Highland Games: Why It May Be the Sport for You

Article written by Rachelle Reinking After moving beyond the fledgling lifter stage, you may find yourself wanting to compete in a sport. Luckily, there are plenty to choose from: powerlifting, Olympic lifting, strongman, CrossFit, physique, bodybuilding, and more. It can be a little daunting to figure out which one is right for you. Ideally, your chosen sport needs to fit not only your goals, but also your personal and lifestyle needs. Through trial and error, I found my sport in the Scottish Highland games.

The Basics

The American version of the sport features nine throwing events: Braemer stone, open stone, light hammer, heavy hammer, caber toss, sheaf toss, weight for height, lightweight for distance, and heavyweight for distance. Just like field events in track, you are allowed three throwing attempts in the distance events. In height events, you are allowed three attempts at each height from your entry throw until you miss. And yes, you are required to wear a kilt to compete.

If you’re interested in finding a performance-based sport, here are a few reasons why the Highland games may be for you.

  1. There are no weight cuts or gains.

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