Beginning on the BBC, the show has sturdy strong and continued its popularity for over 25 years.
The concept remains as simple as it started, yet viewers still enjoy the events. Extremely strong individuals, lifting, throwing, pulling and pushing unbelievably heavy items to the general public is extremely entertaining. Like circuses are known for their strongman acts displaying incredible human ability to cope with intense pressures, WSM has taken an act and transformed it into a legitimate and respected sport.
There are currently 20 individual events in the competition, ranging from 180kg stones labeled the 'Atlas Stones' to the Highland Games influenced 'Keg Toss'. The entire competition has taken a long journey from the first in 1977 involving 8 participants from only 2 countries (USA and Italy), to the now truly international WSM's today incorporating 30 participants from over 17 nations.
Arguably the highest rated and all time best competitor has been Mariusz Pudzianowski. He has gone on to win five WSM titles altogether and has finished in the top three on many other occasions. Along with him, family favorites like Magnus Samuelsson and 2012's winner Zydrunas Savickas have kept not just the UK, but the world watching the abundance of human pain and ache endurance for the title of being the world's strongest man.
What with the future of the World's Strongest Man? Although many remain loyal fans of the series of tournaments, thecoming has been its lack of gathering new viewers. Numerous people will remember sitting down every week to catch up on the latest strength demonstrating endeavors, but of those numerous people, who still without fail, makes sure they catch every episode of the competition? More importantly the move onto Channel 5 unfortunately has not only reduced the viewer numbers, but also reduces the reputation originally built with the BBC. This has claimed in the young generation lacking a desire to even begin watching the show, inevitably producing a gloomy future for the strength athletics show.
One method of revival could be an increased number of participants. Do you think you could participate in the World's Strongest Man? Well if you can bench over 200kg, deadlift over 400kg, eat over 6500 calories for your muscle needs, and see yourself as the next Zydrunas Savickas, then why not sign up to next year's WSM qualifiers. However, if you only accomplish the 6500 calorie diet, there could be a few more years of training yet.
Overall it is has to tell what the future of the show will be. From a successful start, to still a fairly strong position on Channel 5 when compared with other similar shows, fingers remain crossed for the enjoyable tournament to continue on for many years to come and not to discontinue due to a lack of viewers.