Strongman: Cycle 4, Week 4, Day 1

The fourth cycle of Strongman workouts is for anyone who wants to get stronger, prepare for a strongman event, or integrate strongman into regular training.

Welcome to the fourth cycle of Strongman workouts. Before we get started, let me answer some basic questions.

Who is this program intended for?

This strongman program is intended for:

  • Those who want to get stronger
  • Those who want to get ready for a strongman competition
  • Those who want a general strength training program which includes strongman

Why should I train strongman?

Whether you are looking for explosive strength, the ability to lift heavy for multiple reps, or to increase your max lifts, strongman is a fun and effective way to do so. If you are looking for improvements across all three, there is no better alternative. Here are 33 more reasons to train strongman, and what strongman training can teach us about getting strong.

When are the workouts?

The workouts are released every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. However, that doesn’t mean you have to do them on those exact days. My only recommendation is that whenever you start this program, you start from week one, as opposed to jumping in mid-way through the cycle. The programming is progressive and starting from the beginning will ensure the safest and most effective advancement.

What equipment do I need?

The Tuesday and Thursday sessions are purposefully constructed so that you can do them in any respectable gym. No strongman equipment is required on these days.

On the Saturday, you will be doing event training. Ideally, you will have access to some basic strongman equipment for this. The more relevant equipment you have access to, the more you will get out of the program. Otherwise, take a look at these gym-based alternatives.

Where can I find more information and ask questions?

Each day will include notes along with the exercises. These should provide you with all the information you need to get going with this program. Also take a look at my strongman series, for an explanation of strongman events split down by equipment.

Week 4, Day 1

  • Back squat, work up to a 15RM max for 1 set
  • Strict press: Work up to 3RM for 6 sets across
  • Clean grip pulls from hang: Work up to 3RM for 5 sets across
  • Ab work of choice: 10 minutes


  • Back squat should be taken up to a technical max for one set. Use the same weight as you used for Week 2, Day 1.
  • Strict press should be taken up to a weight you know you will be able to perform with near perfect form for all six sets.
  • Clean grips pulls should be taken up to a weight you know you will be able to perform with good form for all five sets. Start from mid-thigh, accelerate the bar and be explosive at the top.
  • Ab work should be broken down into suitable sets and performed as continuously as possible for ten minutes.