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75 reasons you know your a strong(wo)man



Jan 26, 2011
Rating: 5.0/5 (1 vote cast)
This article by BruteForce of the MAB forum.
You were surprised when the movie Hitch didn’t have a single deadlift in it
You thought Mr. Incredible’s name should have been Bill
You can press as much overhead as you can bench
You see heavy construction equipment and wonder if they would let you have on of the tires
You keep a harness and chains in the bedroom. For pulling semi trucks.
You tell people your sport is like crossfit, but for strong people.
Your idea of warming up for a lift is walking up to the implement and lifting it to see how it feels
You press your significant other for reps.
You consider welding a basket to a prowler for extra conditioning while shopping
While on vacation you pick up heavy things just to see if you can
You buy meat and eggs by the case.
When asked if you are having a BBQ, you reply “No man, I’m just stocking up on meat for the week”
Your primary requirement for a grill is the square footage of the cooking area
You take in more protein in a day than the RDA for a family of 6
You choose your vehicle based on how well it fits your car deadlift frame
You have pictures of your record breaking lifts on your desk instead of your family
You tacky up to pick up a watermelon
You show off your tacky bruises as proudly as bruises from actually lifting something
You would rather be under the bar than at one
You think SHW is 300+
You have thrown a 50 pound rubber salmon for distance
You use straps for a 315 deadlift but use only chalk for a 350 pound farmers walk
You train events for 6 hours a day on weekends while your friends won’t train for more than 45 minutes 3x a week for fear of going catabolic
You paid more for your plates, racks, and implements than you did for your car
You fluctuate 30 or more pounds between heavy contests and conditioning base ones
Its easier for you to stand up with 600 pounds on your back than it is to get up from the couch
You use horse liniments
You wear a squat suit during a meet and no one calls you a cheater
You worry buying stock in a dairy company before purchasing weigh could be construed as insider trading
You consider going to a Renaissance fair to pick up leather gauntlets for stones
You can’t drive past a scrap yard without stopping in to see if they have anything you could make an implement out of
You know what I mean when I say implement
You tacky up to go bowling
You think sumo deadlifters are cheating
You can’t remember your spouse’s birthday but you know who won every WSM
You think OD Wilson was robbed in 1990
You worry you’re dangerously close to becoming a crossfitter because you don’t think OD Wilson was robbed
Contests are just another training day
You do direct arm work to prevent injury
You do core work to become more stable
You squat because its awesome even though it’s hardly even an event
You immediately know what people are referring to by the Big Z polar bear pic
You chalk up to carry the laundry basket
You know 18” deadlifts aren’t an ego lift
You know how to perform a continental clean with an axle
You know better than to try a continental clean clean with a regular barbell
You can muscle snatch an ATV
You were disappointed that the TV special on Vikings didn’t include Jon Pall Sigmarsson
You deadlift 7 times a week
You enjoy not having to wear a singlet to compete
You know the difference between the Wessels Rule and the Kessel Run
You googled Kessel Run and now think I’m an enormous nerd
You look up people’s names on NAS to find out if they even lift
You eat a pre-dinner snack in case the restaurant portions are too small.
You consider the Smith machine your private towel/coat rack. Not only is this convenient, but it prevent others from boarding the fail boat.
You know that ammonia is an acceptable morning coffee substitute on days when you’re really struggling.
You always carry spare underwear.
You keep baby wipes, baby oil, chalk, and baby powder in your bag at all times
You have no need to be a poser and “act” scary. You are scary
You have no need to be a poser and act “tough”. You are tough and have proven yourself at competitions
You would rather have a gift certificate to IronMind than GNC
You take your shoes off to deadlift
You hold records in max deadlift, deadlift for reps, 18” deadlift, axle deadlift, axle deadlift for reps, car deadlift, car deadlift for reps and most wings eaten in 30 minutes at the local pub.
When you pick something up at work you have to remind yourself not to wait for a down command
You think chucks aren’t an ideal shoe for meets.
You spend more on NAS dues, meet fees, and fuel to travel to meets than you do on rent
You wonder why it takes two people to unload a keg full of beer
You have 12 egg whites every morning. And twelve egg yolks. Only small people skip the yolk.
You can pull a semi truck but balk when your wife asks you to move a heavy box for fear of pulling something
You think competing outside during a thunderstorm is pretty normal.
You think spinning collars on a barbell are cheating
You can lift odd shaped objects without hurting yourself
You use your sick days because you can’t get out of bed after a meet, but still manage to get to the gym that night
You care about the argument over who was better between Jon Pall and Kaz
You know something that should have been on this list!
75 Reasons You Know You're A Strongman, 5.0 out of 5 based on 1 rating
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TID Board Of Directors
Apr 29, 2012
Hilarious, RR! Thanks for it.


VIP Member
Nov 3, 2012
You made me smile for sure! Funny AND true


TID Board Of Directors
Nov 29, 2013
Love it, don't have enough knowledge to add to it. Pretty sure this was not intended as a "poll," but my favs were the 2 about OD Wilson, thought many here might have been too young to remember that WSM with regret. That said, the one about tv Viking shows omitting Jon Paul resonates too. I guess it all depends on which events were selected by meet directors.


Senior Member
Jan 19, 2012
The guys at my gym told i me i wasn't a strongman until i had a mono ab and classed ibuprofen as one of my 5 a day.


Jan 26, 2011
Oh stuff it I'm old I need to get my bifocals out !


New Member
Jul 26, 2014
This was an awesome list, thanks for posting it.

He said mono ab. Like those dudes with the big bellies that are hard as a rock and not jiggly fat

This is what we always called the keg to a bodybuilders 6-pack.


Jan 26, 2015
That's Awesome!! I hadn't seen it before printing it to post in the gym.
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