Opened in August 2006, we are an independent gym that aim to give access to people who for many reasons don’t take regular exercise. We are not part of the “health club” culture that stormed the UK – our gym is individual and, unlike corporate health clubs, we treat our customers as individuals. We aim to get you results, whether you want to lose weight, improve your general fitness or build muscle. We are a very friendly gym and are proud of our comfortable and easygoing atmosphere. We have a wealth of experience to help you achieve your goals and maintain them.
The founder/owner (as well as being a massively-built-like-a-mack-truck brutish musclebear), Steve Winters, has also created a reality-web series on their site called Ministry Of Muscle TV. Here’s a sample video where we get to see the massive and shirtless Jay Hughes.
Warning: NSFW video intro
It’s a fantastic series and we get an intimate look at what these mythical strongmen do to prepare themselves for various strength athletics competition. Definitely check them out.
Jay Hughes is also one of Ministry Of Muscle’s stable of strongmen models who’s available for film, TV, and photography: Ministry Of Muscle Models site.
These are but a few screenshots from the web-series. Check out the bearmythology Flickr Photostream for more images of this handsome brute. (Then check out the current whole Ministry Of Muscle set here.)
And as an added bonus, here are Jay Hughes and Rob Hughes (are they related?) showing off their bellies…
That big brute you’re seeing is Serbia’s own, strongman Ervin Katona. Just like Travis Ortmayer, I also did not notice him before, but that photo above made my eyes dilate from seeing such pure, unadulterated handsomeness. So I did my own investigation on this beautiful behemoth…
Here’s a video of this massive guy (you see him for the first minute):
And here be even more photographic evidence of this man’s spectacular physique…
While searching for Travis Ortmayer photos on the web, I’ve stumbled upon this photo and the accompanying article:
The original article is located here and the Google (semi-) translated version here:
Assist each penisami
It is not located in the head. American strongmani embrace najohydniejszych ways to defeat our champion Mariusz Pudzianowski (31 l.). One of them, Travis Ortmayer (27 l.), during the recent world championships, even took a Viagra, to keep balls thrown in his platform … penis.
For many, and so he did not help. Ortmayer, as did four other American wrestler, had to recognize the superiority of the Polish “Dominator”. Bullets are usually the last competition event. There are five, each heavier than the previous one, and the latter weighs 200 kg. Pudzianowski never have problems with their loading, but as you can see – you need some help, even in such embarrassing manner.
– Viagra is a very popular measure to take the tablets by a group of players. But the truth is that it … give nothing – tell us anonymously person closely connected with the environment strongmanow.
For Ortmayer it was not a “debut” a few times before trying a similar trick.
– But it must be further developed, because bullets still make him a lot of problems – mocking our informant.
It’s fascinating to see how people would say whatever it takes to prove that “The Other Side” is underhanded and “evil.” Competitive sports tend to bring the worst in people, especially from the fans. The above article is from an actual news website in Poland. I thought that it was some kind of “humor” site, but upon closer inspection, it wasn’t. However, in their defense, that photograph appears to be a scan from a tabloid. Either way, the butchered English translation say otherwise: they’re angry at the American strongmen for cheating which caused Mariusz Pudzianowski to lose.
But, Viagra? Oh, come on!
And let me dispel something. That image was cleverly manipulated. Not by Photoshop, but by deliberately concealing something. Check out this video (especially the first instance of it at the :15 second mark) and the following screenshot from it.
Basically, Mr. Ortmayer was using (legally) “Tacky” — which is a sticky pine resin that is allowed by the rules and should be applied to the forearms and chest (if the competitor is not wearing a shirt) [from WannaBeBig.com]. The Tacky from the stones would then stick to his shorts. However, our intrepid news reporters felt that it was actually Travis’ elongated member that helped him win the event.
Anyway, all that info just to segue for more screenshots of a shirtless Travis Ortmayer practicing with the Atlas Stones…
Lol, I know. I’m no different from those sneaky Polish news reporters… -_^
Travis Ortmayer is an American Professional Strongman from Texas who has been nicknamed the “Texas Stoneman” due to his dominance and expertise in the Atlas Stone strength events [Wikipedia].
His massive physique reminds me of Britain’s Terry Hollands. I’ve seen him before but I paid closer attention this time out as he has gotten thicker and bulkier during the 2009 Arnold Strongman Classic.
I know, I know… ^_^
Here are some videos from that event:
I know, the screenshots are blurry, but hey, I did the best I could… Anyway, here are a couple of clear videos:
This is the longer version/different angle of the previous video:
Mr. Malcolm Lutu is a Hawaii strongman who is currently the Vice President of SHOPO (State of Hawaii Organization of Police Officers).
I finally found my old video recording of a Malcolm Lutu interview from a variety show called, Hawaiian Moving Company. I don’t quite remember what year this was shown, but I’m guessing it was around the early 2000.
Gay Bear Fighter Hello, Mr. Korean Time-Traveling Warrior. I’m a gay bear and I–
Korean Time-Traveling Warrior 당신이 떠나 곰이 동성애!
(Translation: You leave gay bear!)
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It’s been a scorching summer so far and I’ve had my share of heated debates with the same arguments I’ve been repeating ever since I started this blog. I’ve decided to put my rant on such matters on today’s Thank Grizzly It’s Friday.
To your left is my “Disclaimer” for posting images/videos of men I personally find attractive.
How many websites are out there where straight girls/women and boys/men who would have a similar type of a disclaimer for their blog/site?
I’d wager zero to completely none.
Why? Because they’re heterosexuals. They’re “straight” while the rest are “queer.”
Queers can be attracted to the same sex; however, they shouldn’t let their attractions be known.
You have two bloggers who are basically apologizing for finding such men attractive.
I can’t help but feel like a criminal and Scouserugger and I shouldn’t be treated as one. Yet we receive angry complaints about doing what we’re doing.
I still cannot comprehend where the animosity and disgust is coming from. Maybe if I pretended I was a female in the first place, then maybe no one would be complaining. Because, honestly, the men would then be flattered. But I have to be a hot female first though, because if I posted a fake photo of a mediocre-to-ugly looking gal, then they wouldn’t be flattered. But since they are still females, they wouldn’t be creeped out by such public showing of attraction.
I quite regularly get messages from them and as a whole most are very decent. You do get the odd one or two that push the limit a little by being a bit crude but that’s the same in all people not just gay guys!
I think people are way too sensitive to this sort of stuff, just take it as a compliment! They understand you aren’t gay. The way I look at it if a very unattractive woman thought you was nice looking would it bother you? if not then don’t worry about this! Just cause they think you’re attractive doesn’t mean you have to do anything about it!!
I have blocked a couple on Facebook due to VERY inappropriate messages but like I said as a whole they are decent guys.
Yes, we are just like any kind of people. We can be nice, obnoxious, generous, selfish, loving, and hateful. We’re not aliens, for crying out loud. And, please, don’t make grandiose statements that “gay bears are the worse” in comparison to something a straight woman, bisexual chick, or female dog would do. It’s like saying that all black people like chicken. Well then, also call me black.
Enough of today’s rant. It’s another scorching Friday afternoon and I’d rather look at hot men. 😛
So, my dearest gentlemen of the big and burly variety… May we have your permission to find you attractive?
I’ve been going through the blog’s comments and missed out on Matt updating us about strongman, Terry Hollands, being a model for Big Tall Order. I quickly went to the website and guess which links I clicked on first? That’s right. “Trousers” and “Underwear.” Unfortunately, there were no husky models for those links and I hope I can convince you guys to email the proprietors and demand them that we need to see Terry Hollands modeling in trousers and underwear, because — goshdangit! — we need to, uh, make informed decisions when making our purchases… Yeah, that’s it… ;P
And here are just a few more of Terry Hollands awesome modeling photos…
I haven’t seen Don Pope in any strongman competitions lately, but he’s definitely a fine specimen of a musclebear. He may not be “filled up” for my tastes but you just gotta fall in love with that handsome face. He could pass for a brother of any of the Shane Twins.
And on this Shirtless Saturday, here we have the pretty-faced brute in all of his magnificent shirtless glory…
Musclebear Heinz Ollesch won the poll when he was pitted against musclechub Phil Martin. I mentioned in the Woofy Winner Wednesday result that I was currently 0-for-3, so that meant that I would have voted for Mr. Phil Martin.
My body preference tend to lean towards the husky/chubbier types which was why I would have chosen Mr. Martin over the German Beast, Mr. Ollesch. However, Heinz is definitely a magnificent specimen and I’m not completely discounting him. I love Phil Martin a bit more because he is just so huggable! Also, I am completely attracted to his handsome face. Heinz has this brutish look while Phil has this approachable yet intimidating look that I just go nuts for. He also reminds me of this daddy bear actor, Bill Smitrovich:
The race started out really close, but Heinz Ollesch eventually got the lead — based on emails, comments, and poll (76-96). You guys have “woofen” loud and clear, so here are more photos of your favorite strongman musclebear…
And, gawrsh, I’m like 0-for-3 on these weekly polls! 😛
This great photo and many others are from this site
Today’s Two Woofy Tuesday theme is “Strongest Men.” It completely pains me to pit two spectacularly handsome strongmen together, but I am a cruel and unjust blogger. So, today, I pose this most difficult question: “Do you pick the strongman musclechub, Phil Martin, or the strongman musclebear, Heinz Ollesch?”
You guys might have noticed my little “bearish” poll on the bottom right column of this blog. One of the descriptions there is the vaguely-worded “Fantasy.” If you were wondering what it meant, the following photo set of the beefy Boris Haraldsson in his Viking apparel will perfectly capture the very definition of “Fantasy”…
More importantly, the very concept of Bear Mythology is exactly about spectacularly mythic images of bearish masculinity such as these…
I just want to give a big THANK YOU and a virtual big bear hugs to Iceland’s Strongest Man, Boris Haraldsson. Thank you for your honesty and time for explaining things to your gay fans — even though we did not deserve it at all. Also, I would like to make my peace to your friend. She was only looking after your best interest and I do respect that.
Mr. Haraldsson, thank you very much. You truly are a World’s Strongest Man.
More importantly, I can finally post more photos of Boris! 🙂 Do you guys and gals know how badly I’ve been meaning to post this wonderful and cute photo? A very long time. Anyway, what better way to end a bitter past and renew a much better present with this?
[EDIT: I have cut and pasted Mr. Haraldsson’s comments about the whole “Incident” (yeah, I’m calling it that) in this post…]
hey guys, my friend pointed this discussion out to me but i see it´s quite old so maybe no one will read my reply but here goes.
i put my facebook page up for my fans or anyone interested in contacting me so i usually accept all friend requests unless the profile picture is out of order. . . that goes for men and women
i´m not homofobic at all and i´m glad i have (or had) such a huge group of gay fans. . . i´ve had a lot of good conversations with some gay guys and helped a few of them out with their training and their diet.
i had no idea there was such a thing as a group of guys that called themselves bearhunters until few months ago and thought it was quite amusing (no offence)
i told my friend about this (the one that sent you the e-mail) and she told me that she had seen my picture on this blog/website and that was the reason for all the bearhunters adding me on facebook.
then she told me that she was going to send an e-mail to the administrator about taking my photo down and i told her that she didn´t have to but she insisted. . . i didn´t want to argue with her and i also thought it was quite cute that she was looking out for me.
and there´s no reason to be rude to her. . . she was just trying to look out for me and she´s a really nice person so please be nice.
the e-mails she´s referring to are messages sent to me on facebook and i´ve had quite a few that were just really rude and the guys just wouldn´t take no for an answer. . . which at the time was pretty frustrating since i was getting a ton of them. . . in those cases i deleted the guys from my friends account.
and here are answers to some of your questions.
you´re not the cause of all this by releasing my full name. . . i´ve been on international tv several times so a bunch of people know my name.
i don´t deny friend requests unless the profile pic is not suitable. . . like a faceless picture of a guy holding his crotch. . . sorry, i just don´t think it´s appropriate
the women that have messaged me and offered to suck my off have taken no for an answer. . . and most of the guys too.
i´ve never made it to the finals at wsm but thanks for rubbing my nose in it (kidding)
and i am glad i have a following, gay or straight. . . that´s the reason i put that facebook page up in the first place (i did, not her). . . and i don´t think it´s cheesy at all (but to each his own i guess), it´s good for people that want to contact me and for me to contact other people.
about my gay posing on facebook, humping kevin nee and all that. . . i uploaded most of those pictures myself. . . would i do that if i was severly homofobic or even be posing in the first place?
i would never get a lawyer because of a silly thing like that. . . if you really want to have the video up there it´s fine with me
and my real name is kristinn oskar haraldsson which is quite funny because in every other country in the world it´s a girls name but in iceland the girls name has one “n” at the end but the boys has two
the boris name is because of an incident that happened in 1996 while i was in the coast guard. . . long story so i´m not gonna get into it but it wasn´t because i wanted something more butch. . . and it´s actually quite good for me and others cause it´s virtually impossible for foreigners to pronounce my real name correctly
hey man, i´m sorry if i reacted badly to your question about if i was gay or not (must have been a bad day)
but for a while the messages were piling in from gay guys (which was cool). . . but like i said, some of them were just really rude and i was a bit frustrated at a certain point.
and to the spelling champion. . . i´m from iceland so i´m guessing there´s a few type-o´s
so to sum it up:
i´m not gay but i have nothing against gay guys. . . except the really rude ones but that doesn´t just concern gay guys, i just don´t like rude people.
this whole thing has been blown way out of proportion and i´m sorry if someone got offended.
my friend that sent you the e-mail is a cool chick so please lay off the name calling and all
i hope we´re all cool and you guys can put this whole thing behind you
you can add me on facebook and check out my pictures there if you like. . . got some viking shots and other stuff that people find really interesting (especially my gay fb friends)
thanks so much everyone and i hope you´ll be understanding
Former Britain’s Strongest Man (1999, 2000 & 2001) and powerlifter, Glenn Ross, is a definite perennial favorite of mine. Like Phil Martin, not only is he a sight to behold, but he’s also a showman who knows how to pump up the crowd. Take that video clip (courtesy of the awesome D.T.), for example. He makes the sport even more exciting by involving the spectators and fans. Athletes who are best remembered, whether successful or not at their particular sport, tend to be the ones who are exactly like Glenn Ross. Their love for the sport and a winning personality are qualities that eventually make them popular and stand out to fans and non-fans alike.
I am particularly fond of the following photos of Glenn Ross in a business suit. I just love how his long-sleeved shirt is tucked in, exposing his well-defined belly. There’s just something utterly delectable about it.
D.T. has also unearthed another strongman musclechub who I have not heard of before. His name is Dale Norris and here he is posing with the Big Daddy himself…
Bassbassboomboom (love that name), the owner of the Real_Thick Yahoo Group, has a fantastic YouTube page filled with all manners of brutes, beasts, oxes, behemoths, and other mythic ginormous giants. There’s not a lot of videos yet as he had just started. Anyway, he had just uploaded a short Heinz Ollesch video clip that loops on for about a minute. This man definitely knows what I want to see. And if YouTube one day adds a “loop” feature, I would always have to thank guys like Bassbassboomboom for knowing exactly what I want to ogle at — with no interruptions (hey, I’m quick). -_^
FUN FACT: Heinz Ollesch appears as a musclebound bad guy in Tony Jaa’s Tom Yum Goong (The Protector). Heinz throws an elephant as though it was a pillow. See for yourself…
Anyway, here are some oldies but goodies photos of the massive Heinz Ollesch…