How to Train for Steinholding


Steinholding is a sport with elements of both strength and endurance, so any successful long-term training regimen needs to approach it accordingly. Like just about any other physical activity, doing it over and over and over again is the best way to get better at it. But there are also ways to to improve your time quickly by focusing on your form and following some of our simple guidelines.

As anyone who has held a stein for more than a couple minutes can tell you, steinholding is also a mental battle - not really against the other competitors but against yourself. The first time you raise that stein up, you'll probably start out thinking: "This isn't so bad. I can totally do this. For a good while." Pretty quickly though, you'll realize that your body simply does not want you to be a part of this activity.

Your shoulder will be the first thing that you start to lose control of and it will be a fight to keep your elbow locked and your arm straight out. If you last a little longer your upper back and then lower back will start to tense up. Your hand and arm will start to shake even as you put 100% of your body and mind into keeping them steady.

If it was just weakness you were fighting, none of this would be so bad. But after a couple of minutes, you are going to be fighting miserable discomfort and then eventually straight up pain for the remainder of the hold until you give up or your body fails you. Don't worry though, because all of the other competitors are going to be feeling the same thing. The key is to just be better prepared than they are.

With a basic understanding of the sport and a few practice runs before hand, you'll feel way more comfortable and have a much better chance of bringing home the win. Whether you are looking to enter your first local competition or you are thinking this is the year you take it all the way to States, we're here to help with training tips so check out some of our articles below.

Articles on How to Train for Steinholding

Special Preparations for a Championship Finals Competition

If you're a newcomer to the state or national finals, the experience can be a little overwhelming. We've got the tips you need to be smart about preparations so you can bring your A-game.

Training Techniques for Steinholding

Get started here to learn the difference between a Practice Hold and a Training Hold and watch your personal record BLOW UP.

Steinholding Weight Training Exercises

Second in importance only to frequent and intense Training Holds, incorporating strength training and endurance weight training is the best way to help you improve your Steinholding times. We share our proven techniques here.

Steinholding Training Schedule

When it comes to training, you need to be smart and do some planning so that you get the most bang for your buck. Check out our approach to help put together your training plan.

Understanding the Physiology of Steinholding

Understanding what's happening during Steinholding at a deeper level is key to tailoring a successful training program.

Best Steinholding Equipment and Apparel

When you are trying to outlast the competition, you want every little bit of help you can get. Here are our recommendations for equipment.

Steinholding Game-Day Preparations

No matter how much training you do leading up to a Steinholding competition, there are certain things you need to do on game day to ensure your victory!
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