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Strongest men compete in Hot Springs

Travis Ortmayer can call himself one of the strongest men in America. He won the American Strongman Competition in Hot Springs Saturday, and moves on to the finals next month in Las Vegas.

Travis Ortmayer can call himself one of the strongest men in America. He won the American Strongman Competition in Hot Springs Saturday, and moves on to the finals next month in Las Vegas.

For the first time, the Strongest Man National Championships came to Arkansas Landing in Hot Springs.

"They'll be doing atlas stones. Today, they'll be doing lifting up cars. They'll be lifting up car axels overhead," says Mike Johnston.

You know, a normal day at the office.

"It's just like what they see on television, but it's a little bit faster. It's a little bit louder, right there in your face," Johnston added.

Logan Roach and his dad think it's pretty cool.

"To find out who the strongest man is in the world, it's the oldest challenge in the world and I've always been fascinated by it. I've always wanted to do it," says Keith Roach.

Brad Dunn does it, and he's from Ozark in Franklin County.

"To put on a great show and come away with a victory, that's one of those things you'd never forget," says Brad Dunn.

Dunn says the training is hardcore, especially when you're holding down a day job.

"We have stones we either make or buy, and we have the logs and the axels and, you know, we push and pull trucks and things like that," he adds.

Travis Ortmayer is one of the world's top strongmen.

"Only one I'm gonna be missing is Antarctica, and I don't think they'll be having a competition there any time soon. It's great I get paid to workout all over the world," says Ortmayer.

And, he got into it by accident.

His advice for his young fans?

"It's awesome if he wants to be a Strongman competitor. Little kids are basically what this sport's about."

But, this isn't something logan will be picking up anytime soon.

"I don't want to strain my back," Travis says.

A lot of these guys are personal trainers who own gyms.

The American Strongman Corporation hopes to bring the competition back to Hot Springs. They really liked the city.

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