November 9, 2019

Each fall we look forward to the cooling weather, the bucket loads of candy, and lifting heavy things in ridiculous costumes at A Viking Halloween in Morgantown, WV at Viking Performance Training. With the help of our title sponsor Apex Counseling, we were able to once...

October 21, 2019

Queen City’s Strongest 2019 is in the books! A sold out roster enjoyed/suffered through 5 grueling events in Concord, NC at Norse Fitness on 10/13, and the day was a blast from top to bottom. 

The fun began when the Mystery Event was revealed in my favorite fashion – ov...

October 8, 2019

1998, Buckhannon, WV. The anticipation every month for the next issues of Flex Magazine, Muscle Mag International, Muscle and Fitness, and Muscular Development built from the moment I finished the current issue. I knew I loved lifting, bodybuilding was what had the spo...

November 22, 2018

In the halls of ancient catacombs, a dark pact was made between the men of the mountains and southern tribes. A coalition was formed to recruit the strongest warriors in the land for a tournament to crown the mightiest amongst them. The winners would be Queen City's St...

October 4, 2018

The little town of Elkins, WV is steeped in tradition, with historic landmarks scattered about, annual festivals many years running, and a distinctive Appalachian culture passed down generation to generation. The dialect, the food, the art, everything about the area ha...

September 12, 2018

Motivation, inspiration, and reasoning tend to vary from one person to the next. Why would someonewant to compete in something like America’s Strongest Viking? For some, it was the lure of the ultimatechallenge, to desire to face odds so dire that most would shrink awa...

July 26, 2018

TEEN NATIONALS JULY 21, 2018 

West Virginia is an amazing place full of amazing people, and this is evident in strength athletics as much as anywhere. Many do not realize that within the last generation or two WV has produced world champions in timber sports, arm wrestl...

July 15, 2018

Summer Raid Weekend! The Viking Highlander July 8, 2018

Saturday kicked off the Summer Raid Weekend 2018, and USA Powerlifting was in the house to get us rolling on day 1. Flashback to August of 2014: the first Summer Raid took place as the inaugural competition at the...

May 31, 2018

Strongman is typically an individual sport. Much like MMA or boxing, you may have training partners,you may have coaches, but at the end of the day when it’s “go time” it is only you that steps in front ofthe judges. Every year on Memorial Day weekend though, strongman...