Josh Cloherty

Calgary, AB

Meet Josh

I am a 32 year old journeyman welder and an amateur strongman competitor born and raised in Calgary, Alberta. I have always been active in sports growing up playing mostly basketball and volleyball, but once I started high school I soon found myself drawn to football and rugby. These sports lead me to the gym where I found my love for working out. In late 2015, I was introduced to Strongman training and fell in love with everything about it. In early 2016 with only 12 weeks of training, I competed in my very first Strongman competition and took a surprising second-place finish! After that I was hooked and since then I have competed in a handful of competitions and have placed top 5 almost every time. This year I am hoping to break the top 3 and make it to Nationals!

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Favorite way to sweat

900lbs tire flips, sledgehammer swings, heavy sandbag carries – all the things that suck most in competition because they make you sweat the hardest!


Surprisingly I don’t usually pay any attention to the music that is playing. I like to focus on the task at hand and drown everything else out around me. That being said, it is always fun to have something completely ridiculous playing when you’re warming up or going for personal bests just to keep the mood light and fun.

Place to visit or travel

I travel out to Vancouver Island a lot to see my daughter. It is definitely one of my favourite places to go. I have been all over the island and haven’t grown tired of it yet!

Extra Motivation

My daughter, my family, my girlfriend, my training partners – motivation can be found all around! I have tons of support from family and friends so that always keeps me going.


I always have a container of chocolate and a container of vanilla protein, those are the main ones that I cannot do without.

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I start my days fairly early so the first thing I have every morning is a loaded protein shake and a coffee for the road (that’s first breakfast). Second breakfast usually consists of either chicken or beef, rice and veggies as well as a piece of fruit.


Usually 2 chicken breasts, 1 cup of rice and 1 cup of mixed veggies.


Fruit, protein shake, peas and carrots, peanut butter and raspberry jam sandwiches (the simple things)


8-10 ounces of ground beef, pasta/quinoa, some sort of veggie usually green beans or asparagus and some water.

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