Basque traditional weightlifting

LEVANTADORES - The Basque Strongman - A documentary film

In the mountains of northern Spain, farmers and laypeople have competed in rural Strongman sports for generations. Stone lifting, wood cutting, bale tossing — the sports themselves carried over from years of manual labor, of daily life surviving off the land. LEVANTADORES introduces this rich culture which has helped influence a generation of modern day Strongman who are doing what they can to keep this heritage alive.

Still Images:
- Author: Indalecio Ojanguren, Source: Gipuzkoako Foru Aldundiko Kultura eta Euskara Departamentua, Title: 03_sendia.jpg, Adapted
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- Author: Indalecio Ojanguren, Source: Gipuzkoako Foru Aldundiko Kultura eta Euskara Departamentua, Title: 07_laiatzen.jpg, Adapted
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- Author: Artberri, Source: Title: Trontzea, Euskal Herria.jpg, Adapted
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- Author: Indalecio Ojanguren, Source: Gipuzkoako Artxibo Orokorra (GFA) Title: IngudeAltxaketa.jpg, Adapted
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- Author: Indalecio Ojanguren, Source: Gipuzkoako Artxibo Orokorra (GFA) Title: Laiariak.jpg, Adapted
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CC-BY-SA-3.0Images from GureGipuzkoa

Remainder of still images used with permission by the owner(s)

Thanks to all who participated in the creation of this film -- all the families and individuals who let us into their homes and shared their culture with us.

Special Thanks:
Jan and Terry Todd
Stark Center for Physical Culture and Sports
Lucio Dolcel
Additional thanks to Maite and the Rural-Mañe family for use of family photo archive

STONELAND: An Original Film by Rogue / 4K



There are few places on earth as intimately tied to historic feats of strength as the Highlands of Scotland. There are countless stories of local warriors and clansmen training for battle. Of castle bodyguards proving their strength by carrying heavy weights over long distances. An often cited tale dates back to the 11th century when King Malcolm III summoned his countrymen to compete in a foot race that would determine who would become his royal messenger.

All over Scotland are remnants of these ancient tests of strength — lifting stones, formed over the centuries by wind and river erosion, each with its own history and local lore. A relative few still know about and seek out these ancient stones. This is their story.

Basque rural sportshow. Mr Aritz, 18kgr anvil lifting

77 liftings in 90 seconds. 22 years old

Basque rural sportshow. Shanta susa, 8kgr anvil lifting

82 liftings in 90 seconds. 2nd

The Rogue Strongman Sandbags with Steve Slater



Stone Expert and Ohio Strongman Steve Slater introduces the Rogue Strongman Sandbags. Ranging in loadable weights from 100 to 300 lbs. (100, 150, 200, 250 and 300 lb. sizes), the Rogue Strongman Sandbags are a great training tool for a variety of traditional strongman events. Each Sandbag has a built-in filler bag with an additional zipper and hook-and-loop closure—ensuring filler material stays fully contained as you work through your regimen.

Because Sandbags can be emptied and then re-filled at another gym, field, park, etc., they function as uniquely portable Strongman training tools for athletes of any experience level.

Designed and manufactured in Columbus, Ohio, Rogue’s Strongman Sandbags deliver a versatile, go-anywhere alternative to heavy slam balls and stones.

Stone Barbell/ Stone Locks Showcase 耍石擔石鎖 表演 | Intangible Cultural Heritage of Beijing

Playing stone barbell and lock(耍石担石锁) is the ancient stone Han folk practice weightlifting equipment and later it was developed into athletic programs. From the 1920s and 1930s, Zha Ruilong in Zhabei District create a series of difficult moves of Stone Lock project, known as the Oriental Hercules. It is an important part of Shanghai culture.


Between 23 years and 35 years in the Republic of China, Zha Ruilong led a delegation for five times to visit Southeast Asia; In 27 years, he founded the Shanghai Amateur Sports Studies; In 29 years, he became the editor of the new martial art. After the founding of People’s Republic of China, the folk stone barbell and lock activities became more active.

In 1952, Zhabei District worker stone barbell and lock sports team was formed. In 1957, Zha Ruilong led the team to participate in the inaugural Shanghai arts tournament play won the first prize of the General Assembl. In 1958, he held in Shanghai stone barbell and lock race training which trained a large number of stone barbell and lock molecular backbone.

In 1964, he was still preaching tuition. In 1974, Beijing Institute made the actions of stone barbell and lock into a movie. Although there are many difficult stunts including the loss of many difficult actions, they finally made it. And now the heritage inheritors represented by Wang Baogen and Liu Hai insist to work out every Saturday and Sunday morning in the Zhabei Park.

Playing stone barbell and lock project has a long history. To take such exercise by the traditional Chinese method, can not only physically exercised but also have healthy pleasure, because of its low objective conditions require and the obstruction of no time and the impact of space , showing the social value of folk sports, enrich the leisure life of community residents. In June 2007 playing Stone Barbell and Lock in Shanghai was listed as the first item of intangible cultural heritage projects.

Stone lock simultaneously accompanied by the spread of stone barbell. It is a rectangular stone, chisel one handle, and turn into the ancient lock to move, then, throw and catch. Weight of stone barbell and lock ranges from 8-75 kg. To suit the action-based, more than 20 kg power is the main row of large stone lock. During the performance, stone barbell and lock covered flying up and down, just combine hard and soft, seems very spectacular.

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Making the EU Rogue Birch Jerk Blocks - 4k

In the small town of Kuortane, Finland, 200 miles north of Helsinki, woodworker Jukka Vähämäki crafts birch wood into bomb-proof Rogue EU jerk blocks for training the olympic lifts. Using a combination of modern wood-working tools and traditional hand tools, Vähämäki himself builds each and every block for these high-quality sets.

These blocks are sold in our EU store only. The U.S. versions are made in Columbus, Ohio.

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Stone lifting World Champion Pehlwaan Kamran Akhtar setting a new world record 200.5kg

Pehlwaan Kamran Akhtar world champion lifts 5 mon 20.5 ser (200.5kg) at Barking Park, East London mela. This is the first time in the history of stone lifting where someone has smashed the 200kg mark. Pehlwaan Farhan Akhtar aged only 18 lifts 4 mon 25 ser (169kg) recording a personal best. Masha-Allah may Allah bless both brothers and Insha-Allah may they set many more records.

The Rogue Strongman Sandbags with Matt Chan

Rogue Athlete Matt Chan demonstrates some training techniques with the Rogue Strongman Sandbags:

Rizal on 100kg Atlas Stone for 4 reps.... Easy lifting!

5th of February is also also known as Atlas Stone lifting day. And today was the first day that our very first atlas stone was christened with numerous amounts of completed lifts from different ascending heights!

Atlas Stone WOD 4 reps x as many sets possible in ascending height & difficulty level!

Double 50 lb scale weight lift.wmv

A nice little lift I did a few years ago. Two 50 lb scaleweights held together and lifted.

Icelandic fishing stones - Natural Stone Lifting 104kg stone

I recently travelled to Iceland to explore and lift some of the Worlds most iconic lifting stones :)

Here you see hálfsterkur (half strength) at 104 kg (228.8 pounds)

this was my limit! (it then jumped 154kg!!

304 lb Basque Stone - Omega Force Strength Team

304 lb Basque Stone - Omega Force Strength Team

Natural stone lifting- up to 500lbs

Jono Mac goes to visit the Kiwi Stoneman.

307 atlas stone lifting with some Higa Monsters

Rocco, Steve, Tyler, and Zack lifting one of the stones at the warehouse for reps. and like real strongmen... no tacky 8/23/08 8:30am

Rope Swing, Rock Throwing and Rock Lifting



Me and Gerald on the ravine rope swing... I'll have a video of the big swing up soon. Also some rock lifting and rock tossing in there as well. Hope you enjoy it.

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