How to Perform the Stone to Shoulder

How to Perform the Stone to Shoulder

As mentioned in an earlier article, The Atlas Strength Shop will be hosting our first strongman competition at the Twin Peaks in Baton Rouge, LA on May 23rd, 2020. Just like we did for The Swamp Monster Shootout last year, we will be doing an article on each individual movement in the event. This time I’m doing it in order or most requested, that way athletes will have the most time to hammer out each event. The first event we’ll be doing is the Stone to Shoulder.

So, What are the Rules?

The rules are simple. Each competitor will have two minutes to load three stones from the ground to their shoulders and show control. The competitors must start from the lightest to the heaviest stone. Tacky will be allowed.

So, What’s the Best Way to Shoulder the Stones

The first steps of shouldering a stone are very similar to loading a stone.

Step 1: Approach the stone and line the first knuckle on your big toes up with the center of the stone. With straight arms and splayed fingers reach down and grab the stone as close to underneath the stone as you can.

Step 2: Begin to deadlift the stone until it is past your knees. Instep one of your feet to create a shelf and pull the stone into your lap.

Step 3: Switch your hand position to reach over the stone around the 10 and 2 position. Load your hamstrings and then violently throw your hips forward while rolling the stone up your body.

Step 4: When the stone reaches its apex, reposition one of your hands (the hand opposite to the shoulder you intend to reach and continue rolling up to the shoulder and find the balance point. Once you’ve found the balance point, remove the opposite hand and bring it out to your side until you’re given the down command.

So, there you have it. That’s how you perform the stone to shoulder. If you liked this article, then make sure you come back next Monday for the next one. Also don’t forget to like us on Facebook here and follow us on Instagram here. If you want to know more about the 1st Annual Rougarou Classic, the competition that this movement is appearing in, then click here. As always if you have any questions feel free to shoot me at email at

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Cameron Ray