Britain’s first Disabled Strongman visited the LIFT fitness studio when it opened in Crewkerne. Gary Clarke and the proprietor Hadyn Potts have been friends since they first met at Yeovil College. At the opening ceremony of the new fitness studio in South Street, Gary demonstrated a seated dead-lift with weights of 200 kilos. In 2015, Gary organised the UK’s first ever strongman competition for disabled competitors. It was inspired by his meeting with Arnar Mar Jonsson and Magnus ver Magnusson, at the World’s Strongest Disabled Man 2011 in Reykjavik, Iceland. Magnus ver Magnusson, described as a ‘legendary strength athlete’ is a world class power-lifter and has held the World’s Strongest Man title four times.

Magnus and Arnar gave Gary Clarke their blessing to bring the competition to the United Kingdom and refereed the first event of its kind, at the Northwood Stadium in Stoke-on-Trent in August 2015. Gary who has cerebral palsy doesn’t let his disability stop him from achieving his goals. His motto is “no excuses, no limits.” Gary is looking forward to hosting Britain’s Disabled Strongman 2017 in Kent on May 14th/15th.

A team of power-lifters from Crossfit in Yeovil, joined Gary and Hadyn at the opening day in Crewkerne. They demonstrated thrusters, pull-ups, dead-lifts, hang power cleans and push jerks. Hadyn Potts has taken over the building from Stav Martial Arts School, who will still hold their martial art classes in the fitness studio on Monday and Tuesday evenings. Personal trainer Hadyn Potts is offering a free consultation and taster sessions in power-lifting are available at the LIFT fitness studio throughout May. For more information, please email

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