We’ve shared some of Strongman Competitor Dave Pankow’s thoughts on training, so we found it fitting to include this short documentary on Strongman training. It is by no means a complete historical synopsis of the sport, but it shares some interesting information about the recent history.
Strongman training has been used for over 100 years, but it has gained a lot of traction in the strength & conditioning community over the last 5-10 years. Books like Brooks Kubik’s Dinosaur Training brought many of the concepts back into vogue about 15 years ago, but the popularity of the actual competitions has really increased awareness.
You now see items like Atlas Stones and tractor tires at plenty of training facilities and many high schools have even started using some of the concepts, although this often gets pretty ugly.
Strongman training can be a great way to spice up a workout and keep you or your athletes engaged in the training process. It can also be very dangerous, so make sure to progress slowly and don’t try to break any world records right off the bat.
If you haven’t already read Dave’s pieces on preparing for Strongman lifts, you should definitely go back and check those out in the Strength Training Category.