Why You Should Listen to Strongman Odd Haugen

Dan Kallen
Director of Content, Coaches Only
Business, CrossFit

Odd Haugen is 66 years old, and he is stronger than you.


Okay, maybe not stronger in every way, but almost certainly stronger than most in some way: grip strength, MAS wrestling skills, or handling Thor Hammers, atlas stones, or Thomas Inch dumbbells.


And while that’s impressive, Odd is also approachable, intelligent, and articulate. His knowledge of the fitness industry spans from childhood to beyond getting his AARP card in the mail. He was an early entrant into fitness higher education, an early Gold’s Gym owner and operator, and worked with 24-Hour Fitness during the organization’s early days. He’s also spent decades travelling the world as a competitor and coach, and he’s not slowing down anytime soon.


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