Author: Tom Mutaffis

It’s obvious that strongman training is a great way to build mass, but this type of training is not commonly leveraged by bodybuilders or athletes looking for maximum hypertrophy. In fact, few programs exist that provide a comprehensive solution for those who are seeking a combination of aesthetic, power, volume, and speed work. The program described in this article is designed to be a highly effective protocol for athletes, strongmen, and bodybuilders alike. First, let’s take a look at the components of an effective hypertrophy program: volume, compound movements, good technique, overload, and recovery. We all know that strongman movements can build power,...

You know that feeling when you walk into the gym and everything just seems to fall into place? The weights that you have attempted countless times in the past feel like a warm-up, and personal records (PRs) are set and eclipsed with ease! The PR is an integral component to your short and long term success in the gym.  PRs allow you to measure progress, configure goals, and serve as a tremendous motivator.  When you hit a PR it literally creates a feeling of euphoria. A PR need not be defined as your 1 repetition maximum.  It can be anything from running...

Technique can be the difference between trophies and injuries in any sport.  This phenomenon is even more prevalent in strongman where extreme loads are coupled with high skill component movements.  The sport of strongman incorporates lifts which are vastly different than most strength trainees normally encounter in the gym.  This can make them an excellent source of variety for powerlifters and other non-strongman strength athletes.  It also presents unique challenges to the strongman training neophyte.  In my experience, the strongman movements which present the most formidable of these technique challenges are the log press, tire flip, and Atlas stones.  The balance of...