This powerlifter went from being bullied for his size to becoming one of the world’s strongest men.
Cheick Ahmed Al-Hassan Sanou also has a big heart and is giving back to his country in a big way.
The athlete goes by the moniker “Iron Biby,” is 400 pounds, and grew up in Burkina Faso. He says he was bullied for his weight as a kid, but the 26-year-old is now a local legend. He started bodybuilding when he was 17 and, four years later, was invited to his first powerlifting competition. It wasn’t long until he was competing for World’s Strongest Man. These strength competitions include more events than just weightlifting — they also have truck-pulling and and log-lifting.
Iron Biby has his name in the Guinness Book of Records for completing 69 reps of the human standing shoulder press. He also wants to use his newfound fame to improve sports and nutrition in his home country.
“My main project in Burkina Faso is to create a sports center for all athletes, not just in my field and not just in Bobo-Dioulasso, everywhere in Burkina Faso, and also to develop dietary supplements because there is a lack of protein here,” he explained.