What is Strongman training?

by Nordic Training Gear 2 min read

Strongman training, often associated with images of athletes lifting enormous stones or flipping gigantic tires, is a fascinating and challenging form of exercise. Originally inspired by old circus and fairground feats of strength, this unique form of strength training has evolved into a popular sport that can help you enhance your strength, endurance, flexibility, and speed. But what exactly does training according to the Strongman method involve? Let's delve deeper.

The Basics of Strongman Training

Strongman training differs from traditional strength training by its focus on functional strength. Functional strength means you have to be strong in a wide variety of movements and situations, not just in strictly controlled lifts. The training often involves lifting, carrying, pushing, pulling, and bearing heavy, irregularly shaped objects over various distances and heights. These exercises are designed to challenge your whole body, including your muscles, heart, and lungs, providing a comprehensive workout experience.

Examples of Strongman Exercises

Typical Strongman exercises may include Farmers Walk, Tire Flips, Atlas Stones, Log Press, and Yoke Walk. Farmers Walk involves carrying heavy weights in each hand and walking a certain distance. Tire Flips involve lifting and flipping a large tire multiple times. Atlas Stones is an exercise where you lift a large stone from the ground to a platform. Log Press involves lifting a heavy, log-like object over your head. Yoke Walk involves carrying a heavy "yoke" structure on your shoulders and walking a certain distance.

What is Strongman training?

Benefits of Strongman Training

Strongman training has many benefits. Firstly, it can help build muscle mass and strength, which can improve your physical fitness and performance capabilities in other sports and activities. Additionally, the versatile and challenging exercises can help improve your conditioning, agility, grip strength, and endurance. Furthermore, the functional strength you gain from Strongman training can enhance your ability to perform everyday tasks, such as lifting heavy objects or carrying shopping bags. Finally, Strongman training can also improve your mental resilience and self-confidence, as you're constantly challenged to overcome your limitations and achieve new strength goals.

Getting Started with Strongman Training

If you're interested in getting started with Strongman training, it may be a good idea to start by learning the basics of strength training. Use free weights such as dumbbells and barbells to build up strength and endurance in your muscles. It might also be helpful to hire a trainer or join a Strongman club to learn correct technique and safety. Always remember to warm up properly and start with lighter weights before you begin with the really heavy lifts. With time and patience, you can gradually increase the weights and challenge yourself with more advanced Strongman exercises. You can find high-quality Strongman equipment here.
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Max Andrén
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Max Andrén is a writer and co-owner of Nordic Training Gear
He has a great passion for gym training and training accessories



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