So you want to compete in your first Strongman Competition!
My first word of advice is find a local training crew that has some of the events you will be encountering in your first competition.
You don’t want to start off like me and just compete in strongman competitions just to play with events, it is dangerous and costly. You are better off learning proper technique and form from those who have experience with it. Although, if you can not find anyone, you should go to a local Strongman competition just to make friends and find training crews, show some support, and get an idea of the rules and implements. If you’re lucky the promoter might let you try the implements out after the competition.
You most likely will compete with the NAS, North American Strongman Association. Memberships for Adults is 40$ for the year, 20$ for teens. Most entry fees range from 50$,60-75$, with late fees as well. 100$ for pro shows.
Here is a link to the NAS website, so you may find local competitions near you: North American Strongman, Inc. – Official Web Site – A Central Resource for Amateur Strongmen & Strongwomen.
Strongman Weight Classes
If you are a beginning Lightweight there are only 2 weight classes to worry about:
- Under 200lbs, 200-231lbs
- Under 231lbs Men’s Lightweight Open
If you are a beginning Heavyweight there are only 2 weight classes to worry about:
- 232lbs and over, unlimited to the Heavy Weight Men’s Open Division
- 232lbs-265lbs, 265lbs+ and over
For a Lightweight you should have at least:
- 200-225lbs Clean and Overhead Press
- 405-455lbs Deadlift
For a Heavyweight you should have at least:
- 245-265lbs Clean and Overhead Press
- 495lbs-550lbs Deadlift
There are some more weight divisions but are barely seen outside of nationals.
Strongman Competition Levels
- Silver – 1st place qualify for nationals.
- Gold – 1st and 2nd place qualify for nationals.
- Platinum – Top 3 places qualify for nationals.
- Platinum Plus – Competitors can earn their pro card.
As a beginner, you want to look for lighter, silver level shows to get started, but will learn a lot from gold level shows as well.
When Picking Strongman Competitions
Try to pick shows not too far from you. Travel is tiring and will take a lot out of you as most strongman contests start early. Try to pick indoor competitions over outside competitions as the seating will be closer to the events, bathrooms closer, air conditioned, most likely a hotel near by so you can come in the night before and get good rest.
Weigh-ins are normally the day before the show, and day of at 9-10am, rules at 10:30am, show starts at 11am, sometimes at 12pm. Pay attention to the promoter’s rules. Always show up on time, or early to get good parking, an idea how the playing field is, time to warm up, eat, etc…
Most strongman shows are outside, so try to get shaded and close parking. Bring a comfy lawn chair with shade, sunscreen, umbrella, towel, a cooler filled with liquids and easy to eat foods like peanut butter sandwiches, bananas, etc.
Check out my article what’s in your gym bag for things you may need.