Welcome to Armlifting USA!

Welcome to Armlifting USA!

Welcome to Armlifting USA! Welcome to Armlifting USA! 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.  



New Online Contest!

New online challenge - sponsored by IronMind

We are going to have a contest with the IronMind Blockbuster Pinch Block.

4 weight classes








  • Lifters have to submit a video on IG tagging @armliftingusa, @ironmind and #armliftingusa.
  • It has to be a real deadlift with the IronMind Blockbuster Pinch Block (no replica) with a full lockout (head up) and hold at the top.
  • The winning lift WILL NOT count as the IronMind World Record.  That has to be done in an official contest.
  • The Block cannot be modified in any way.
  • Chalk is allowed.
  • Extreme tilt of the Block is not permitted. 
  • NO wrist wraps.
  • Lower the Block under control after completing the deadlift.
  • No hitching or supporting the Block on the legs prior to locking out the weight.
  • The Block MUST be pulled off of the floor, not from mats.
  • You must hold the Block as they were intended to be used with all fingers on the Block.
  • Show the weight of the Block, loading pin, and weights on a scale as part of your video.
  • Submit your bodyweight honestly.

Leaderboards will be live under the CONTEST RESULTS section of the website.

The contest will last until April 30 (since we didn't start until March 7).

It is open to ANY ARMLIFTING USA MEMBER.  If someone wants to compete, they must join Armlifting USA. 

Membership can be purchased on ArmliftingUSA.com

Prizes will be provided by IronMind to the winner of each weight class.

Thanks IronMind!!


2020 APL World's Dates CHANGED!!

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

The APL has officially changed 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!!

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