A few people have asked me now what exactly it is I’ve been taking to help my shoulder recovery.
I started using the Xenca Collagen Revitalise powder about 7 weeks ago and although my shoulder isn’t perfect yet, it’s shown massive improvements.
I tore my hamstring earlier this year and had a 5cm tear in my quad in August; both these injuries have now completely healed, no niggling pains, nothing.
On top of that I’ve started taking the Xenca Five a Day Plus supplement. It’s not the nicest taste but I can clearly see the difference in my energy levels and digestion.
Thanks to the team at Xenca for giving me the supplements to try out, I’ll definitely be continuing with them.
Laurence Shahlaei – Britain’s Strongest Man in 2012 and 2013
At Christmas time in 2004, Laurence, like many other people, sat down with his family and watched The World’s Strongest Man. Laurence admired the strength and athleticism of the competitors and said to his family ‘This is cool, this is what I want to do!’
Having never actually stepped foot into a gym at the time, in January 2005 Laurence’s dad paid for a gym membership so he could begin to train. A couple of months later, eager to compete, Laurence searched online for his first novice competition. Having done no Strongman training at all, instead sticking to a basic weight training programme, and with a deadlift personal best of 230KG, it was a good first test for Laurence. He was nervous when he learned that the competition involved doing a 220KG deadlift for reps, however, he went on to do 14 repetitions. He quickly realised he hadn’t been pushing himself hard enough in the gym.
Over the next couple of years Laurence competed at every opportunity he got. Always looking to improve and learn from the best, he competed alongside the likes of Mark Felix and Ollie Thompson, athletes he’d watched and admired on TV just a year or two before. In 2007 he won the Midlands Strongest Man which qualified him for Britain’s Strongest Man. Laurence made it into the final but unfortunately tore his bicep whilst competing, putting him out of competitions for the rest for the year.
In 2008, Laurence came back stronger and more determined than ever. He once again won The Midlands Strongest Man and placed 4th overall at Britain’s Strongest Man. This qualified him for a place at The World’s Strongest Man. Excited to be competing against the best in the world, and in an incredibly strong group with Mariusz Pudzianowski and Brian Shaw, Laurence just missed out on qualifying for the final by 2 points. He won the squat in his group and quickly established himself as having some of the strongest legs in the world. He has never been beaten at the squat while competing at World’s Strongest Man.
Laurence Shahlaei has competed in The World’s Strongest Man a further 4 times since his first appearance. His highest placing so far was in 2011 where he came 4th in the world. Since 2011, he has been a regular competitor in the Strongman Champions League, earning himself a podium finish in 12 different competitions and winning 2 of them.
Laurence won England’s Strongest Man in 2009 and went on to win Britain’s Strongest Man in 2012 and 2013.
Laurence Shahlaei is the only British Strongman to ever win a Giant’s Live competition, he won in Finland 2012 and Gateshead 2013.
Laurence Shahlaei holds an official Guinness World Record in the Farmers Walk and numerous British records including the Strongman deadlift at 433KG and the Axel press at 205KG.
Laurence Shahlaei’s ultimate goal is to win The World’s Strongest Man.