Martinsville hosts nation's strongest men this weekend

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MARTINSVILLE, Ind. (WTHR) - Some of the world's strongest men are in Martinsville this weekend.

They will compete tomorrow in the Giants Live North American Championship, lifting very heavy objects and moving them around the courthouse square in Martinsville.

This is the third year for Martinsville to host the strongman competition. The top three finishers qualify for next year's World's Strongest Man event.

"Stress relief is I think the main thing I get out of it," said competitor Laurence Shahlae. "I just love what I do. I love training. I love the reaction I get out of the crowds when people are watching. For me it's just enjoyment. Some people like playing soccer. Some people like throwing darts. Some people like going down to the pub and having a drink. For me, it's kind of therapy really."

Shahlaei is 6-2 and weighs 350 pounds. Small, he says, among strongman competitors. He eats 6 to 7 meals a day, consuming 7,000 calories.

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