In strongman Adam Bishop’s insane body transformation from scrawny rugby player to 342-pound hoist

ADAM Bishop has come a long way from his days as a skinny rugby player.

The Englishman, 34, traded the brutal ball game for strongman competitions over a decade ago.

Strongman Adam Bishop has undergone a massive body transformation


Strongman Adam Bishop has undergone a massive body transformationPhoto credit: Getty
The former rugby player is a far cry from his previously wiry physique


The former rugby player is a far cry from his previously wiry physiquePhoto credit: Getty
Brit Bishop is a three-time winner of Britain's Strongest Man


Brit Bishop is a three-time winner of Britain’s Strongest ManPhoto credit: Joe Martinez / World’s Strongest Man

Bishop went from a wiry winger to a massive lifting machine after an epic body transformation.

But despite the pounds piling on, the 6ft3 muscle man still considers himself “one of the little guys” among other strong men.

Bishop showed off his stunning gains in a throwback pic, comparing his now ripped physique to his former lean physique.

Bishop captioned the incredible snap: “From playing rugby to Britain’s strongest man.

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“Back then I ran up the wing, now I may run slower, but the objects I run with are much heavier!”

Bishop played professional rugby for English club Saracens and studied Sport at Loughborough University.

He only turned pro strongman in 2021, having previously balanced his newfound talents with his job as a rugby strength and conditioning coach.

Bishop started his journey in the under 105kg ranks in 2010 and vowed he would be Britain’s strongest man by 2015.

He achieved that goal, winning the competition three times and being a three-time World’s Strongest Man finalist.

To maintain his mammoth figure, Bishop has to choke down 6,500 calories a day.

He spreads this out over six to eight meals and uses his food to fuel four grueling weight sessions a week, each lasting up to two hours.

At his peak, Adam weighed 342 pounds and has a deadlift record of 1,000 pounds.

And Bishop is confident he can remain injury-free and compete at the highest level for years to come.

He explained to SunSport in 2021, “Everyone [in my house] I watched World’s Strongest Man around Christmas time and a year from now I thought I’d give it a try.

“I went to a dusty farm in the middle of Leicestershire and tried it.

“A few years later I won the UK 105kg category, then moved up in 2012 and after that won Britain’s Strongest Junior.

“[2021] was my best World’s Strongest Man yet and hopefully I can keep going for a few more years.”

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Bishop recently competed in the 2023 World’s Strongest Man in Myrtle Beach, SC.

He narrowly fell out of the competition in the heats when Canada’s Mitchell Hooper took home the title.

Bishop competed in this year's World's Strongest Man in Myrtle Beach


Bishop attended this year’s World’s Strongest Man in Myrtle BeachCredit: Hector Vivas / The Strongest Man Alive


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