ACU alumnus works toward World's Strongest Man title

Posted July 15, 2010

As he trains for the World's Strongest Man Competition, Tony Metoyer is working to turn his dream into a reality. From pumping iron on his bench press to slogging enormous truck tires across a football field, the Abilene Christian University alumnus ('10) from Taylor, Texas, is working tirelessly to achieve his goal.

After many years of strength training, the 295-pound muscle machine says he feels confident. He plans to use upcoming competitions as stepping stones to the WSM contest.

"Waking up at six o'clock in the morning is not the easiest thing to do. It's important to see the light at the end of the tunnel," Metoyer says.

Metoyer's rigorous training routine has helped him develop vital skills. Pulling off a "farmer's walk" with a 550-pound load? No problem. 700-pound squats and 500-pound tire turns?  They're all in a day's work.

Next up, Tony plans to compete at the Europa Supershow, a competition that gives amateur bodybuilders the chance to face off against professionals. A victory will earn him his PRO card, signifying professional status as a body builder.

Austin January, senior business marketing major from Round Rock, Texas, manages Metoyer's amateur career. January says he's confident Metoyer's work ethic will give him the edge to succeed, though he is one of the youngest body builders vying for the title.

"There are not a lot of 24- or 25-year-olds that get into the World's Strongest Man contest," says January.

January and Metoyer grew up playing football against one another in high school, then became roommates and close friends during their freshman year of college. January has helped train Metoyer since the beginning of this year and believes his strong work ethic is rooted in his values.

"His family drives him. He feels like when he's lifting weights, he's not just lifting weights for himself but for his family," says January.

Metoyer works for the Young Men's Christian Association, where he spends time mentoring young boys and teaching them the ropes of strength training. He says it's a great way for them to participate in something constructive.

See Metoyer in action here.


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