Lower Paxton Township, Dauphin County—There's not much debate, Mike Jenkins is the strongest guy in Harrisburg. Here's the real question, is Jenkins the strongest man in the world? .. He gave up his job as a health and physical education teacher at an alternative school in Harrisburg to find out. FOX43 caught up with him at his soon to be completed weight training center in Lower Paxton Township in Dauphin County. Jenkins competed in the World's Strongest Man event in September. He did not finish the competition due to injury.
Jenkins is 29 years old, 6-6 and weighs 380 pounds. He trains five days a week and expects to be at the top of the profession for a few more years.
"They say you get between eight and ten good years in the sport and obviously a little less if you start later," said Jenkins. "I started in 2007 so I'm hoping to get four or five more good years out of it." He also said he came to the sport a little banged up thanks to his college football days at James Madison University.
His performance in the World Strongman Competition airs Saturday, January 14th on ESPN. He will also compete in the Arnold Stongman Classic in March. He was a runner-up there last year and won the Amateur World Championship at the Arnold Classic in 2010.
You can find out more about Mike Jenkins and his new training facility at www.catalyststrong.com