In the 19th century, the term strongman referred to an exhibitor of strength or similar circus performers who performed feats of strength. In modern times strongman competitions have grown in popularity and can be found in every state and across the world.

These competitions usually have 5-7 events in which the competitors have to move the highest weights possible, with the winner having the highest tally across all events.

Common events are Atlas Stones, log press, yoke carry, farmers carry, keg toss,  and sandbag load.

Training for strongmen involves building overall strength in the gym and training with competition implements. In the gym, you must train the entire body for strength. Variations of the squat, deadlift, and overhead press are a must. Training explosive power, developed by weightlifting-style lifts and cardiovascular conditioning, is also important. Grip strength is a must in the sport.