Soon after that I decided that I was not healthy and I would start to get into better shape . I picked up a few new magazines and began reading them . I learned about the sport of strongman and everything that it entailed...it really intrigued me a lot . I bought an old combine tire and began flipping it on the weekends . I also made some thick bars that I could use to strengthen my grip . June of 2001 I entered my first strongman competition and placed 2 su 2 in my class . I almost won though . My 2nd contest was the North America\'s Strongest Man in Euless , Texas that October . Hannibal ( from the Discussion Boards ) spent countless hours helping me come up with a plan of attack for this contest and it really made a huge difference in my strength . I placed 2nd out of 6 in the 300lb weight class at a bodyweight of 280. I got a lot of looks from a lot of larger people there .