I don’t know about you, but I've always had one burning question about the strongman world: how much, exactly, do they eat? Actually, I need more than that. How much does it cost? You can imagine my delight then when I found out Kushi Stoltman, wife of Europe’s Strongest Man, Luke Stoltman, has revealed all.
At 6’3” you’d expect Luke to have a bigger appetite than most. It’ll require a decent amount of food to fill his tummy. Add strongman training on top of that, and you’re into a whole new realm of food — one you couldn’t even imagine.
As a self-described “strongwife”, Kushi shops and cooks for Luke so that all he needs to focus on is his training. Actually, you can add eating, resting and recovery to that. Kushi delves into Luke’s eating habits and breaks down what an average day of food costs. Hold on to your hats (and your bank cards) because it’s not cheap. Far from it in fact.
Kushi takes us along as she moseys down the aisles of the supermarket. Looks to us like she doesn’t have a list with her — risky business, but each to their own.
Let’s take a peek at Luke’s food diary for a day.
- Fruit (strawberries and blueberries)
- Whole milk
- Cereal bars
- Two packets of mince
- Frozen vegetables
- Stock cubes
- Sweet potatoes
- Garlic bread
- Tinned tomatoes
- Cinnamon buns
- Strawberry tarts
We're aware that Luke probably doesn’t have four tins of tomatoes for the sauce of his spag bol, and he also probably doesn’t grate a whole block of cheese on top of it either. Although who could blame him if he did? It’s important to remember that Luke’s supplements weren’t included in the shop and they already had some ingredients in the house. After some quick mental calculations, the cost Kushi came to looks pretty accurate to me.
Now, the moment we’ve all been waiting for...
Can I have a drum roll please?
You’ve definitely skipped through this article to get to the cost, haven’t you.
But I'm going to drag it out anyway.
It costs £82 a day to feed a Stoltman. That’s right, eighty-two pounds every day to feed just one Stoltman. I was expecting it to be a lot, but not this much.
Let me put this into some perspective. £82 a day comes to £574 a week. That's £2,296 a month. And finally, the big dog cost... £27,552 a year. I’ll just let that sink in.
Take home message
Hopefully, you’ve now picked your jaw up off the floor and thanked a higher power that you aren’t married to a strongperson. Three bags of food a day it takes to feed just one half of the World’s Strongest Brothers. But having looked into their training routine, it doesn't exactly come as much of a shock. Food is fuel after all.
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