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Strongwoman Leigh Holland-Keen


Name: Leigh Holland-Keen

Age: 29

Home: Home town - Dundee, Scotland - Currently living in Townsville, QLD

Occupation: Registered Nurse

Gym: Military gym and my own garage

Weight class: u65kg, u72kg                                                                                                                             

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Records: Currently have the record for weight for height in Highland games. Australian 18” deadlift record - 215kg

Titles: NSW Strongest Woman 2015, 2016, 2017. 3rd Worldwide in Static Monsters 2017

Favourite Lift/Event: Yoke/Farmers walk

Best strongman moment: Placing 3rd at the Worlds’ Most Powerful Woman <75kg competition held in Scotland, 2012. 

Worst strongman moment: Struggling with a bad case of gastro at the World Championships and placing 6th. 



What got you into Strongman and when? 

I started competing in Strongman in 2010, I watched both my parents compete for a few years and was itching to give it a go, after my first competition I was hooked. 

How did you decide that you want to compete in Strongman?

I’ve been in and out of the gym since the age of 16 and I’ve always enjoyed lifting heavy weights. I wanted a sport I could enjoy and something that would constantly challenge me, Strongman brings both.

How often and how long do you currently train?

I have 4 intense training sessions per week. Each session can take up to 2.5- 3hrs.

What does your competition day look like?

Every competition is different, generally 5 events per comp. I normally get up early, shower and watch training videos and listen to music to try and stay in the right mindset. A competition can take up to 6-7 hours so its important to stay focused.

How do you stay fuelled and energized during competitions?

I try to have oats for breakfast prior to competing, my stomach can be fairly nervy up until the end of the first event. I snack on bananas, lolly snakes and electrolyte drinks until the end. I listen to my music which keeps me motivated and energized.

What’s your favourite post comp food?

Oh my goodness, EVERYTHING! I normally have a huge steak with mash potatoes and like some amazing dessert - ice-cream, cheesecake etc.

Who are your role models and why?

I’ve been following the sport of Strongman for a while now, I always look up to the earlier strongmen/woman for inspiration. Athletes like Aneta Florczyk, Jill Mills and recenttly Nina Geria have always inspired me. I always watched Heini Koivuniemi videos as she was the first athlete I watched who competed against the bigger ladies and it gave me the courage to compete in the sport when no weight classes existed.

What advice would you give someone who wants to start Strongman?

Never think you are not strong enough to compete in this sport, everyone starts with lighter weights. The beauty of this sport is, you can stop, assess your progress and observe how far you have come, it is very satisfying. I believe its extremely important to keep a level head in this sport, stay humble and always encourage people - it promotes longevity in this tough sport.  

What are your plans and goals for the future in Strongman and generally?

My plan is to continue competing and with constant hard work earn my Pro card within the next few years.

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