The Straight to the Bar (SttB) Guide to Stone Lifting

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Lifting stones is without doubt one of the greatest ways to test your strength. Whether you're a Strength Coach passing the skills on to others, a Strongman looking for a competitive edge or a serious fitness enthusiast just wondering what it's all about; you've come to the right place. This page will tell you what, why and how to do a little stone lifting.


Firstly, let's take a look at the different types of stones commonly available. These vary enormously in size and weight, so there's an ideal starting point for everyone.

The Equipment

Atlas stone lifting with strap
Atlas stone lifting with strap.
There are four basic types of equipment when it comes to training to lift stones, and all have value at different points. They are : To see all of these in action, head over to Youtube, equipment manufacturers such as Strongergrip for pins and handles, and Marc "Spud" Bartley's site for accessories such as Stone Straps.

Learning What to Do

How to Make Atlas Stones
How to Make Atlas Stones.
There are several ways to put the stones to work (various incarnations of lifting, carrying and throwing), but by far the most common is the basic Atlas Stone Lift. This is probably the lift you first thought of when you saw the term 'stone lifting' at the top of this page.

The technique itself is relatively straightforward, though it will certainly take a bit of practice. For a detailed look at both the manufacture and use of your own home-made Atlas Stones, grab a copy of 'Napalm' Jedd Johnson / Steve Slater's superb 'How to Make Atlas Stones' DVD. The perfect way to learn.

You can grab a copy right here :

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Further Reading

Want more? No problem. There's a wealth of stone-lifting information on this site, the forums and a whole lot more. Here are a few of my favourites.

NB : with any of the stone training articles on Straight to the Bar, just click the tag 'stone lifting' to see a constantly-updated list of the many aspects of it we talk about on here. Enjoy.

Final Thought on Stone Lifting

As I said in the beginning, lifting stones is without doubt one of the greatest ways to test your strength. The perfect combination of physical strength, planning, tenacity and much, much more.

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