The power stairs are akin to a close-grip, dynamic deadlift. The strongman has implements of varying weight that have to be lifted up and on to one or several steps. Most strongmen attempt to shrug and simultaneously swing the weight on to the step. Unsurprisingly, height is a huge advantage and shorter athletes, such as Lalas, have struggled with this event.
There are no accepted records for the power stairs. There are too many variables – such as the number of steps, the height of the steps and the weight and shape of the implements – that makes setting an official world record unfeasible. Having said that, Thorput in a blisteringly fast effort on the power stairs at the 2012 World’s Strongest Man finals, easily beating his rivals – we’ll award the unofficial title to him.