The extreme lifestyle of a strongman

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Mikey Lane eats 8,500 calories a day and trains five days a week in his bid to become one of the strongest men in the world.

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Mikey, 35, eats seven chickens a week, along with six pizzas, as part of his training regime.The semi-professional strongman from Nuneaton has dedicated the last nine years to pushing himself to his limits to chase his dream.

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His journey has seen him compete nationally and internationally, with his ultimate quest to compete in the World’s Strongest Man contest.Mikey’s interest in weight training began when he was at school, after finding that sports like football did not appeal to him. He would cycle 10 miles to train at his nearest gym.”Growing up watching the World’s Strongest Man competitions every year at Christmas, I was in awe of these giants,” he says.It was when Mikey was helping his cousin host a strongest man contest in Warwickshire, that he realised he had a talent for the competition.”I was loading and resetting the event equipment for the competitors – including very large steel girders and car brake discs – when I found I was lifting and moving them easier than some of the actual athletes!”

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Mikey used to train at a commercial gym, but found he outgrew the equipment and weights.Three years ago he decided to take his mission to the next level and create his own gym by renting a farm outbuilding a couple of miles from where he lives in the Midlands.

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His day job as a builder of gym equipment meant he could put his metalwork skills to good use and create the perfect training facilities just for him.

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