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 against each other .

There are currently three Barbell Challenges; Light and Heavy , 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. The third discipline is RGA 1RM Challenge where you lift as heavy as possible for one rep max (1RM).

There is also a new competition under development called RGA WL Challenge where the goal is to perform as many cleans and jerks as possible for two minutes each. More info will be up shortly.

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

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