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Adam Bishop

Nickname Bish Date of birth 07/01/1989 Country UK Height 1.91m (6ft 3in) Weight 145kg (320lbs)
About Adam Bishop

Life

Adam “Bish” Bishop is a 33-year-old, full-time professional strongman who is originally from Sawbridgeworth in Hertfordshire. Having played professional rugby at Saracens and dabbled in skeleton Bobsleigh, Bishop has achieved great success in his chosen sport, having won Britain’s Strongest Man and reached three World’s Strongest Man Finals.

At 6’ 3” (1.91m) tall and around 145kg (320lb), Adam is actually one of the smaller men in the world’s strongman elite. He has steadily increased his size each year after rising from the U105kg ranks in 2012 to establish himself as one of the best strength athletes in the world.

Bish has spent the majority of his career working as a strength and conditioning coach for Harlequins Rugby and only turned professional as a strongman in early 2021. As a competitor, Adam is best known for his speed and athleticism, but also his tremendous deadlifting ability, despite his relative lack of body mass.

Career

Bish’s strongman journey began during a free weekend at Loughborough University in 2010, where he was studying sports science. He was persuaded to give strongman a go by a local athlete and began in the U105kg class. Adam set himself the goal of competing at World’s Strongest Man within five years, a feat he duly accomplished in 2015, after a few years winning various domestic titles in the U105’s and transitioning into the open class.

In 2014, Bishop made his debut for Giants Live, at the Scandinavian Open, which was his first opportunity to pit himself against the world’s best strength athletes. The following year he made his WSM debut in Putrajaya, Malaysia, coming 5th in his heat. The following year he narrowly missed the WSM final, placing 3rd in his heat. That same year he came 4th at Britain’s Strongest Man and was beginning to establish himself as a legitimate contender.

In 2017 Bishop sustained a biceps injury which derailed his season, but he returned the following year to claim his first podium finish at Giants Live, at the World Tour Finals, in Manchester. At World’s in Manila, he again missed the final by one place in his heat, but successfully qualified a year later, in Bradenton, Florida, finishing 9th. At Britain’s Strongest Man he made the podium for the first time, finishing 2nd behind Graham Hicks.

2020 was a big year for Adam: he won his first British title in Sheffield, defeating Tom Stoltman and achieved his best finish at WSM to date: 6th place in the grand final. At Europe’s Strongest Man he was pipped at the post by Luke Richardson after slipping in the Atlas Stones and had to settle for 2nd. He made the WSM final again in 2021, placing 8th but lost his British title to 2021 World’s Strongest Man, Tom Stoltman.

Best Title

Bishop won Britain’s strongest Man in 2020, having finished runner-up to Graham Hicks (ENG) the previous year. In taking the title he finished ahead of brothers Tom and Luke Stoltman of Scotland.

Competition Results

  • World’s Strongest Man:
    • Finalist in 2019 (9th place), 2020 (6th place) and 2021 (8th place)
    • Qualified in 2015, 2016, 2018
  • Europe’s Strongest Man:
    • Runner-up, 2020
  • Britain’s Strongest Man:
    • Winner 2020,
    • Runner-up 2019 & 2021
    • 3rd place 2022
  • Giants Live:
    • 2018 World Tour Finals, 3rd
    • 2021 World Open, 2nd
  • U105kg:
    • 2011 winner UK’s Strongest U105kg

Personal Best Lifts

Competition Lifts

  • Deadlift: 453.5kg/1,000lb
  • Hummer tyre deadlift: 490kg/1,080lb
  • 18-inch deadlift: 509kg/1122lb
  • Log lift: 190kg/419lb
  • Axle press: 180kg/397lb
  • 400kg (882lb) Frame carry: 8.28 seconds (world record)

Training lifts

  • Behind neck jerk: 210kg/463lb
  • Stiff bar deadlift 405kg/893lb x 1, 400kg/882lb x 2

Present Day

Bishop continues to compete at the highest level and is one of a trio of top British strongman who are capable of winning major titles. Bish will also be mounting a challenge on the world deadlift record at the Giants Live Open & World Deadlift Championship in Cardiff later this year. In 2021 he successfully joined the 1,000lb club, completing a comfortable lift at 453.5kg and moved 475kg/1047lb well off the floor. Is Bish really capable of 505kg/1,113lb? Time will tell.

Domestically, Adam’s Britain’s Strongest Man rivalry with The Albatros, Tom Stoltman, also looks set to continue, despite Stoltman retaining his title in 2022 and Bishop slipping to 3rd place, behind Ireland’s Pa O’Dwyer.

Media

Adam can be found on Instagram where he posts details of his training and competitions.  @adambishopstrongman has attracted 88k followers. Bishop is also active on YouTube under the channel name: Adam Bishop Strongman.

Channel 5 will be televising the 2022 season during the Christmas period, including the World’s Strongest Man heats and final, and the Giants Live World’s Strongest Man Arena Tour events, many of which will feature Bishop.

Videos of Adam Bishop

1:48

200KG Shield Carry WORLD RECORD | 360° VR

200KG Shield Carry WORLD RECORD | 360° VR
2:35

200kg/440lbs Shield Carry WORLD RECORD!

200kg/440lbs Shield Carry WORLD RECORD!
7:12

155kg/340lbs Axle Press for REPS!

155kg/340lbs Axle Press for REPS!
8:06

Final STONES SHOWDOWN! Britain’s Strongest Man 2022

Final STONES SHOWDOWN! Britain’s Strongest Man 2022
2:55

Adam Bishop INCREDIBLE 360kg/800lbs deadlift for reps at Britain’s Strongest Man!

Adam Bishop INCREDIBLE 360kg/800lbs deadlift for reps at Britain’s Strongest Man!
8:37

New GIANT Castle Stone causes upset!

New GIANT Castle Stone causes upset!
6:34

WOW! 2 World Records in 1 Event!

WOW! 2 World Records in 1 Event!
6:07

MEXICAN GIANT fights with 300kg ANCHOR!

MEXICAN GIANT fights with 300kg ANCHOR!
4:28

SIMPLY ”Greatest Deadlift Contest Ever”

SIMPLY ”Greatest Deadlift Contest Ever”
20:50

NEW BRITISH RECORD! Hixxy Vs Page at the 2020 World Log Championships

NEW BRITISH RECORD! Hixxy Vs Page at the 2020 World Log Championships
7:21

Can ANYONE beat 8 reps!? Deadlift MONSTERS attempt 350kg Axle

Can ANYONE beat 8 reps!? Deadlift MONSTERS attempt 350kg Axle
12:27

I’m the champ, they’ve got to come through me if they want to win!

I’m the champ, they’ve got to come through me if they want to win!
7:07

INSANE World Tour Finals FINALE! 😲 One Slip and it’s all over!

INSANE World Tour Finals FINALE! 😲 One Slip and it’s all over!
3:22

STOLTMAN teaches Strongmen SCOTTISH! 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿

STOLTMAN teaches Strongmen SCOTTISH! 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿
3:06

NEW LOG PRESS RECORD? – The GIANTS Answer!

NEW LOG PRESS RECORD? – The GIANTS Answer!
6:08

Giants VIKING PRESS dogfight!

Giants VIKING PRESS dogfight!
6:13

TAKE THE PAIN! GIANTS take on 30kg Hammer!

TAKE THE PAIN! GIANTS take on 30kg Hammer!
3:07

Giants Carry & Drag close finish! BISH BASH BOSH!

Giants Carry & Drag close finish! BISH BASH BOSH!
2:54

Castle Stones SHOWDOWN at Giants WORLD OPEN

Castle Stones SHOWDOWN at Giants WORLD OPEN
6:53

6 Giants DEADLIFT 1000lbs!

6 Giants DEADLIFT 1000lbs!
3:44

Is 505KG Possible? – The GIANTS Answer!

Is 505KG Possible? – The GIANTS Answer!
3:02

These GIANTS are CRAZY STRONG! 😲 Strongman Classic TRAIN AXLE DEADLIFT!

These GIANTS are CRAZY STRONG! 😲 Strongman Classic TRAIN AXLE DEADLIFT!
3:02

SO CLOSE! World’s Strongest Man NEARLY beats WORLD RECORD FRAME!

SO CLOSE! World’s Strongest Man NEARLY beats WORLD RECORD FRAME!
25:24

New WORLD RECORD?? Britain’s Strongest Man’s final prep for HISTORIC Strongman Show! 🔥🔥

New WORLD RECORD?? Britain’s Strongest Man’s final prep for HISTORIC Strongman Show! 🔥🔥
22.15

STRONGMEN vs RUGBY! London Irish take on THE GIANTS!

STRONGMEN vs RUGBY! London Irish take on THE GIANTS!
1:29:01

World Deadlift Championships 2016

World Deadlift Championships 2016
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