The pressure of competing in your first ever strong man competition would weigh heavily on anyone’s mind.
But 19-year-old Rob Perch was able to shoulder the burden and shake off his nerves to take home first prize when he put his strength to the test in Blackpool.
Now he has his sights set on bigger goals and hopes to stake his claim as one of Britain’s strongest men.
Muscle-bound Rob, from Hambleton, started training just over a year ago after he started working at Blackpool Sports Centre, at Stanley Park.
Now he trains five or six times a week, pushing his body to the limits, to stay at the top of his game.
He said: “I was in the novice category because it was my first competition.
“To win was a big achievement for me.”
Rob was up against tough competition as people travelled from all over the country for the inaugural Blackpool Strong Man Competition.
Organised by the Blackpool Business Improvement District, the contest took over St John’s Square last month.
Rob added: “I couldn’t eat the day before, I was that nervous.
“I just wanted to have a go – I wasn’t expecting to win – but on the day I just performed well.
“There were five events and I think the yoke walk was my best one.”
The exercise sees competitors carry a massive, and very heavy, wooden frame on their backs.
They have to travel 15 metres, turn around and travel back in the shortest time possible.
“I think I beat everyone by about five seconds,” Rob added.
“I train about five or six times a week – I spend a lot of time in the gym.
“I’ve thought about it and, in a year’s time, if I put a bit more work in, I think I can go for a national competition.
“It’s quite a step up but I think the fact I would be going up against people at a national level will make me go even further.
“To try and get to a British level at a young age would be good.”
In the short-term, he will set his sights on being crowned under-23 champion.