I competed in the under 200 lbs class in 2009 and 2010, and then made the jump to the “lightweight” class, which is 201-231 lbs in Strongman. They have both been at World’s Strongest Man for something like a decade, and they were the first ones to support Joey and me in our relationship. We met in August in 2014, starting dating officially in September, and I came out publicly October 20, 2014. I’m known for my log press—I’m one of the only pros who does a log split jerk. Rob Kearney's Lower Body Strongman Session Safety Bar Box Squat. It’s definitely elevated my professionalism here at the school. An interview with Rob Kearney, the first out gay pro Strongman. The Royal Albert Hall, London - 05 Jun 2021. Rob: I want to put out a plug for gay athletes to get involved in Strongman. I got a chance to chat with him over Skype on Jan 4, 2019 about his fitness journey, coming out, and what it’s like to be a pioneer in Strongman. When I was a senior in high school working out in the HS gym, a substitute teacher who walked by noticed that I was decently strong so he offered to train me for free at his gym each morning before school. So I went and competed in my first Strongman competition at 17 years old, on about two hours of sleep.
I found out quickly that I was pretty horrible at the Crossfit workouts but really good at the strength movements. I’m really treating myself like a professional athlete, instead of just a guy who does Strongman and travels around the world. I have a bachelors and a masters in sports training and athletic medicine and currently I am the director of sports medicine and head athletic trainer at a boarding school in Massachusetts. What started as a hobby turned into a serious endeavour when in 2013 Rob won the Strongman Corporation Nationals’ Amateur National Championship, earning him his pro-card. Professional weightlifter Rob Kearney celebrated his first place win at the 2019 Arnold Pro Strongman contest in Australia by tying the knot with his longtime boyfriend, Joey Aleixo. But ever since then I was complete hooked. Friday nights I always schedule for Ru Paul’s Drag Race. Of course there were the assholes that came after me, people saying “oh, you’re gay, you can’t be a Strongman,” but it was mostly from people who were new to the sport, and they didn’t understand the culture. Rob: I fond Strongman through Crossfit. Going into 2019, I completely revamped everything, hired Derek Poundstone as my strength coach, hired a nutrition coach, and I’m getting weekly massages and other bodywork done. Every weekend, somewhere in the US, Strongman athletes get together at gyms, or in driveways, on blacktops, to lift odd, heavy things all day and cheer each other on. In 2019 at the ripe age of 28, Rob Kearney, the world’s first openly gay professional strongman, defeated giants to achieve the greatest triumph of his career, the coveted Arnold Pro Strongman Australia competition. I mean, goddamnit, it’s 2019. Rob: Strongman Corporation recently came out with a trans-inclusive policy that went into effect as of January 1, 2019 which is fantastic. It’s part of the Arnold Strongman World Series, which is a qualification system to get to the Arnold Strongman Championship in Columbus, Ohio.
She is an avid Crossfitter and a former amateur Strongman competitor who competed at Strongman Nationals in 2015 in the women’s middleweight division. I incorporate some Strongman stuff into rehab exercises at the school. I woke up and was like “what the hell am I doing with my life?” And I was fortunate enough to find my now-fiancé Joey.
Pro Strongman Rob Kearney.
I know OUTWOD was a big motivator for Crossfit to change the policy, and to see that come into Strongman now is really amazing. Born in Norwich, Connecticut, Rob Kearney discovered a love for lifting at the age of 17 whilst at high school. I like to sit on my couch with my dog, watching Netflix. The most famous practitioners are men in the heavyweight class, men like Hafthor Bjornsson, who is 6’ 9” and over 400 lbs of muscle, but Strongman is more than that, with competitors of all sizes, ages, and genders.
9.3K likes. “Persistence and failure will carry you farther in this sport than anything else. Rob: 2018 was a rough year for me, personally and competitively. Rob: I do. Rob: I compete predominantly at the international level. Five months later, he rode that wave of strength to win the heavy-weight log press record at the 2014 Arnold Strongman Classic in Columbus, OH, with a 425-pound lift. Linnea Hartsuyker is the author of The Half-Drowned King, The Sea Queen, and the upcoming The Golden Wolf, a trilogy of novels about Viking-Age Norway published by HarperCollins in the US and internationally in six other countries. Rob Kearney is a pro-strongman who was formerly the Director of Sports Medicine at The Williston Northampton School. I get the hate mail, but it’s never from competitors or promoters. 114k Followers, 667 Following, 736 Posts - See Instagram photos and videos from Rob Kearney (@worlds_strongest_gay) Totally got my ass kicked. Expect to fail, but learn from every experience and let it make you better.”. Events like the truck pull are harder for me because you need that mass to get the truck going, so I’ve been working at that for 2019. Kearney won the Strongman qualifier event on Saturday, earning him entry into the 2020 Arnold Pro Strongman World Championship, co-founded by Arnold Schwarzenegger. Those are my two favorite events. A private limited company in the United Kingdom run by strongmen for fans of stongman throughout the world. In 2013 I won the Amateur National Championships by the largest margin of victory in history, and winning that is what catapulted me into the pro ranks, and I became a professional Strongman in the 105kg division. There was a lot of pushback, and some state chairs quit, but I think it’s absolutely a step in the right direction. Rob: Strongman has taken over my life. It’s time. Rob Kearney is a professional Strongman who burst onto the national stage in 2014 when he came out publicly, becoming the first out gay pro Strongman. I live about 45 minutes from my Strongman gym. The sport is a brotherhood—it’s a lot like Crossfit where it’s such a niche sport you see the same people over and over again at competitions, and we cheer for each other. Rob Kearney suffers a terrible injury. Recently strongman Rob Kearney looked to do just that at a recent strongman meet. I guess I’m weird in that respect, because it is a totally life-changing and life-defining moment, but I was just excited. One morning in the spring, I walked into the gym and they said, “Hey, there’s a Strongman competition in a couple of weeks and we signed you up for it.” I had never done any of the events before—I had never trained for it. I can empathize with them better if they’re going through an injury. I was the youngest competitor by about ten years and I finished 16th or something like that. People at the highest level of the sport—Derek Poundstone, Brian Shaw—messaged me saying “hey man, we’re happy for you, we support you.” The negative messages were from people who didn’t understand the culture and how close all of us are when you get into the professional ranks. The previous record holder , Robert Oberst, lifted 465 lbs. The best allies I have are two English competitors, Terry Hollands and Laurence Shahlaei. I really didn’t think, in a million years, it would blow up into what it did—there was the HuffPo article that went viral, we were being contacted by TMZ, Conan was talking about us. Rob Kearney is the only openly gay professional strongman in the world. Rob Kearney is an American Professional strongman (born 16 november 1991) in Brooklyn, New York. I woke up at 4am today to do Strongman events. Rob Kearney is the currently reigning and defending American log-lift record holder. So after he and I made it official, I came out to my family and friends. He began his professional career in the 231lb (105kg) weight class where he took 2nd place at Americas Strongest Man in 2014 and 2015. Physically I’m one of the smallest competitors on the international stage at 280 lbs. Kearney lifted a 471-lb weight over his head to beat the record. For Business Inquiries, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
It did put a lot of strain on a very early relationship, but it was fantastic. What started as a hobby turned into a serious endeavour when in 2013 Rob won the Strongman Corporation Nationals’ Amateur National Championship, earning him his pro-card. And it was the day after my senior prom. Through the entire process I had this, kind of, “fuck you” mentality, like “If you’re not going to accept me for who I am and who I want to be, then I really don’t need you in my life.” I didn’t have any fear going into coming out. Rob Kearney is the only openly gay professional strongman in the world. Also the yoke walk—I’ve only been beaten in that event once. Rob: My story is a lot like everyone else’s…I had this “Aha” moment in 2014–I found myself exhausted putting on this façade of this heterosexual, hyper-masculine man every single day.
Since then Rob has gone on to gain notoriety in the sport not only for his underdog win at the 2016 Strongman Champions League Log Lift World Championships in Lithuania and his Victory at the 2017 Giants Live North American Open, but for coming out as the only openly gay professional strongman. Among them include, worlds Strongest Man, The Arnold Strongman Classic, and the Arnold Strongman Australia. He is known for being the first openly gay strongman in the sport.
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