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.  



Team USA finishes 2nd!

Team USA finished 2nd in the Team contest at the 2019 APL World Championships in St. Petersburg, Russia.  This is the first time that they have gotten second.

Gold medal performances included:

Tanner Merkle - Rolling Thunder 108kg @ 90kg
Dani Schwalbe - Rolling Thunder 55kg @ 80kg
Julia Williams - Silver Bullet #1  32.26 seconds @ 60kg
Melissa Dingey - Silver Bullet #1 59.28 seconds @80kg+
Dani Schwalbe - Apollon's Axle 105kg @ 80kg
Odd Haugen - Apollon's Axle 200kg @125kg and Masters 50+
Odd Haugen - Rolling Thunder 103kg @125kg

Helen Strauss - Saxon Bar 45kg @ 60kg


New for 2019!

If you promote an offcially sanctioned Armlifting USA contest, Armlifting USA will waive your membership for the 2019 year.

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Membership for 2019

Membership to Armlifting USA is still optional for 2019.  However, paying the $20 allows us to record your lifts on the Leader Boards as well as allows you to be considered for Invitational and International contests.

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