About RGA

RGA (Raw Gym Athletics) stands for the foundation of our concept; raw strength athletics based on classic barbell training.


Back in 2012, we noticed a lack of strength competitions that could compare athletes of different size, gender and age. We initiated a project to fill this void.

To do this we had to establish a reliable method for measuring relative strength. We also had to identify the appropriate exercises. This lead to a few years of research and statistical analysis within strength athletics.

The result; a barbell weight calculator that calculate a barbell load based on body weight, gender and age.

Where are we now?

Today we organise a competition called “Barbell Challenge”. What separates it from other competitions is that men and women of any size and age can compete together .

There are currently two disciplines; Barbell Challenge Light (prev. High Rep) and Heavy (prev. Low Rep), which each consist of five events; Squat, paused Bench Press, Deadlift, strict Overhead Press and Bench Row. The goal is to complete as many reps as possible within a given time.

You can compete either at our Live events or Online by send us your videos for judging.

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