The biography, life, and accomplishments of Tom Stoltman
Tom Stoltman is a Strongman athlete from Scotland that won the World’s Strongest Man (WSM) back-to-back in 2021 as well as 2022, which is the most prestigious title you can obtain in the sport, as it is to strongman what the Mr. Olympia is to bodybuilding. He also came in second at the 2023 World’s Strongest Man competition, right behind Canadian Mitchell Hooper.
Full Name: Tom Stoltman (Strongman)
|Weight||Height||Date Of Birth|
|380lbs||6’8″||May 30, 1994|
Tom Stoltman Biography
Born on May 30, 1994, in Invergordon, Scotland, Tom Stoltman was actually diagnosed with autism at only five years old. Because of this condition, Tom unfortunately went through a a difficult childhood and was bullied in school. Sadly, it got to the point where he even contemplated suicide.
In Feb. 2022, Tom had put up YouTube video on his channel opening up about his experiences growing up with autism. He had stated that a lot of people did not understand autism, especially those in the education system.
The worst experience Tom had was when his physical education teacher had told him he would “never.. be certain in life.” Due to his condition, Stoltman started secluding himself and sometimes went into hiding, staying away from the outside world.
Not many people were sure what to do, even when it came to meeting doctors for a diagnosis, Tom never really “acted up” during the visits. This made the doctors doubt if he even had autism, and as a result his mother ultimately had to record video evidence to show to the doctors.
Tom fortunately had a great support system in his elder brother, Luke, who is 2021 Europe’s Strongest Man winner and five-time Scotland’s Strongest Man champion. Luke actually was the one who initially got Tom into strongman training, but he had a rough time with it at first. According to Tom, the commotion of people everywhere and wall lining mirrors caused was a bit of a sensory overload, and caused a sense of paranoia in him. His condition had made him believe everyone was staring at him and talking about him.
Luke eventually introduced Tom to a clinical psychologist, Amy, who helped Tom overcome his mental challenges that sprouted from his condition. After starting counseling with Amy, Tom never looked back. He said that counseling had made him feel so empowered and confident in his abilities, and he had a gut feeling that he would win the 2021 World’s Strongest Man competition.
Well, Tom was right.
Tom Stoltman Competition History
Tom Stoltman has a very extensive competition history. Tom has competed all over the world, and has shown he is a force to be reckoned with in this sport.
Let’s take a look at all of Tom’s accomplishments.
World’s Strongest Man (WSM)
- 2017 WSM: Qualified
- 2019 WSM: Fifth place
- 2020 WSM: Second place
- 2021 WSM: First place
- 2022 WSM: First place
- 2023 WSM: Second Place
Arnold Strongman Classic
- 2022: Seventh place
Arnold Strongman Pro World Series
- 2021 UK: Tenth place
Europe’s Strongest Man
- 2019: Fourth place
World’s Ultimate Strongman (WUS)
- 2018: Eighth place
- 2019: Third place
- 2021: Fifth place
- 2018: Seventh place
- 2019 Wembley: Ninth place
- 2019 Finals: Eighth place
- 2021 Classic: Fifth place
- 2021 Finals: Second place
UK’s Strongest Man
- 2016: Fifth place
- 2017: Second place
Britain’s Strongest Man
- 2017: Sixth place
- 2018: Thirteenth place
- 2019: Third place
- 2020: Second place
- 2021: First place
- 2022: First place
Scotland’s Strongest Man
- 2015: Second-place
- 2016: Second-place
- 2017: Second-place
- 2018: First-place
- 2019: First-place
Iceland’s Strongest Man
- 2019: Second-place
Ultimate Strongman Junior World Championships
- 2016 — Fourth-place
Ultimate Strongman World Championships
- 2016 — Fourth-place
Strongman Champions League
- 2017 — Second-place
- 2021 — Second-place
With all of these competitions under his belt, Tom’s training regimen is something to match. While Luke has worked in an oil rig since he was 18, Tom’s full time job is this. He quite literally eats and trains for a living. Regardless, the Stoltman brothers both follow an intense training routine to prepare themselves for competitions.
Tom started training at 17, training will change for him based on his upcoming contests. In his earlier days of training, Tom trained a full seven days a week. However, now he takes the weekend off to allow his body time to recover properly.
Initially, the Stoltman brothers began training for strongmen without access to pretty much any specialized equipment, so they improvised. Luckily, they no longer have to do this as they have access to full gyms, so here is what their training regimens look like in the gym:
In one of the YouTube videos that you can find on their channel, the Stoltman brothers take their younger sibling, Harry, through a strongman workout. Given below is a training regimen that is great for those who have interest in training for strongman:
- Deficit Stiff-Legged Deadlift — 3 sets of 2 reps
- Deadlift — 3 sets of 2 reps
- Snatch Grip Barbell Row — 3 sets of 8 reps
- Seated Machine Row — 3 sets of 10 reps
- Superset: Machine Hip Thrust + Resistance Band Pull-Through — 2 sets of 8-20 reps
Well, when you are over 6 foot and almost 400 pounds your diet is going to be pretty nuts to maintain that. Now, when you’re a strongman on top of those stats, your diet is going to be even more insane.
Here is a glimpse into what Tom Stoltman eats every day:
- 8 Eggs
- Vegetables of choice (mushrooms on this day)
- Black coffee
- Risotto consisting of 400gm rice, 300gm chicken, and vegetables
- Cranberry juice
- 300gm Steakburger
- 400gm potatoes and cabbage with gravy
Tom Stoltman is still relatively in the early stages of his strongman career, but with everything he has done so far, the athlete looks very promising for the sport. Tom wants to go down as one of the greatest strongmen in history, so he can be an example for other people that have autism. He wants to show them that can achieve something no matter what.
Overall, Tom has done a lot within the sport so far, and has a long road ahead of him. While he was dethroned at the 2023 World’s Strongest Man, it is almost certain that he will be back to fight for the title.