A good way to think of strongman training is a combination of factors which include Crossfit and Powerlifting.
Strongmen have a focus on absolute strength, however, they are functional athletes that have to cover many disciplines. There is less variety to their events compared with a CrossFit athlete, which means they are able to focus on training specific lifts/events more frequently.
While most strongmen are not concerned about keeping their weight down, they generally look to build muscle size (hypertrophy) as well as absolute strength thanks to CNS stimulation.
Many strongman events do have a large cardiovascular factor, which is why strongmen must ensure they have the adequate aerobic capacity and that these attributes are training regularly.
Bulk Ambassador Dave Napper is a powerlifter and strongman who trains for absolute strength in the gym. Dave has completed car walks and lifted seriously heavy atlas stones in the many strongman events he’s competed in.
Strongman events are extremely taxing on the body and require not only strength but correct form and skill as well as mental focus. This is where supplementation can be beneficial
Dave's top products for strongmen include Carb+ as a balanced source of fuel during training and competitions, Muscle Food 101 to promote serious muscle growth and recovery, Acetyl Carnitine to assist with mental focus under extreme conditions and Creatine Monohydrate to promote strength and muscle size.