Zach Riley, kinesiology professor and Scottish strongman

Zach Riley, kinesiology professor and Scottish strongman


[NOISE] It’s a 28-pound steel
weight on a ring handle, and it’s the most similar to a discus
throw in track and field. It’s just a lot heavier,
which almost all of our implements are. Three to four days a week usually. I try to year round, even in the winter
I’ll be out here at least two days a week, if the weather is permitting,
with a lot of layers on. It’s my serenity place. I love the actual art of throwing
heavy objects and seeing it in flight, and chasing that perfect throw that
you may never hit in your career. And there’s definitely something romantic
about it to me, and so that’s why I do it. I have a 10-year-old daughter. You can’t see my toes right now but
my toes are far more decorated. My thumbs get really mashed
up from all the gripping, throwing things, so my nails are actually
black underneath, all bruised, so we’re trying to keep them fresh. But my 10-year-old daughter,
it’s a bonding time. I tore my bicep off the bone
doing a throw in a game. I was down at the Smoky Mountains in
Tennessee, Highlander games down there. And one throw, I came around, and my bicep
detached and rolled right up my arm. So this has been three-and-a-half
months post-op, and we’re going to chase it again,
because that’s what I do [LAUGH]. I don’t know any better.

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