In essence, strongman is about moving heavy stuff of any size or shape, but a few “standard” implements make training a little easier.
Strongman competitor Kurtis Bowler of Rainier CrossFit uses strongman movements and implements in his WODs, and he explains that most of the toys are actually pretty easy to come by.
Tires can be obtained from just about any heavy equipment shop, while atlas stones can be made with a special mold from Slater’s Hardware or by coating an exercise ball with plaster and then filling that mold with concrete. Bowler recommends using one of the smaller balls to avoid creating a 450-lb. monster that can be used only as a lawn ornament.
Kegs can be obtained from almost any bottler, or you can just get one from the store and keep it after you’ve used a cheat day to get rid of all the beer. Sandbags are really just bags full of sand, and you can make your own log or yoke with just a little know-how. Or you can buy them for cheap.
After you’ve got all the toys, you’re going to want to hold a CrossFit/strongman event, and Bowler can tell you how to do that, too.
Video by Again Faster.
Additional audio: CrossFit Radio Episode 87, originally aired Oct. 2, 2009.