Watch the Trailer for Rogue’s Movie About the Highland Games

You might not know that Rogue Fitness is in the movie game, but they just released a trailer for their upcoming documentary, Stoneland.

The film focuses on the beloved Scottish tradition of the Highland Games and features footage from 2016’s Aboyne Games. The Games, which are largely a celebration of Scottish history and culture, focus on strength events like the caber toss, hammer throw, and “lazy stick,” a variation of Mas wrestling.

The aim of Rogue’s film is to draw attention to the Stones of Strength, or clach neart, rocks of twenty to thirty pounds which are hurled for distance. It also focuses on clach cuid fir, or Manhood Stones, heavy rocks that are lifted to a certain height or placed on a wall. (Clach cuid fir are clearly relatives of Atlas stones, and the film promises to give plenty of historical context to present day strongman competitions.)


Images via Rogue Fitness on YouTube

The Dinnie Stones, at 734.5 pounds, are the heaviest Manhood Stones in Scotland. The film features an interview with academic and strongwoman Jan Todd, the only woman to have lifted them off the ground.

“All these rituals provided a path for a boy becoming a man,” says a participant in the film, and Stoneland is an effort by Rogue to preserve this history that some fear is slipping away.

“They’re just rocks to anyone else walking past,” says one lifter. “But if you know the history, you know the stories, that’s what makes it awesome.” Watch the full trailer below.

This actually isn’t Rogue’s first foray into full-fledged filmmaking. Last year, they released a thirty-minute documentary about the Basque Country strongmen, whose wood-chopping feats we featured in a recent BarBend article.

Rogue is yet to disclose the release date for Stoneland, but we do know it will be simultaneously released on Facebook and YouTube, where you’ll be able to watch it for free. We’ll keep you posted.

Featured image via Rogue Fitness on YouTube.

Nick English

Nick English

Nick is a content producer and journalist with over seven years’ experience reporting on four continents. His first articles about health were on a cholera outbreak in rural Kenya while he was reporting for a French humanitarian organization. His next writing job was covering the nightlife scene in Shanghai. He’s written on a lot of things.

After Shanghai, he went on to produce a radio documentary about bodybuilding in Australia before finishing his Master’s degrees in Journalism and International Relations and heading to New York City. Here, he’s been writing on health full time for more than five years for outlets like BarBend, Men's Health, VICE, and Popular Science.

No fan of writing in the third person, Nick’s passion for health stems from an interest in self improvement: How do we reach our potential?

Questions like these took him through a lot of different areas of health and fitness like gymnastics, vegetarianism, kettlebell training, fasting, CrossFit, Paleo, and so on, until he realized (or decided) that strength training fit best with the ideas of continuous, measurable self improvement.

At BarBend his writing focuses a little more on nutrition and long-form content with a heaping dose of strength training. His underlying belief is in the middle path: you don’t have to count every calorie and complete every workout in order to benefit from a healthy lifestyle and a stronger body. Plus, big traps are cool.

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