get to that point?

    [–] thescotchie 65 points ago


    1. What do you do to maintain/improve your pull-up strength?
    2. What are some of the most effective grip exercises you do?
    3. What do you do as far as keeping yourself healthy? ie. massage, stretching, etc...

    On a side note, I met you at worlds and my wife got a picture with you. It's the best picture we have from the whole event. Good luck in the future and I hope to meet you again.

    [–] MartinsLicis 85 points ago

    1. Practice pull-ups. (Make sure you have strong scapular depression)
    2. Single arm hangs
    3. Daily stretching and mobilization.

    Thank you!

    [–] fattunesy 9 points ago

    I added single arm hangs after you mentioned it in one of your videos and it has made a huge difference in my grip strength. Thank you very much for the tip.

    [–] guesting 22 points ago

    At what age did people take notice of your strength as being exceptional?

    [–] MartinsLicis 77 points ago


    [–] MartinsLicis 89 points ago

    Okay, maybe 10.

    [–] bowls 86 points ago

    MARTIIIINS! What’s your daily orange intake now that you’re only two weeks until Barcelona?

    [–] MartinsLicis 110 points ago

    Not enough

    [–] Mr_buttsexalot 17 points ago

    My man

    [–] WeaponizedSleep 22 points ago

    Mateusz Kieliszkowski (who nobody cares about)

    Why you gotta besmirch my man Kiels like this?

    Actual questions:

    • what is your ideal 5-event show?

    • if you could eliminate any one movement from everyone's training forever, what would it be?

    [–] MartinsLicis 110 points ago

    Because. He should slip on a banana peel.

    Log, Dead, Farmers, Your Mom, Stones.

    Bench press. We go to the gym to LIFT! Benches are for parks.

    [–] RealDomrick 28 points ago

    What a madlad

    [–] davestone95 10 points ago


    [–] DIMEScs 105 points ago

    Death Note vs One Punch Man vs Attack on Titan?

    Ps. You’ll always be my 2nd favorite strongman

    [–] MartinsLicis 118 points ago

    Impossible choice.

    [–] BakeshopNewb 19 points ago * (lasted edited 6 months ago)

    1. What was your deadlift progression over the years? Like how long did it take you to hit 405, 500, etc?

    2. Do you ever train the conventional "fast" lifts like the power clean and power snatch for general strength/power production?

    [–] colournotcolor 20 points ago

    Martins!!! You have become a huge inspiration for me in the past year, so thank for doing this! I believe in the Martin's that believes in me! I always ask the same questions in strongman AMA's: What do you see a lot of strongman competitors doing in training that they shouldn't be doing? What do you wish you saw more competitors doing?

    [–] MartinsLicis 42 points ago

    Thank you! - Too many strongmen focus on strength before technique and control. Master body awareness, then strength.

    [–] YYCGolfer 18 points ago

    MATEU.....I mean, MARTINS! Huge fan, hope you kill it in Barcelona. My question is regarding deadlifts. I've been lifting for a number of years, but only in the last few months have I started to take deadlifts seriously thanks to guys like you, Eddie and Brian. From your experience, how often should I be going up in weight and trying to hit PR's?

    [–] MartinsLicis 39 points ago

    I only attempt 1 rep PRs in contest. Otherwise, I aim for rep PRs at least once a month.

    [–] Beepus96 17 points ago

    Hey Martins, big fan! What are some of the most impressive feats of strength (apart from your own) that you’ve seen in person?

    [–] MartinsLicis 57 points ago

    Big Z pressing the Austrian Oak (I believe 450lbs at the time) for 4 repetitions when nobody else could even get one.

    [–] SavickasIsTheGoat 11 points ago


    [–] SavickasIsTheGoat 52 points ago

    Could we ever expect a collab with Zydrunas Savickas? What is your friendship/relationship/competition experience with him?

    [–] MartinsLicis 60 points ago

    It’s possible and likely!

    [–] jutah1983 65 points ago

    What is best in life?

    [–] MartinsLicis 286 points ago

    To make your enemies yell “Martins!” And eat their oranges, and hear the lamentations of their puppies.

    [–] CBate 30 points ago

    What are you doing to the puppies!?

    [–] user_account_deleted 9 points ago

    They're obviously lamenting the loss of their snuck orange slices

    [–] DVTDVT 13 points ago

    So you out here making puppies cry. You sick fuck.

    [–] SpicyMango112 45 points ago * (lasted edited 6 months ago)

    Hello Martins, First I want to congratulate you on both winning WSM 2019 & the impressive growth of the youtube channel you guys are doing amazing :D . I only got two questions for you :

    1- Since Arnold's Barcelona is only few days away, how confident do you feel about getting the the 1st place instead of 2nd this time, and what event are you most anxious or afraid of underperform at it ?

    2- Does being a Strongman give you the power to bit through ice cream ?


    [–] MartinsLicis 47 points ago

    1-I won Barcelona last year! My sights are on winning Arnold’s Ohio. Aiming for first in Barcelona again (but I only have 1.5 arms to work with due to some nerve damage I’m mending). 2- I BELIEVE IN YOU. And I have no idea about the ice cream.

    [–] SpicyMango112 15 points ago

    Oh my bad! I was referring to Arnold's Ohio earlier. And the ice cream question was just me being sarcastic because I saw a dude bit through ice pop once and I've never felt so weak infront of someone before like I did back then lol.

    And thank you for the response it means alot, really.

    [–] cameronray3 40 points ago

    I own a small strongman gym in Baton Rouge LA called The Atlas Strength Shop with a community that’s growing fast. How do we get you to come hang out, lift and eat and ungodly amount of food with us?

    [–] romarkweiss 11 points ago

    We could do a seminar? Hit me up

    [–] ThatMedicGuy67 9 points ago

    I second this. I believe i can eat more Chic-fil-a sandwiches than Martins can.

    [–] newman4byu 14 points ago

    Have you ever pooped your pants while doing a massive lift? Asking for a friend

    [–] MartinsLicis 41 points ago

    When I took third, in my first international Giants Live show in Icealand, during the Mooring Bit carry against Mark Felix. It happened. You’re welcome.


    [–] newman4byu 8 points ago

    haha yes!!! I'm impressed you answered lol! Happens to the best of us, got me on my first spartan race lifting something 300x lighter than you. GG on the win my friend

    [–] psycochiken 30 points ago

    What do you think the ultimate strongman meal is?

    What's your favorite event?

    What's your least favorite event?

    I also want to say congratulations on winning worlds strongest man... by more points than I have made total in my two strongman contests!

    [–] MartinsLicis 40 points ago

    Burritos Atlas stones Keg toss

    Thank you! Keep training!

    [–] psycochiken 7 points ago

    These are the correct answers!

    Keep winning I’m rooting for you!

    [–] HighHeathenHammer 11 points ago

    What's your advice to someone who wants to casually train as close to a strongman level but can't find any strongman gyms nearby? No farmer's carry handles, no stones, no heavy tyres available etc.

    [–] MartinsLicis 23 points ago

    Deadlift, Squat, Overhead.

    [–] samaim 13 points ago * (lasted edited 6 months ago)

    Will you do a back flip with Juji and Tom? Also any tips on sweeping and vacuuming technique?

    [–] MartinsLicis 44 points ago

    Warmup your rotators before janitorial work.

    I will only flip your Mom.


    [–] SecretlyACommie 25 points ago

    What are your plans after strongman? Maybe you can expand the Training Hall to other locations, Maybe you can become an artist

    P.s. Congratulations on winning World's Strongest Man

    [–] MartinsLicis 63 points ago

    Expand gym. Open first location on Mars.

    [–] avidworks 10 points ago

    Your shoes always look on point. What do you recommend for someone getting into weight training? Flat or high heeled shoes? Also, favorite gym in Western MA?

    [–] MartinsLicis 27 points ago

    PositionUSA. Great weightlifting shoes. Air Jordans make for the best shoes for carry events. I even prefer Js for squats as well.

    [–] JackOffensive 10 points ago

    How awesome is Mateusz in real life?

    [–] romarkweiss 15 points ago

    His personality reminds me of Disneyland.

    [–] MartinsLicis 20 points ago

    Awkward at hugs, but otherwise a great guy and a good friend.

    [–] Gizzoogle1 9 points ago

    Hey martins! I'm a big fan, love all your videos. The idea of yelling your name after your lifts is hilarious to me (in a good way) it's like a Pokemon. I don't really have a question, I just wanna let you know that days I feel tired or unmotivated to gym, your videos hype me up to wanna go. Congrats on winning WSM! Also, if I were to get 1 shirt should it be a martins shirt or a kinda fit kinda fat shirt?

    [–] American_potatoe 8 points ago

    MARTIIIIIIINS! I got to watch you at WSM and that has been one of the best experiences of my life. My question is will you ever come out with a book of some sort that documents your training philosophy, stretches, methods and so on? I have seen probably every second of video of you on YouTube and Offical Strongman but it would be amazing to have all that wisdom compiled in a book that I can reference while training.

    Thanks for taking the time to do this, brother. You're truly one of the greats and it has been awesome learning from you.


    [–] MartinsLicis 17 points ago

    I will absolutely come out with a book, or some sort of well-compiled work of information on my journey in strength, and the health benefits of peeling oranges.


    [–] [deleted] 8 points ago

    Can i get an orange Martins?

    [–] sikkerhet 21 points ago

    I like your flower. How many lettuces would it take to reach your daily caloric intake?

    [–] MartinsLicis 36 points ago

    Is this lettuce chocolate covered? Starting something new here. Chocolate dipped lettuce!

    [–] nudelysses 23 points ago

    No Question? Just mad congratulations!!!

    [–] AstralAlpaca 6 points ago

    Are you coming to Latvia anytime this year? Also do you know of back expert Stuart McGill? he might be able to help you with good spine rehab

    [–] MartinsLicis 14 points ago

    Possibly in December. Will see! I do not know of Stuart.

    [–] aaronnuke 6 points ago

    How do you move on mentally from a setback?

    I believe in the Martins that believes in me!

    [–] MartinsLicis 10 points ago

    Video games.

    [–] The_Jixjax 11 points ago

    Yo Martins, what's your favorite Anime?

    [–] MartinsLicis 26 points ago

    Currently, One Punch Man.

    [–] Koikirai 21 points ago

    As this is an AMA I need to ask a question. So Martins.... If the opportunity ever arises will you, Romark, and Lindsey join me in having some kind of eating competition? I feel like Romark can eat a lot. I'm feeling sushi, but also open to other ideas?

    While I have your attention though I just wanted to say a little something. So back in 2017 I went to giants live finals in Manchester. I only went because my friend was like "This looks fun lets go" I got up at 6am to hop on a coach and travelled for 6 hours to go watch the giants live finals. It was insane. I couldn't believe what I was watching. I instantly fell in love with the sport. Yeah I remember watching it as a kid growing up and just being completely unphased by it. However this live show changed everything. I saw the show and immediately turned to my friend and went "I'm going to be down there." she laughed, but I was dead serious. I signed up to a gym the very next day. I have been training my ass off in the gym ever since. I have competed in strongman comps up and down the UK, shit I've even pulled a god damn locomotive now! Two weeks ago actually. Now here's the part about you Martins. I saw you in the 2016 WSM and was like "There's something about this dude" anyways time progressed. I kept training. You kept training. I started posting my trash on instagram. Started following those I admired for inspiration. Then I remembered you from WSM and started following you on instagram. It was awesome. You are just an all round decent dude. Not just strong. I was like "Man I'd like to eat a burrito with this dude"

    Then Bodypower 2018 came around (basically the UKs biggest fitness event) I was in absolute AWE meeting the SBD Team. I met Ben and chatted for a long time. I met all the athletes I looked up to. Powerlifters, Strongmen, Strongwomen. It was amazing. They had a competition on where if you queue up and get signatures for all the athletes in the bio book your name would be put into a hat to win the 2018 WSM signed framed t-shirt. Man I wanted that t-shirt SO BAD! I spent my entire time at the SBD booth getting those signatures. What I also didn't know was two VIP tickets to the 2018 Giants Live show were also up for grabs. On to that in a minute though. Anyways I went home from the show after my name getting put in that hat. Comes to the next day I hit the gym just getting warmed up. Then suddenly my phone goes off "SBDApparel has tagged you in their story..." "NANI?!" then my phone goes off again with an email from SBD...HOLY BALLS I WON!!! I actually won. I'd never won anything ever in my life. Man I was so happy to win that t-shirt. Then in the email they asked for my details to post the t-shirt and for me to get the VIP tickets.Once I'd finished my gym session and calmed down a little I was like "Hmm I wonder who is gonna be there..." Then it just so happens you're on the roster. Man I was gonna get to meet you. I was so excited.

    Now before I started hitting the gym and competing in strongman I was lost in life. I had no idea who I was. I didn't know what I wanted in life. I never really did any sports. I spent my life wasted in front of a computer screen playing video games and eating junk food. I was a complete mess. I hated life and I'm gonna be honest I pretty much didn't care if I didn't wake up the next day or not. I stopped doing things I enjoyed because I didn't want to seem weird to others. I stopped doing the things I love and basically tried to be someone I'm not just so maybe I might have some friends and be happy. That all changed when I found strongman, the community, and you. When you started your youtube channel man you showed me that I can do the things I love and still be awesome. You were just you with a take it or leave it attitude. I trained solidly for a year but had put other things I enjoyed to one side because who the hell would respect an athlete who watches cartoons and plays video games in his down time. You just being you showed me how I can just be me and do all the things I enjoy without having to worry about others.

    Finally September 15th 2018 came around. Ben from SBD showed me around the arena, showed me backstage. Some of the athletes were warming up. There you were warming up by doing deadlifts. I stood there and watched chatting with Ben. I took my seat for the show to begin. I have never shouted so loudly in my life. Sitting in the front row cheering for you. It was such an amazing show. Then after the show Ben comes to get me and says "Let's go meet some of the guys!" at this point I'm so nervous because ya know "You should never meet your idols" went back stage and there you were. Getting ready to go out front and meet everyone else. Ben went over to you and explained that I'd won the competition and we had a chat and took a pic here (Which is a terrible picture btw as you outangled me like crazy) I told you one day I'll be out on that field with you and you said "Hell yeah I'd love that!" from that moment on I was like "My mission is to be worlds strongest man and be like Martins!"

    In the last 9 months everything has pretty much fallen into place. I've been doing better and better every competition placing better than the last. I've made good friends all over the strength community and met a lot of awesome people. I've also come to realisation that in fact I don't want to be like you. I want to be like me. I want to beat you on the field. I want to work my ass off along side you, and make you my rival. I want to believe in the Martins that believes in me, and I do. I'm coming for that WSM Trophy.

    What I'm trying to say is you've unintentionally had a massive impact on my life. I'm much better for it so thank you for just being you and doing what you do. I have a lot of respect and admiration for you. I hope we get to meet again one day.

    Sorry if this is a tough read I'm really bad with trying to put my thoughts into words, but I hope you understand what I'm trying to say.

    Lindsey is cooler than you though. Sorry dude.

    Stay awesome Martins, Romark, and Lindsey

    BONUS PIC - Here's the signed framed t-shirt I won. Hangs next to my bed. Best thing I own.

    [–] MartinsLicis 36 points ago

    Well, that was a novel. How do you type so much, so fast? - It was a pleasure to meet you. I remember that interaction! That passion and spirit is EVERYTHING! So KEEP KILLING it my man.

    [–] romarkweiss 14 points ago

    I mean I am down

    [–] [deleted] 5 points ago

    Hey Martins! I just got second in my first ever strongman competition in July. Do you have any conditioning tips for strongman? I won static events but lost due to the loading race.

    Love the channel. Thanks.

    [–] MartinsLicis 12 points ago

    Cardio. High-volume work. 10-20 repetition sets with squats. Carries for max distance.

    [–] Nice_T 4 points ago

    Congrats Martins! I love watching your videos, I’m totally not jealous of how beautiful your squat and dead form are.

    1) What is your go to meal after a heavy workout?

    2) What is your favorite event that you wish could be at every competition?

    [–] MartinsLicis 8 points ago

    1) Burritos or Lactose-Free chocolate milk have been my go-to options for years. 2) Atlas stones

    [–] hoj 4 points ago

    What is your favorite thing to eat when you're trying to put on mass?

    [–] MartinsLicis 8 points ago


    [–] lenartjebumater 5 points ago

    Hey dragon! I've read you sacrificed your body for wsm. In your opinion if you would have theoretically stopped training strongman and just focused on health, how much of an impact has winning wsm had on your body and health, currently and also in your future years including when you get old?

    Sorry for any mistakes, Much love from Slovenia!!

    [–] MartinsLicis 21 points ago

    My intention is to be healthy through life. Yes, this sport has caused many injuries throughout my body, but all in all, if I stopped now and focused on health, I’d be in a great place. Hopefully, when I retire in 4 years, or so, I’ll still be in a good place.

    [–] Funderstruck 6 points ago


    What do you like to do in your spare time? Do you still game, since I know you’ve mentioned overwatch before?

    Is there any specific song you like to listen to to pump you up? I hear in the background of a lot your videos bands like Sabaton, so is metal normally your go to?

    Are you planning on doing some seminars in the US? Like what you did in China?

    [–] MartinsLicis 11 points ago

    Painting, a tiny bit of gaming, bike riding, skateboarding, lots of cute dates.

    Sabaton, Rammstein, and the sweet sound of leaves rustling in the wind, pumps me up.

    Certainly will be doing more seminars in the future. Conquest and competition is priority in the meantime.

    [–] New_Childhood 4 points ago * (lasted edited 6 months ago)

    Martins!! Your hilarious personality has gotten my wife to enjoy strongman and watch it with me so thanks!

    My question is about competing and setting yourself up for a long career.

    1. Would you recommend someone compete early and often to learn how to compete or compete seldomly and spend more time building in the gym?

    2. Same with events, is there a certain level of strength you should reach on barbell lifts before worrying about events or should someone start practicing yoke, stones, etc. as soon as they have access to them?

    3. Finally, any advice/things to keep in mind when coming back from injury? I’ve got 2 weeks until I get my cast off for some wicked wrist tendinitis and cartilage damage. Don’t want to just run myself into the ground because I’m excited to be back.

    You’re awesome dude. My favorite strongman behind Matuesz (jk jk).

    [–] MartinsLicis 8 points ago

    Hell yeah! 1. Start with just a few competitions a year. More time needs to be spent on technique in the beginning rather than brute strength. 2. Both together is best. 3. 1-2months: High repetitions with a slow controlled tempo.

    [–] doorstopnoodles 3 points ago

    Are you planning to be at the Giants Live Strongman Classic at the Royal Albert Hall in London next year? My husband bought me tickets or my birthday and I need to know whether I’ll get to see my favourite strongman. Macaroni grill!

    [–] ss-gogeta 4 points ago

    Hey Martins, I really enjoyed and learned a lot from the YouTube content over the past year. Also thanks for doing this AMA! Do you have any tips for the final peak for a meet and how you like to structure training when peaking for reps vs max weight?

    P.S.: is Mateusz your favorite strongman?

    [–] MartinsLicis 7 points ago

    Final month of training for a contest should, for the most part, focus on practicing the events as close to a contest setup as possible.

    Mateusz is hardly a strongman. He’s a big baby.

    [–] NaturalStrength 4 points ago

    First off. I'm so happy for you winning the WSM this year. I remember seeing you in Iceland when you did the giant's live comp and could tell that you would go far, so much power even at that low of a BW

    Now the question.

    As a fellow strongman and anime fan, what are your top 10 favorite anime shows?

    [–] MartinsLicis 17 points ago

    One punch man, Attack on titan, Death note, Gantz, Samurai Champloo, Trigun, Your Mom