Here’s How Top Strongman Athletes Stack Up in Height

Of all the strength sports, strongman gives athletes perhaps the biggest advantage for being tall. Strongman events like the stone lift and weight over bar benefit bigger, taller athletes who can move weight further off the ground. While that’s partially balanced by events that may seem to benefit athletes closer to the ground – deadlifts, though some of the top pullers are also among the tallest competitors – strongman in the open weight class is very much a sport for giants and men of great height.

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See how the world's top strongman athletes compare in height.
Strongman Competitors Height

For a little more evidence why height can benefit strongman athletes, check out the Instagram post below of 6′ 9″ Hafþór Björnsson breaking his own world record for weight-over-bar at the Arnold Classic. Hafþór is a former basketball player who is also known for playing The Mountain on HBO Game of Thrones.

Hafþór’s record wasn’t the only one to come out of the event. The Arnold Record Breaker’s event was sponsored by Rogue and also featured 6′ 8″ Brian Shaw setting a new record in the stone lift, clearing 555 pounds of concrete stone over a 4 foot barrier.

Eddie Hall – at a comparatively short 6′ 2″ – set a record on the first day of the festival’s strongman events, pulling a new world record on Rogue’s specially-designed elephant deadlift bar.

Now if you’ll excuse us, we’ve got some mass to build.

David Tao

David Tao

BarBend's Co-Founder and Editorial Director, David is a veteran of the health & fitness industry, with nearly a decade of experience building and running editorial teams in the space. He also serves as a color commentator for both National and International weightlifting competitions, many through USA Weightlifting.

David graduated from Harvard University and served for several years as Editorial Director/Chief Content Officer of In addition to his work in the health & fitness industry, David has been a writer for Fortune and, as well as a contributor to, Slate, and numerous other outlets across the web and in print. He's especially passionate about the intersection of strength sports and quality, professional media coverage — overlapping interests shared by the BarBend editorial team and which drive their content strategy each and every day.

David is a proud Kentucky native. In his free time, David is a voiceover actor and can be heard in animated films, independent shorts, music videos, commercials, and podcasts.

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