Training with Shetland’s strongest man


In July’s Shetland Life, Andrew Hutton writes about his shift “on the Factory floor”. In this special guest blog post, he lists what his session consisted of.

The warm up for the warm up. This consisted of going into the adjoining field and walking up and down it a number of times. The field walk wasn’t just a case of wandering around: each turn in the field was marked out with string on evenly spaced fence posts. No short cuts here!


Weight training. Apparently our trek through the Whiteness countryside didn’t count as a proper warm up and soon enough, some kettle bells were introduced into the mix. Starting off with a 6kg kettle bell, I was asked to swing it for six reps. I was reminded to use my hips and not my back. This emphasis on the correct posture continued throughout the session.

Leg Raisers. With the help of straps suspended from the roof, I proceeded to raise my knees to my chest for 10 reps, before extending my legs straight out in front of me for 10 reps.

A cardio session. This was something I didn’t expect to be doing when I agreed to the Factory session!  I was asked to jog for around 20 metres before sprinting all out on the way back, repeating the process six times.

More weight lifting. Nowhere in The Factory had I seen a regular set of dumbbells, so I knew I was in for something new and exciting, and I wasn’t disappointed! On my way in, I had noticed some tyres leaning against the wall. Trainer Bryan Pearson soon had one of them on the floor and showed me the technique for flipping it. A wide stance, straight back and a good grip were key. This was actually good fun and gave a good sense of achievement. Luckily for me, Bryan decided we didn’t have time for the largest tyre, one which would have looked at home on a quarry truck!


The ‘Farmers Walk’. When I think of farmers, I think of cute caddie lambs. Unfortunately, there was no caddie lambs to hand, so old gas canisters were used. Having a good grip was the key to this exercise. Twice I raced around the drive way with these canisters. My forearms felt every step!

I asked Dhanni about the symbol used for The Factory logo: three shapes intertwined. Dhanni explained that the three shapes symbolised communication, learning and activity.

It was clear from my time in The Factory that this motto is paramount. No one works alone: there is always constant encouragement and advice going back and forth between everyone.

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