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2018 Arnold Classic Recap

That’s a wrap. The 30th Arnold Sports Festival drew hundreds of thousands of spectators from around the world to downtown Columbus for a full week of multi-sport competition. Rogue was again a proud sponsor of the ASC and the primary gear supplier for some of the event’s biggest competitions. Rogue gear was center stage in the strongman and women competitions, Olympic weightlifting, powerlifting, Highland Games, MAS wrestling and CrossFit, as 2018 became the biggest and most-watched Arnold classic ever. Scroll below to watch some amazing feats of strength from over the weekend, as well as some of the coolest custom gear manufactured for the event.


At what is widely regarded as the heaviest contest in the world, Rogue Athlete Hafthor Bjornnson continued his rise through the sport to a first place finish. On his way to victory Thor set a new world record deadlift of 1,041 lbs. during the Rogue Elephant Bar Deadlift event on Saturday.

Watch the Elephant Bar Deadlift:


Record Breakers

Rogue sponsored 4 individual World Record attempts in the Rogue Record Breakers event, manufacturing the implements for each. Strongman Martins Licis broke a hundred year old record by completing a 560lb rockover squat using a replica of the Berg Hantel barbell.

Watch the Berg Hantel Barbell Preview:



Some huge numbers were put up on the Arnold powerlifting platform as well. Super Heavyweight Ray Williams squatted a world record 1,069 lbs. raw, using an Ohio Power Bar and our calibrated steel plates. Williams went on to total a staggering 2,403 lbs. over the weekend.

Watch Nick Weite’s 2018 Road To The Arnold:

Olympic Lifting

Rogue Athlete and decorated lifter CJ Cummings set a new American snatch record with a successful lift of 143 kg, with the Rogue 28mm Pyrros Bar. CJ was competing in the USAW Pan Am Trials session and ended the event 4/6 with a 319 kg total.

Watch olympic lifting highlights:


Highland Games

The traditional Scottish Highland Games competition is a relative newcomer to the Arnold Sports Festival but is quickly becoming a fan-favorite.

Watch Highland Games highlights: