The first thing that you need to know when starting your own strongman competition is what kind of event it will be? For example, if you want to hold a powerlifting meet or something else?
If you have no idea, then just start with a strength contest. A strength contest is usually held once every few years and consists of several events like bench press, squat, deadlift etc. You could even hold a bodybuilding show which is another type of contest.
Another thing to keep in mind while planning your first competition is the equipment you will use. Some competitors prefer using free weights while others choose to use machines.
There are various types of equipment that can be used for different events and some may require special training before they can be used properly. So, you must decide whether you want to go all out with free weight or not!
If you are going to hold a powerlifting meet, then you will probably need to buy some sort of lifting platform and plates. These things cost money so make sure that you budget enough money for them.
Other things such as water bottles, food, towels etc., might also come in handy during the competition period.
For other types of contests like strongman competitions or bodybuilding shows, these items would not be necessary at all since they don’t involve any strength element whatsoever. In these events, the only equipment that you will probably need are some chairs and a stage!
The next thing that you should know is how much it will cost to host a strongman competition. Actually, it really depends on how much money you are willing to put in because the amount of money spent directly effects the awesomeness of your competition!
In general, you can expect to spend at least several hundred dollars just to host a competition. This can range from buying equipment to paying for a venue and even giving out prizes.
You must remember that you will also have to pay for the gym or venue in which you will be holding your event.
So, keep in mind that these things will add up and you would probably have to spend at least a thousand dollars in order to make your competition awesome! On the other hand, if you are on a tight budget then you can scale back and make your event less “awesome”.
Either way, you should have an idea of how much your event will cost!
The last thing that you should know is how to prepare for the strongman competition. This involves a lot more than just training for the events because you will also need to think about things like safety, volunteers, prizes etc.
If you are going to be using equipment for your strongman competition then you need to make sure that everything is in good condition. This means no cracks on the barbells or plates and that everything is adjusted to its proper weight.
You should also check if all your equipment is compatible with each other. For example, if you are using a deadlift bar that is shorter than usual, then you need to make sure that your other equipment can support that length.
If you are using free weights then you should check every piece before the competition to avoid any accidents. You should probably do this even if you decide to use machines.
In addition, safety should also be considered because a strongman competition is much more dangerous than a bodybuilding show for example. You must make sure that a doctor will be on location in case of an emergency and that all your volunteers are trained properly as well.
Another thing that you must prepare is how you will be rewarding the winners. Whether or not you are paying for everyone’s entry fee is up to you but some form of reward is necessary.
Some competitions offer things like trophies, cash, and most of all, PRIZES! If money is no object then you could give away something like a flat screen TV or something similar. Of course, you could also give away something like a Watschenmacker dumbbell for first place!
In addition to prizes, you should also have volunteers that can help you out in running the event. This is very important especially if the competition needs to go on for several days.
You don’t want to get sick of doing the same events over and over again, not to mention your volunteers as well!
Another thing you should prepare is a schedule for every event during the competition. This prevents people from having to wait around all day and allows them to go home after they are done with their events.
One thing you should also keep in mind is that you probably won’t get many veteran strongmen to show up at your competition because most of them would rather compete in USSA sanctioned events where the prize money is much better.
Because of this, you will probably get a majority of inexperienced strongmen (along with the occasional mediocre veteran) to compete in your competition. Because of this fact, it is very important to have a wide variety of events so that it allows for a much more enjoyable competition for everyone.
There are some events that you will definitely need to have such as the log press, deadlift, and the atlas stone series. It is also a good idea to have a certain number of lighter and heavier events so that smaller and younger competitors have a chance against the bigger ones.
Your events can literally be anything as long as they require strength to a certain degree. You can have events like beer keg lifting, holding a plank, pulling a car, and even flip a burger (just kidding).
However, it might be a good idea to limit the events to things that do not involve the use of machinery because not everyone has easy access to stuff like that. Here is a website that can give you some ideas of different events:
Another thing you should do is make sure that you have a good number of vets and spotters available. Most injuries in strongman competitions occur when someone is training for the competition or competing because most of the events are quite dangerous.
For this reason, it is a very good idea to limit the amount of heavy lifting that can be done outside of the competition to prevent possible injuries during the actual event.
One thing you should not do is charge more for spectators to attend. There is nothing worse than having to pay an entry fee just to watch some competitions!
If you absolutely must charge, then make sure that everyone competing pays as well. At the very least, make sure that any fee charged is very small so that the majority of people can at least get in to watch.
A good way to advertise a competition is to contact local radio stations and newspapers to see if they would be interested in doing a piece on your event. Depending on the size of the paper or the listeningship of the radio station, you could potentially reach a large audience of people.
Of course you will have to provide the media with information such as when, where, and why the competition is being held along with who to contact for questions. Be sure to have some flyers printed up as well to hand out in the local area.
Another good way to advertise is to get the word out to local high schools and colleges. Strongman competitions are very popular in those types of schools and usually have their own dedicated following.
Not only could you have strongmen and strongwomen competing, but you could also have aspiring strongmen and strongwomen who would like to watch the competition.
Sometime before the actual event, it is a good idea to meet with your competitors and go over some rules so there are no problems on the day of the event.
Sources & references used in this article:
The perfect man: the muscular life and times of Eugen Sandow, Victorian strongman by D Waller – 2011 – books.google.com
Cellucor Super HD, 60 capsules by S Clark – bodybuilding.com
The new encyclopedia of modern bodybuilding by A Schwarzenegger, B Dobbins – 1998 – books.google.com