Welcome to Armlifting USA!

What is Armlifting?

Along with other notables in the strongman world, Odd Haugen was big on the Rolling Thunder from day 1, and this led to the inaugural IronMind Rolling Thunder World Championships in 2000, which kicked off Haugen’s Beauty and the Beast competition. Rolling Thunder contests also flourished below the world championships level, and in 2010 Armlifting was born when a Russian armwrestling promoter asked IronMind for permission to organize grip contests featuring the Rolling Thunder, dubbing the competitions Armlifting. So, armlifting is the Russian name for grip contests that began with the Rolling Thunder, and have since come to include such other grip world staples as the Apollon’s Axle Double Overhand Deadlift and CoC Silver Bullet Hold.  The mission of Armlifting USA is to increase the participation in Armlifting in the United States.  



2020 APL World's Dates Announced!

Interested in traveling to Russia to represent the Red, White, and Blue?

The APL has officially announced the dates for the 2020 World Championships.

See the Seasons Rankings page to get more information about how to qualify and book YOUR SPOT to St. Petersburg.


Promote a contest= Save money!

If you promote a contest for Armlifting USA, IronMind has graciously offered a discount on their equipment.

Sanction a contest and then we will provide you with a discount code!!


Available for purchase - 3" Sorinex Saxon Bar

The 3" Sorinex Saxon Bar is the official Saxon Bar of Armlifting USA.  They are now available for purchase.  Get one here:


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