August 19, 2023

United States Strongest 2023


Austin, TX

AUSTIN BAD A$$ GYMS is Proud to Present:

United States Strongest -2023


There will be a little bit of everything at the Austin Fit Fest, so bring the whole family!

As always, we will have fun for both competitors and spectators alike: 

  • Vendors
  • Live DJ
  • Food
  • Badass Trophies with Cash Prizes



USS MEMBERSHIPS CAN BE PURCHASED AT THE FOLLOWING LINK: USS Membership | usstrongmaninc (unitedstatesstrongman.com)




Meet Director: Aaron Moeller

Executives: Robert Impastato & Esther Chou

Contact: Aaron Moeller  / amoellercf@gmail.com

Entry Deadline: Entry Deadline: Entries will be taken until the day before the event. Early Bird Pricing is available through August 5, 2023. After August 5, 2023, registration will be $99.


---- Venue ----

Palmer Event Center 

900 Barton Springs Rd, Austin, TX 78704


---- TIME ----

Athlete Meeting (Mandatory) - 8:15 AM

Contest Start Time - 9:00 AM


---- WEIGH INS ----

1. Friday August 18th, 2023 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM and 5:00 PM - 8:00 Big Tex Gym

1921 Cedar Bend Dr, Austin, TX


2. Saturday August 19th, 2023 7:30 AM - 8:30 AM at Palmer Event Center:

900 Barton Springs Rd, Austin, TX 78704


---- COMP SHIRT ----

Must enter before August 5, 2023 to guarantee a FREE contest shirt, ALL athletes must wear contest shirt on the day of competition to fulfill our sponsors' contractual obligations. Shirt will be for sale @ $20 on event day for athletes and $25 for spectators.


---- SPECTATORS -----




Discounted Hotel Room Link:



----- AWARDS -----

Champion Belt, $400 Cash Prize, Bragging Right will be presented to top overall male and top overall female as calculated by Iron Podium.

Medals and Goodie bags for 1st-3rd place in all divisions/classes. 

$200 will be awarded to 1st place open classes with 5 or more athletes.

***There must be 5 in each weight class for the cash prize***


$500 for 1st place male and female in Pro Class

$300 for 2nd place male and female in Pro Class

$200 for 3rd place male and female in Pro Class

Winner of the Pro Class goes to Pro Internationals as well!

Podium finishers in the Pro Class Qualify for USS Nationals 2024!


***Pro class must have a minimum 6 athletes to receive an invite. 

***Minimum of 5 to receive prize money to the top 3, but no invite.

If there are 4 or less, you can go into your respective weight class in the amateurs for a chance to win prize money there and go to amateur's nationals.



*Divisions/weight classes will be combined if there are fewer than 5 competitors

Weight classes:

Novice Women (combined class)

LW Open Women <132>

MW Open Women <165>

HW Open Women <181>

SHW Open Women >181

Masters Women (combined class)

Hero LW Women <165>

Hero HW Women >165


Novice Men (combined class)

LE Open Men <181>

LW Open Men <198>

MW Open Men <220>

HW Open Men <242>

HW Open Men <275>

SHW Open Men >275

Masters Men (combined class)

Hero LW Men <220>

Hero HW Men >220


---- EVENTS & RULES ----

1.) Conan’s Wheel (for distance)

60 second time limit

Athletes, feel free to start with your arms under the bar ready to go.   Once given the start command, lift the implement and walk in a circle until you drop the weight, it's really that simple.  Total distance will be measured.  Athlete who carries the Conan Wheel the farthest wins...like that scene in 'Conan the Barbarian' where Arnold pushes the mill axle for like 15 years & somehow develops a Mr. O physique. 

Only the plate weight is listed in the event weights matrix.  The apparatus weight is not included, so please don't ask this at the rules meeting. Or do, 

Allowed: Belts, wrist wraps, elbow and knee sleeves, chalk, grippy shirts (none from those other strongman folks please).

Not Allowed: Suits/briefs, tacky, tacky towel, elbow & knee wraps, grip aids of any kind aside from chalk, this means no liquid chalk either! 

2.) Max Overhead Press from Rack

The athlete will start positioned in front of the barbell loaded on the rack.  When given the start command, the athlete will attempt a single rep.  Muster all you got, bubbas & bubbettes this is a max weight event and the spectators didn't come to see no weaksauce. Wessel's Rules, named after the godfather himself.  The athlete must wait for the judges down command each rep, don't screw yourself out of a good rep by getting ahead of the judge & for goodness sake ya'll, keep your feet still before you rerack the bar. Full lockout and stable feet get you a down command. 

Light bar's gonna start with a cool hundo (100) & we'll add 10 lbs. every time the bar rises. 

Heavy bar will start with 200 and you'll get 20 lbs. added every time the bar rises. 

Now, traditionally the light bar is for the ladies & the heavy bar is for the gents, but you can pick either gender-neutral bar & press that hunk of metal, but once you choose one, you're stuck with it.  Remember, you only get three lifts, so choose wisely.

Equipment Allowed: Belt, soft belt, elbow & knee sleeves, wrist wraps, chalk

Not Allowed: Grip aids of any kind aside from gym chalk, power suits, squat briefs, elbow/knee wraps, springs, levers or pulleys


3.) Super Yoke / Refrigerator Yoke Carry

The athlete will begin in contact with the yoke but the yoke must remain on the ground until the start signal, which is usually the word START, duhhh.  When the person designated to start the event does so, the athlete will pick up the yoke and carry that mofo 25 feet, set it down, turn in their most athletic fashion, pick up the yoke again, and carry that heavy hunk of steel back across the start/finish line.  Now remember strong people, the whole yoke has to cross the turn around line, but just the front of that sumbitch needs to cross the finish line. Drop it as much as you need to, little buddy, but just don't quit. 

Equipment Allowed: Soft Belt, Belt, knee sleeves, knee wraps, kilts, grippy shirts, chalk

Not Allowed: Levers, pulleys, motorized conveyances, super suits, squat briefs (although tighty-whiteys are GTG)


4.) Sandbag Toss

Ladies - chunkin' over a 12 ft bar

Gents -  chiunkin' over a 15 foot bar

60 second time limit

This is a good one - you get to see strongmen run!

Athlete will start with at least one of his/her hands on the thingy the horizontal bars are mounted to...most likely a yoke.  On the start command, the athlete will run over to a sandbag we generously placed handle-up about 15 feet away, throw that cabron backward over the bar, run to where their sandbag landed and throw it back over the bar.  The athlete will continue throwing the bag over the bar until time expires or until they get tired...lookin' at you, super heavies.  

Allowed: Belts, wrist wraps, elbow and knee sleeves, chalk, 

Not Allowed: Suits/briefs, tacky, tacky towel, elbow & knee wraps, grip aids of any kind, springe, catapults, trebuchets, launchers


5.) Harness Truck Pull

Time limit is 60 seconds as per usual.  

We're gonna strap you into a harness & you're gonna pull a big ass military truck about 50 feet on not-so-level concrete. Everyone will have the choice of using a lead rope to help you get started, but if you're a staunch observer of the first rule of strongman (be strong) you can choose not to use the lead rope.  However, if not using the lead rope costs you the event win, that's on you & your ego. We have a couple of small harnesses and a couple Spud Inc harnesses, pick whichever you want BEFORE it's your turn and you should probably tell one of us running the event; we have incredible volunteers, but we didn't get a mind reader.  


Equipment Allowed: Knee sleeves, gloves, and all the usual stuff

Not Allowed: Negative attitude, magic, help from other people, super suits, squat briefs  



Tie Breakers will be determined by countback (ask your coach if you don't know). 


Palmer Events Center
900 Barton Springs Road
Austin, TX 78704
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Aug 19, 2023 

Start Time
9:00 AM

Meet Director
Aaron Moeller

Palmer Events Center
900 Barton Springs Rd
Austin, TX 78704
View Map
Aug 19, 2023

Start Time
9:30 AM
Meet Director
Aaron Moeller

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Events and Weights
Division Conan's WheelMax Overhead Press From RackSuper Yoke/Fridge carrySandbag Throw Over BarHarness Truck PullTie Breaker
Novice Women (Single Class)200Max35025Army Cargo TruckTBD
Open W LW (132-)180MAX33025Army Cargo TruckTBD
Open W MW (165-)200MAX37525Army Cargo TruckTBD
Open W SHW (+)240MAX42035Army Cargo TruckTBD
Masters Women (Single Class)180MAX33025Army Cargo TruckTBD
Hero Women (Single Class)180MAX33025Army Cargo TruckTBD
Novice Men (Single Class)300MAX50035Army Cargo TruckTBD
Open M LW (181-)300MAX50035Army Cargo TruckTBD
Open M MW (220-)330MAX55035Army Cargo TruckTBD
Open M HW (242-)360MAXFridges (600)40Army Cargo TruckTBD
Open M HW (275-)360MAXFridges (600)40Army Cargo TruckTBD
Open M SHW (308-)380MAXFridges +10050Army Cargo TruckTBD
Open M SHW (+)380MAXFridges + 100 lb50Army Cargo TruckTBD
Masters Men (Single Class)280MAX50035Army Cargo TruckTBD
Hero Men (Single Class)280MAX50035Army Cargo TruckTBD

Early Bird Price
Available until Aug 06, 2023

Regular Price
Registration Closes Aug 18, 2023

Refund Policy
No refunds.
This event is limited to 60 athletes.
27 spots remain.