Niles’ Stout puts Strongman to the test

Richard Stout redefines the word strong. The Niles resident recently finished 4th in the strong man world championships earlier this month. But he’s looking for an even bigger finish in his next competition.

Lifting a two-hundred pound log press and a 15 gallon keg, aren’t your average gym workout. But it’s all in a days work for strongman Richard Stout.

“Everything here is different,” says Stout. “What you do this week, you’re not doing next week. You’re doing something different. So, you’re always keeping yourself guessing. It’s always fun to try and do it better than you did the week before.”

That mentality has served Stout well in his rise to the top of the American Strongman class, and a fourth place finish at the World Championships in Columbus.

“I want to get back now because I know what it takes, and train harder this year. Hopefully be able to come home World’s strongest man, light weight class.”

And Stout has devoted himself to that goal ever since; Two and a half hours a day, and up to four days a week.

“You just have to practice all the events,” explains Stout. “You have to be well rounded in everything you do. The biggest thing is not overtraining. You want to go hard every time you are here, but there is a lot of strain and stress on your body doing strong man events, so you really have to pace yourself.”

That’s easier said than done for Stout, who has certainly lived up to his name at Team BSS and gyms around the area.

“It’s definitely a positive thing, that it’s on a world level too, not just a local level or a national level,” says BSS Team owner, Shawn Schumaker. “So that brings a little more attention to our gym from all over the country.”

“I’ve seen a lot of growth from when I first started and only a couple gyms had equipment,” continues Stout. “Now, you’re seeing it grow all over the place. There’s places in Canfield, here in Boardman, Niles, Austintown. So, it’s starting to grow, and I’d love to stay around the sport.”

Needless to say, no bar is too high in the days to come.

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