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 has been named!

70kg Men

Nigel Blackburn

80kg Men

Danny Faulkner

Nick Collias

Simon Charumonta

Matt Griffiths

90kg Men

Tanner Merkle

Adam Glass

100kg Men

Riccardo Magni

Tommy Jennings

125kg Men

Odd Haugen

125kg+ Men

Clay Edgin

Jason Dingey

Masters Men 1

Dali Zheng

Mike Saffell

Men's Master 2

Bill Weiss

Women's 60kg

Julia Williams

Lisa Kromer

Autumn Cote

Women's 80kg

Dani Schwalbe

Lisa Kromer

Women's 80kg+

Amy Wattles

LaCale Pringle Buchanan

Melissa Dingey

Women's Master 1

Amy Wattles

Lisa Kromer


New for 2019!

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

Email armliftingusa@gmail.com for more details.


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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