StrongHawk | Recreational Services
The University of Iowa


The StrongHawk competition is the first of its kind held at the University of Iowa! This is a strongman competition that will require strength, power, toughness, and extreme grit to finish. Competitors will be competing in five different events over the span of the event.  Participants must be 18 years of age or older to compete.


The 2020 StrongHawk compeition has been canceled.


Weight Classes


  • Light Weight: up to 144.99 lbs
  • Middle Weight: 150 lbs - 179.99 lbs
  • Heavy Weight: 180 lbs and up 


  • Light Weight: up to 184.99 lbs
  • Middle Weight: 185 lbs - 219.99 lbs
  • Heavy Weight: 220 lbs and up


  • Deadlift for Reps: Athlete will deadlift a predetermined weight for as many reps as possible in 1 minute
  • Truck Pull: A truck will be attached to a harness that the competitor will wear. The competitor will pull the truck down a 50 ft. track. Time to completion is recorded. 
  • Press Medley: Athlete will perform a single rep on a predetermined weight circus bell, and then move on to the log press implement for as many rounds as possible in 1 minute.
  • Yoke and Frame Carry: Athlete will take the yoke down a 50 ft course, and carry the frame back with predetermined weights.
  • Atlas Stones: Athlete will load a single stone over a yoke bar placed at an appropriate height.



Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact Recreational Services in advance at ​319-335-9293.


Check back next year to register for the 2021 event!