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Luke Stoltman

Competing at Europe’s Strongest Man 2024
Nickname The Highland Oak Date of birth 22/11/1984 Country Scotland Height 1.91m (6ft 3in) Weight 160kg (353lbs)
About Luke Stoltman

Life

Luke Stoltman is the 2021 Europe’s Strongest Man and is a four-time World’s Strongest Man finalist. The eldest of the Stoltman brothers – strongman’s most powerful siblings – his younger brother Tom was the 2021 and 2022 World’s Strongest Man. Luke was born in Invergordon in the Scottish Highlands and is known as the “Highland Oak.”

At 6’ 3” or 1.91m and 165kg/364lb, Luke is by no means the largest in his family, but he is the possessor of huge static strength, particularly in overhead pressing events. Married to Kushi Stoltman since 2016, Luke worked for much of his strongman career as a dimensional surveyor on oil rigs, but in recent times has become a full-time athlete.

Career

Luke began competing in strongman in 2013, contesting that year’s Britain’s Strongest Man in Gateshead, where he placed 9th out of 12 competitors. He also secured his first of 5 consecutive Scotland’s Strongest Man titles from 2013 – 2017. The following year he improved to 7th at BSM, in Doncaster and placed 6th in 2015.

A debut at World’s Strongest Man came for Stoltman in 2016, after a solid performance at Europe’s Strongest Man the previous year. Failing to qualify for the final after a 4th place finish in his heat, Luke gained invaluable experience and was able to place 4th at Britain’s Strongest Man in 2017. At World’s that year Luke was 3rd in his heat and would narrowly miss out on the final.

During this time in Stoltman’s career, although he was steadily improving his strength, it was not reflected in his contest results. In 2018 he again missed out on a World’s Strongest Man Final qualification and placed a disappointing 6th at BSM. Due to his offshore work, Luke was often unable to train properly for two-week blocks and this was hampering his development.

2019, and a move towards full-time training yielded a significant breakthrough for The Highland Oak as he successfully qualified for the WSM final, finishing 7th, in Bradenton, Florida, alongside his brother, Tom, who placed 5th. The pair were the first brothers to ever reach the final at WSM. At Britain’s that year, a contest where Luke has often struggled, he equalled his best placing of 4th.

2020 brought Luke’s first podium finish at BSM. He placed 3rd, behind brother, Tom and winner Adam Bishop (ENG). Disappointment at World’s was short-lived, however as 2021 proved to be Luke’s breakthrough year, despite being 36. Wins at Europe’s Strongest Man and the Giants Live World Tour Finals, in front of a Scottish crowd in Glasgow, were backed-up by another 7th place in the World’s Strongest Man final, whilst Tom lifted the winner’s trophy.

That same year, Luke established a British record in the log press, successfully completing a 221kg/487lb lift at WUS’s “Feats of Strength” showcase.

In 2022 Luke finished 7th, once again, at World’s and placed 2nd at Europe’s Strongest Man. Competing sparingly that year he returned to World’s in 2023 and took 8th in his 4th final.

Best Title

In 2021, at Leeds First Direct Arena, Luke won Europe’s Strongest Man, which is the best win of his career to date. He defeated World’s Strongest Man, Oleksii Novikov (UKR), and England’s Graham Hicks.

In 2019, Luke and brother Tom became the first brothers to ever compete in the World’s Strongest Man final. Luke finished 7th, whilst Tom placed 5th. They repeated the feat in 2021 and 2022, in Sacramento, California and again in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, in 2023.

Competition Results

  • World’s Strongest Man:
    • 2023 – 8th place
    • 2022, 2021 & 2019: 7th place
    • 2020 & 2016 – 4th in heat
    • 2018 & 2017 – 3rdin heat
  • Europe’s Strongest Man:
    • 2021 – Winner
    • 2022 – runner-up
    • 2019: 6th place
    • 2017 – 7th place
    • 2016 – 7th place
    • 2015 – 6th place
    • 2014 – 7th place
    • 2013 – 9th place
  • Britain’s Strongest Man:
    • 2022 – 10th place
    • 2021 – 4th place
    • 2020 – 3rd place
    • 2019 – 4th place
    • 2017 – 4th place
    • 2016 – 4th place
  • Arnold Strongman Classic:
    • 2022 – 3rd place
    • 2023 – 9th place
  • Rogue Invitational: 2021 – 8th place
  • Shaw Classic: 2023 – 13th place, 2022 – 15th place, 2020 – 7th place
  • Giants Live:
    • World Tour Finals: 2021 – Winner, 2023 – 5th place, 2019 – 4th place
    • Strongman Open: 2023 – 5th place
    • Strongman Classic: 2021 – 6th place, 2023 – 6th place
    •  Wembley 2019: 4th place
    • Arnold UK 2021: 9th place
    • Poland 2014: 9th place
  • World Log Lift Challenge: 2022 – Winner, 2022 (equal 1st with Iron Biby (BUR) with 218kg/481lb)
  • Scotland’s Strongest Man: Winner 2013-2017
  • Iceland’s Strongest Man 2019: 3rd place

Personal Best Lifts

Competition Lifts

  • Log lift: 221kg/487lb
  • Deadlift: 400kg/881lb
  • 18-inch Deadlift: 430kg/948lb
  • Hummer tyre deadlift: 422kg/930lb
  • Axle press: 170kg/375lb
  • Log lift: 221kg/487lb (British record – not in full competition)
  • Log lift for reps: 150kg/331lb x 9 reps in 60 secs
  • Squat: 370kg/816lb

Training lifts

  • Squat: 380kg/838lb
  • Bench press: 240kg/529lb
  • Log lift: 228.5kg/504lb

Present Day

Luke will be returning to the Giants Live stage at the World’s Strongest Nation 2023 event on 18th November at Liverpool’s M&S Bank Arena. Facing Team USA, he will be representing Great Britain along with his brother Tom.

Media

The Stoltman brothers have enjoyed increased media attention and have an ever-growing social media presence. Luke and his 300k of Instagram followers can be found on @luke.stoltman. Both Luke and Tom have also attracted over 200k subscribers on YouTube under the name of Stoltman Brothers. Their channel is hugely entertaining and follows their competition and training exploits, among other activities. On Facebook, Luke Stoltman – The Highland Oak is where fans can catch up with him.

Luke’s Giants Live World’s Strongest Man Arena Tour events and his performance at World’s Strongest Man will be televised on Channel 5 at Christmas.

Videos of Luke Stoltman

15:05

Did we just witness the HEAVIEST strongman competition of all time?!

Did we just witness the HEAVIEST strongman competition of all time?!
10:07

IRON BIBY | World Log Lift Champs (x2 Lifts at 230kg/507lb)

IRON BIBY | World Log Lift Champs (x2 Lifts at 230kg/507lb)
1:14:38

World’s Strongest Nation 2023: UK vs USA

World’s Strongest Nation 2023: UK vs USA
9:16

6 Giants join the 1000lb Deadlift club! (The referees view)

6 Giants join the 1000lb Deadlift club! (The referees view)
4:10

200kg/441lb Log Presses! | World Tour Finals 2023

200kg/441lb Log Presses! | World Tour Finals 2023
17:31

Did we just witness the most impressive WORLD RECORD of all time?

Did we just witness the most impressive WORLD RECORD of all time?
8:15

Conan’s Wheel pushes Strongmen to the LIMIT!

Conan’s Wheel pushes Strongmen to the LIMIT!
16:27

Road to 505 powered by Gymshark | EP 7 | The STRONGEST deadlifters on the planet

Road to 505 powered by Gymshark | EP 7 | The STRONGEST deadlifters on the planet
20:11

Road to 505 powered by Gymshark | EP 6 | BEHIND THE SCENES

Road to 505 powered by Gymshark | EP 6 | BEHIND THE SCENES
18:03

Strongman Classic 2023 – INSANE finish

Strongman Classic 2023 – INSANE finish
16:46

IRON BIBY broke AXLE PRESS World Record

IRON BIBY broke AXLE PRESS World Record
24.43

Arnold Strongman Classic UK 2021 – Events 1 & 2

Arnold Strongman Classic UK 2021 – Events 1 & 2
7:11

Eddie Hall Wins Historic LAST Title

Eddie Hall Wins Historic LAST Title
8:09

Tom Stoltman wins 1st Britain’s Strongest Man Title! 💪

Tom Stoltman wins 1st Britain’s Strongest Man Title! 💪
5:01

NEW! 1950lbs Power Stairs CHALLENGE! 💪

NEW! 1950lbs Power Stairs CHALLENGE! 💪
3:19

Incredible finish! 🏁 Strongmen GIANTS race at Europe’s Strongest Man!

Incredible finish! 🏁 Strongmen GIANTS race at Europe’s Strongest Man!
5:48

Photo finish for Europe’s Strongest Man 2022! 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🇺🇦

Photo finish for Europe’s Strongest Man 2022! 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🇺🇦
6:34

WOW! 2 World Records in 1 Event!

WOW! 2 World Records in 1 Event!
10:11

Tom Stoltman DESTROYS gym wall while training with Eddie Hall

Tom Stoltman DESTROYS gym wall while training with Eddie Hall
2:54

10 MUST FOLLOW Strongman Gym Rules for 2022!

10 MUST FOLLOW Strongman Gym Rules for 2022!
10:58

Incredible TRUE STORY behind Iron Biby’s World Record

Incredible TRUE STORY behind Iron Biby’s World Record
7:21

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

Can ANYONE beat 8 reps!? Deadlift MONSTERS attempt 350kg Axle
3:32

“Nice of you to let Luke win one” – Eddie Hall congratulates Luke and Tom Stoltman

“Nice of you to let Luke win one” – Eddie Hall congratulates Luke and Tom Stoltman
8:07

Stoltmans take on 150kg Log Press!

Stoltmans take on 150kg Log Press!
1:51

When they go against me, they’re going against the best in the world | Luke Stoltman

When they go against me, they’re going against the best in the world | Luke Stoltman
3:36

TOO CLOSE TO CALL! Car Carry SHOOTOUT in Scotland

TOO CLOSE TO CALL! Car Carry SHOOTOUT in Scotland
9:57

American GIANT sets new Nicol Stone WORLD RECORD! 🇺🇸

American GIANT sets new Nicol Stone WORLD RECORD! 🇺🇸
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!
18:45

Can Luke Stoltman win his first major gold trophy? | Europe’s Strongest Man 2021

Can Luke Stoltman win his first major gold trophy? | Europe’s Strongest Man 2021
2:27

How excited is Luke Stoltman for the first World Tour Finals in SCOTLAND?!

How excited is Luke Stoltman for the first World Tour Finals in SCOTLAND?!
1:50

The GIANTS are coming to GLASGOW!

The GIANTS are coming to GLASGOW!
3:35

Stoltman VS Lalas – AXLE DEADLIFT Europe’s Strongest Man 2021

Stoltman VS Lalas – AXLE DEADLIFT Europe’s Strongest Man 2021
3:22

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

STOLTMAN teaches Strongmen SCOTTISH! 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿
28:32

Luke Stoltman breaks down his Europe’s Strongest Man Victory

Luke Stoltman breaks down his Europe’s Strongest Man Victory
5:32

1000lbs CAR CARRY | Welsh Strongman COLAPSES! 😲

1000lbs CAR CARRY | Welsh Strongman COLAPSES! 😲
5:16

Luke Stoltman reveals how he won Europe’s with his champion mindset routine

Luke Stoltman reveals how he won Europe’s with his champion mindset routine
3:18

Stoltman vs Hixxy vs MAX LOG LIFT

Stoltman vs Hixxy vs MAX LOG LIFT
3:06

NEW LOG PRESS RECORD? – The GIANTS Answer!

NEW LOG PRESS RECORD? – The GIANTS Answer!
5:51

I’M NOT CRYING! 😭 Big Loz retires from Strongman in STYLE!

I’M NOT CRYING! 😭 Big Loz retires from Strongman in STYLE!

Frequently asked questions about Luke Stoltman

Who are the Stoltman Brothers?

Tom and Luke Stoltman 'The Stoltman Brothers' are known as the World's Strongest Brothers. Tom Stoltman is two times World's Strongest Man and Luke Stoltman is Europe's Strongest Man. Both brothers train together in their home town, Invergorden in Scotland.

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