A biomechanical comparison between strongman events and technically similar traditional weight training exercises: a narrative review

Benjamin Hindle, Paul Winwood, Anna V. Lorimer, Justin W L Keogh

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A literature search was conducted to identify studies comparing biomechanical parameters of strongman events and technically similar traditional weight training exercises. While many similarities were identified, the farmers walk may result in reduced stress placed on the lumbar spine due to the more vertical trunk than when performing the deadlift under identical loading conditions, the heavy sled pull may be used to better develop anterior force production than the back squat, and the log lift may be used to better develop forceful hip extension during a triple extension movement than the clean and jerk. The identification of biomechanical similarities and differences between strongman and traditional weight training exercises may be used by strength and conditioning coaches to better prescribe exercises suited to an individual athletes’ conditioning requirements.
Original languageEnglish
Article number45
Pages (from-to)289-293
Number of pages5
JournalISBS Proceedings Archive
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2018
EventThe 36th International Conference on Biomechanics in Sports 2018 - Sir Paul Reeves Building, 55 Wellesley Street East, Auckland University of Technology (AUT) City Campus, Auckland., Auckland, New Zealand
Duration: 10 Sep 201814 Sep 2018
Conference number: 36th
https://sprinz.aut.ac.nz/isbs-2018 (Conference website)
https://www.facebook.com/ISBS2018/ (Facebook)


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