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Matthew Selves

Name: Matt Selves

Age: 32

Home: Wollongong

Occupation: Sydney Trains

Gym: PTC Macarthur and I have a home gym I train in

Weight class: Opens                                                                                                       

Personal bests :






450kg (20m)



 150kg (per hand)


Records: No

Titles: Arnold Classic Amateur Strongman Open Mens Winner 2018, Arnold Classic Pro Strongman Competitor 2019

Favourite Lift/s: Monster Dumbbell and Log

Best Strongman moment: Qualifying and competing in the Arnold Classic Pro Strongman show 2019

Worst Strongman moment: Passing out in the carrying event at ASM 2017 


What got you into Strongman and when? Started in 2012 through a friend of mine. I really wanted something different to do, so I met with a few friends and gave it a go

How did you decide that you want to compete in Strongman? As soon as I started, I fell in love with the sport and wanted to pursue it further.

How often and how long do you currently train? Four days a week for roughly 2-3 hours each session

What does your competition day look like? I have a good dinner the night before then start with a good breakfast – this gives me a good chance to focus myself and get into a good mindset. Once I’m there, I set myself up for the day, keep focused and listen to my coach.

What strategies do you use to get into the right frame of mind for a heavy lift? Headphones in, music on and eyes on the prize

How do you stay fuelled and energized during competitions? Peanut butter and honey sandwiches, bananas, Gatorade, BCAAs, lollies for quick sugar intake and a good meal which usually consists of lean meat, rice and veggies.

What’s your favourite post comp food? A good burger or schnitty, with a couple of celebratory beers.

Who are your role models and why? If I had to choose one, it would be Graham Hicks – his achievements are truly inspiring.

There are so many inspirational athletes in the sport, so I aspire to be the best version of myself. I try not to compare myself to others, but instead work hard to do the best I can.

What advice would you give someone who wants to start Strongman? Get in there and give it a go. Everyone is there to help and support.

What are your plans and goals for the future in Strongman and generally? Next on the list is Australia’s Strongest Man 2019 – after that, I’ll re-assess my next steps.

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