Women’s Showdown: Weightlifter, Powerlifter, Bodybuilder, and CrossFitter Face Off

Mattie Rogers, Dana Linn Bailey, Maddy Forberg, and Brooke Ence are facing off in Brute Strength's latest showdown!

Strength fans, we’ve been waiting a long time for this series premiere — and it’s finally here. Brute Strength has published the first video of their new series highlighting women strength athletes from a variety of strength sports facing off in a handful of events. The events are focused on testing each athlete’s strengths, weaknesses, and overall athletic abilities.

For context, Brute Strength published a series similar to this one last year in the spring with male athletes, and it was an absolute hit. This series featured a similar line-up of athletes including: Weightlifter: Luis Mosquera (2016 Rio Olympics 69kg bronze medalist), CrossFit Games Athlete: Jacob Heppner, Bodybuilder: Lawrence Balleneger, and Powerlifter: Steve Gentili.

Brute Strength’s latest series features four of the biggest names in strength sports and includes athletes from powerlifting, weightlifting, CrossFit, and bodybuilding. Check out the stacked athlete roster below!

  • Dana Linn Bailey — 2013 Ms. Olympia Champion
  • Brooke Ence — CrossFit Games Athlete
  • Mattie Rogers — Two-Time Weightlifting World Championships Medalist
  • Maddy Forberg — National Level Elite Powerlifter

In their first video, Brute Strength gives backgrounds on each athlete and interviews them individually. Athletes discuss their strengths, weaknesses, who they’re most worried about, and what events they are most looking forward to.

The series is set to feature eight events in total over a two day period. These eight events will include four strength related events with one event reflecting each athlete’s strength sport — max clean, max deadlift, physique, and a CrossFit workout — then four events that highlight each athlete’s overall athleticism. Host Adrian Conway didn’t specifically mention what they are, noting that,

“They’re going to be outside of the capacity of each one of these specialty athletes,” he says in the introduction. “So the goal is to see who can thrive, not just in their special skillset, but also outside of that and show us who is the most well rounded.”

(But we’ve seen elsewhere that the events will include jumping, soccer, and hitting a softball.)

Check out the first video below!

In the last series, Luis Mosquera took home first by a pretty sizable margin. Check out the athlete placing’s from the last series below.

  • Luis Mosquera – 25 points
  • Jacob Heppner – 32 points
  • Lawrence Balleneger – 38 points
  • Steve Gentili – 38 points

So now the question is, can the weightlifter take home the first place finish once again? Or will a different strength athlete come out on top? Leave a comment below!

Feature image from Brute Strength YouTube channel.

Jake Boly

Jake Boly

Jake holds a Master's in Sports Science and a Bachelor's in Exercise Science. Currently, Jake serves as the Fitness and Training Editor at BarBend.

He's a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and has spoken at state conferences on the topics of writing in the fitness industry and building a brand.

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Jake competes in powerlifting in the 181 lb weight class, and considers himself a professional knee rehabber after tearing his quad squatting in 2017. On the side of writing full time, Jake works as a part-time strength coach and works with clients through his personal business Concrete Athletics in New York City.

5 thoughts on “Women’s Showdown: Weightlifter, Powerlifter, Bodybuilder, and CrossFitter Face Off”

  1. I loved the first series of videos, and I was expecting the inclusion of a strongman athlete. Which could make the show even better. But unfortunately, they didn’t include one.
    Another issue was the difference in body weight. In the last series, the weightlifter was about 155 pounds (70 kg), which is a huge difference if compared with the powerlifter. I think they should find athletes with similar body weights, in order t be fair to everybody. But anyway, this is an amazing series and I hope that this one is even better.

  2. Sooo why not Strongwoman? Thes women are all amazing athletes but a 5th category with like a Mid or Light weight Worlds Strongest Woman competitor would have made this even better.

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