Strongmen and Powerlifters: What’s In Your Gym Bag?

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Wraps (Heavy Duty support for the joints and muscles to stay safe when dealing with heavy poundage)

  • Wrist Wrap Bands (Simple Velcro and off)
  • Power Wrist Wraps (Come in 12′, 20′ or 36′)
  • Knee Wraps (2.0 meters, 2.5 meters, 3 meters)
  • Elbow Wraps (2, 2.5 Meters)

Sleeves (To warm up/support the muscle and joints*Can come in Neoprene, 1 ply, double ply, or rubber)

  • Elbow
  • Knee
  • Forearm
  • Calves
  • Ankles

Belts (Important for protecting your spine and posterior chain from injury)

  • Tapered Leather Belt (The thicker the better)
  • Power-lifter Thick Belt (8mm, 10-11mm, 12-13mm, Single prong, Double Prong, Lever)
  • Strongman Rehband Belt (72cm-110cm, pricey but well worth the support and mobility for strongman)
  • Spud 3 ply Dead-lift Belt


Shoes (Important for ankle protection and ground stability)

  • Olympic Shoes (Great for Squats and Overhead Pressing)
  • Hi-Top Chuck Taylors (The Universal Powerlifting Shoe, Great for Squats and Perfect for Deadlifts)
  • Wrestling Shoes (Similar to Converse)
  • Running Shoes
  • Hiking/Climbing Shoes (Great for events that require dragging or traction on the ground in slippery grass such as tire flipping)
  • Deadlift Slippers
  • Deadlift Shoes
  • Non Slip Steel Toe Boots (Great for heavy car/truck pulls)

Food/Supplements (Important to refuel and get that extra edge)

  • Spare Protein Bars
  • Water
  • Gatorade/Pedialyte
  • Peanut butter and Jelly Sandwiches
  • Banana’s
  • Caffeine Pills
  • Potassium Pills
  • Trail Mix

First Aid

  • Blue Lotion/Icy Hot/Ben Gay
  • Neosporin/Antibiotic Ointment
  • Cotton gauze, Band aids
  • Rubbing Alcohol
  • Medical tape
  • New Skin
  • Vitamins A & D cream


Strongman Stuff

  • Tacky jar (sticky tree sap goo for lifting stones)
  • Pine Tar Rag
  • WD4*
  • Canola Oil*
  • Baby Oil*
  • Small Towel*
  • Duct Tape

*Used for Tacky Removal*

Extra Stuff

  • Chalk ( Magnesium Carbonate)
  • Foam Roller Half
  • Travel Stick
  • Ammonia Caps/ Nose Tork
  • Baby Powder

Extra Clothes

  • Singlet (For Powerlifting)
  • Neoprene Compression shorts
  • I’ll pump you up T- shirt
  • Deadlift Socks
  • Clean Pair of Shorts
  • Spare pair of underwear/Diapers* Only for HARDCORE LIfters* (Then again real men go commando!)


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Thanks, I’ll do that.

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Is ther a Senior (older guys) Stongman competition

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Hi Ted,

We have a few strongman competitors on the forum. I recommend stopping by and asking the question on the forum:

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Is there a Sebior strongman competition

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This amount of gear is typical for a strongman or PL comp. Your bi’s & tri’s guys in the gym don’t need 3/4’s of this gear. So yes, beyond overkill for majority of peeps as you say. However if you are going to a comp, this is a very good round-up.

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Seems like a very specialized list, and way beyond overkill for the majority of peeps in the gym.

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