February 18, 2023

GRIT Strength Challenge


Ocala, FL

The GRIT Strength Challenge is a Strongman challenge utilizing primitive objects that were available during the Florida Seminole War period of 1817 thru 1858. This event will take place February 18th, 2023

The event location for the Grit Strength Challenge will be the restored Fort King in Ocala, Florida, site of the start of the 2nd Seminole War. This is entirely an outdoor event.

This will be a unique competition and is designed so all fitness levels can participate. Athletes will be challenged to move objects over distance similar to what would have been used during the 1800’s: Logs, barrels, sandbags and more will be used to test you.

Besides GRIT being an amazingly awesome event, GRIT is a fundraiser for Fort King National Historic Landmark. Fort King is a 42 acre park in Ocala and the park’s mission is to provide a space that educates the public about the Seminole Wars and the natural resources in our area. We have finished the first phase of our project by constructing the Fort walls and blockhouses on the very site the Fort stood around 200 years ago. 50% of the proceeds of this event will go towards special projects and programming at Fort King. These projects and programs will provide an opportunity for our community to connect on a deeper level to the park. Projects will include support for our Time-period Heritage Garden, youth programming, and forming a Fort King Garrison. Thank you for being a part of GRIT and supporting Fort King National Historic Landmark.


Event Details:

Fingel’s Fingers

120 Seconds:

Max flips in 120 seconds

Log Press   

60 Seconds:

Max reps in 60 seconds

Grip Shirts ok

Stone to Whiskey Barrel Height

For Time:

5 Stones ascending in weight. Load each stone to the top of the barrel. 5’ spacing between Barrels 

no tacky, tacky towels ok, grip shirts ok

Farmer Carry


60 Seconds for time or distance:

Farmer carries 50' down, then Farmer carries 50' back to the start line.

Time will start on the judge's "go" command. Athletes may start with hands ON the Farmer Carry Handles.

Belt, chalk, knee/elbow sleeves, wrist wraps and straps allowed

Suits, tacky/tacky towel, NOT ALLOWED

Unlimited drops

Hercules Hold: 

Athletes will stand on the Hercules Hold platform and grip the chain handles. Volunteers will slowly tension the chains until the Athlete is ready. Athletes will state “release” at which point the volunteers will release the vertical logs. Athletes will then hold position under tension for a max period of time. Athletes will be able to simply “let go” when max time is reached. Score is max time held from the word “release” to drop.

No straps. No grips. No Tacky. No Tacky Towels. Chalk allowed.

Brimstone Medley:

Drag Chain 15’ out, 15’ back, 30’ out, 30’ back, 45’ out

Connect Chain to pull rope

Sprint back

Seated Rope pull the chain back to start 

Reset Rope (Connect to empty Sled)

Carry Sandbag ANY STYLE 15’ out, 15’ back, 30’ out, 30’ back, 45’ out

Load empty Sled with SandBag

Seated rope pull the sled back to start

Load Kaiser Sled with SandBag

Hammer Strike Kaiser Sled one full length of Kaiser Sled to finish Medley

For Time

Power Stairs

For Time:

Move weight from bottom of Tower to top of Tower utilizing a one or two hand grip. Weight cannot be lifted higher than hip on any lift as stairs are ascended.

Return weight to the bottom of the Tower any way, any style.

*Controlled weighted tower descent - no throwing of weight or dragging of weight during descent portion.

Thor’s Hammer

Arms extended, back against the Fort wall. Hammer will be handed to you. Max extended Hammer hold for time.

No straps. No grips. No Tacky. No Tacky Towels. Chalk allowed.


Parking and Athlete Village will be onsite. 

Fort King National Historic Landmark
3925 E Fort King St
Ocala, FL 34470
View Map
Feb 18, 2023

Start Time
8:00 AM
Meet Director
Isabelle Reynolds

Sponsored by

Events and Weights
Division Fingals FingersHercules HoldPower StairsAtlas Stone to HeightThors HammerLog PressField MedleyFarmer Walk
Novice Women (Single Class)2502505075, 100, 125, 150, 1752095100, 50, 115, 5075
Open W LW (132-)2502505075, 100, 125, 150, 1752095100, 50, 115, 5075
Open W MW (165-)3003007575, 100, 125, 150, 17525105100, 75, 125, 75100
Open W HW (198-)3003007575, 100, 125, 150, 17525105100, 75, 125, 75100
Open W SHW (+)35035010075, 100, 125, 150, 17530125100, 100, 165, 100125
Masters Women (Single Class)3003007575, 100, 125, 150, 17525105100, 75, 125, 75100
Novice Men (Single Class)30030075200, 225, 250, 275, 30035180200, 50, 115, 50205
Open M LW (181-)30030075200, 225, 250, 275, 30035180200, 75, 125, 75205
Open M MW (220-)350350 100200, 225, 250, 275, 30040200200, 100, 165, 100225
Open M HW (275-)350350 100200, 225, 250, 275, 30040220200, 100, 165, 100225
Open M SHW (+)400400150200, 225, 250, 275, 30045240200, 150, 215, 150245
Masters Men (Single Class)350350100200, 225, 250, 275, 30040200200, 100, 165, 100225

Early Bird Price
Available until Dec 31, 2022

Regular Price
Registration Closes Jan 26, 2023

Refund Policy
No refunds.
This event is limited to 100 athletes.
100 spots remain.