Strongman Training | Everything You Need To Know

Updated: May 3, 2021

The benefits | Training approach | Equipment | Diet & nutrition | Exercise tutorial

Eddy Hall, 2017 World's Strongest Man, deadlifting 500 kilograms

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Benefits of strongman training
Benefits of strength training
Strongman training approach
Strongman kit
3 Super strongmen
Strongman diet and nutrition
6 strongman exercises - masterclass tutorial


Firstly, before we consider the how, we must clarify the why. So, why bother training like a strongman?

For starters strongman-style exercises are typically functional in nature. When executing a barrel lift or tyre flip, say, two staples of the strongman diet, a veritable legion of muscles must work in synchronicity. In addition, because the exercises are compound movements, they transition through multiple joints which improves biomechanical coordination while stimulating neuromuscular adaptations – that is, developing bigger muscles (aka hypertrophy).

It is this multi-muscular attribute of strongman exercises that forges functional physicality – that is, raw power that delivers superior performance. Something traditional gym-based static lifting is woefully inferior at doing.

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