I knew the first time that I saw Strongman Adam Scherr, that he reminded me of someone.
It wasn’t until I was reading Jack and the Beanstalk to Harry my 5 year old son, that it dawned on me.
Adam is a GIANT of a man and it looks like he will also be a GIANT success in the sport of Strongman. Don’t worry though…he seems to be a Big Friendly Giant BFG…..
Phil Burgess: How did you get into the world of strongman, what was the path that led you there?
Adam Scherr: I met Brad Dunn and David Hansen working at a night club and they asked me if I wanted to give strongman a try.
I went out one day to train and fell in love with it…
Phil Burgess: Did you honestly believe at the start of the comp that you could win it? And what did it mean to win the title? What was the best thing about winning?
Adam Scherr: Yes I went in without a doubt that if I did what I was supposed to do, that there was no-one that could stop me from showing the world, that I have what it takes to compete with the best.
Phil Burgess: What do you think you need to improve the most on to win the biggest strongman competitions in the world?
Adam Scherr: Mainly bringing my over-head lifts up.
Phil Burgess: What do you think is the most prestigious event on the Strongman calendar, The Arnold Strongman Classic, or the Worlds Strongest Man?
Adam Scherr: That’s a hard question to answer, they are both awesome shows.
If I had to pick it would be the Arnold because its the heaviest show on the planet and has the biggest pay out for winning.
Phil Burgess: How do you train? Do you mostly do gym work, or do you train mostly the strength events?
Adam Scherr: I spend around three hours a day doing my gym training and on the weekends I spend 8-10 hours working events.
Phil Burgess: At 6ft 8 you are the same height as Brian Shaw, have you ever met Brian and if so what was it like? And did anyone think you might be twins ?
Adam Scherr: I have met Brian Shaw a few times now, he is a great person and always has encouraging things to say.
He is also a very humble man with all the amazing accomplishments he has achieved in the strongman world.
If I cut my hair and shaved my beard maybe people would think we were twins who knows…?
Phil Burgess: Who do you respect the most in the sport of strongman, and who has helped you the most?
Adam Scherr: Mike Jenkins has helped me out with insight on training.
I have to thank Corey Belden who has helped me out, as he owns most of the equipment I train with and he has helped me alot by letting me borrow equipment to use. He has also provided insight on training and technique.
Phil Burgess: Describe briefly where you train?
Adam Scherr: I train at a small gym in Denver, North Carolina called “Iron Physique”. The owner Mike Keever has been in business for nearly 30 years.
It is an awesome old school gym just like you would see in Arnold’s movie Pumping Iron.
Phil Burgess: Where do you live? And whats the attraction the town has to offer?
Adam Scherr: I live in a small town called Sherrill’s Ford, North Carolina.
The town sits on Lake Norman one of the largest man-made lakes in the USA, with almost 700 miles of shore line.
Phil Burgess: What are your best lifts in the gym?
Adam Scherr: I have around a 550lb raw bench, and I am inching ever closer to hitting a raw 900lb deadlift. My best to date is 885lb.
I also have done a 700lbs squat and a 400lb over-head press.
Phil Burgess: Whats the funniest thing / stupidist thing you’ve done in a comp?
Adam Scherr: Twice now I have tried to take my shirt off and throw it to the crowd after loading stones.
Both times my shirt has whooped my ass trying to get it off, then to make things worse, when I tried to throw it I couldn’t get it out of my hands because of my tacky……:)