The Barbell Games

The 2023 Barbell Games is the first ever sports festival in Springfield, MO, presented by GP Athletics.  The Barbell Games will be held at the Ozark Empire Fair Grounds in a massive 38,000sq ft building on April 29th, 2023. The Barbell Games will house 4 sports with over 200 athletes and 600+ spectators. 


Sports Featured:

Powerlifting- Sanctioned through USPA
The USPA is the largest powerlifting federation created by lifters, for lifters. With over 400 competitions nationwide, lifters from all skill levels are provided an opportunity to showcase their efforts in a safe and competitive environment.

Sign up for the USPA meet here: Upcoming Events - USPA

Strongman- Sanctioned through Strongman Corporation
Strongman Corporation is the organization creating, managing and promoting the popular Strongman events, the foundation for amateur and professional strength sport competitions. American Strongman Corporation (ASC) is the sole sanctioning and governing body for the sport of professional strongman in the United States. North American Strongman Inc. (NAS) is the premier amateur strongman corporation in the world.  BE STRONG!


Sign up for the strongman competition here: Iron Podium

Weightlifting- Sanctioned through USAW
The mission of USA Weightlifting is to support United States athletes in achieving excellence in Olympic and world competition, and to support, promote and educate a diverse and inclusive community of weightlifting and the use of the barbell in the United States.

Sign up for the weightlifting meet here: Registration not open

Functional Fitness- Organized through GP Athletics
GP Athletics is Springfield's Premier Strength Gym. With athletes on every level of competition, from beginners to world record holders, the goal is to share their passion for the strength industry and get more individuals involved using a barbell to get stronger. Sitting at a huge 13,000sq ft, GP Athletics is the most equipped facility in Springfield, MO. With 40+ machines, 33 places to squat, bench, and deadlift as well as 3,000sq ft of strongman equipment. GP 
Athletics holds true to being Springfield’s Premier Strength Gym.  

Sign up for the functional fitness competition here: Registration not open

For any questions, please email

Interested in Sponsoring or becoming a Vendor?

There is not another event held in Missouri that will help grow and promote your business like this one! Please email for the sponsorship packet and options. 


Sports Event Info:

Strongman- Sanctioned through Strongman Corporation

TIME: 9am Start Time (Contestants Check-in 8am)

WEIGH-INS: Friday, April 28th, 7am-6pm 


WEIGH-INS LOCATION:  GP Athletics, 3119 S Scenic Ave Ste B Springfield, MO 65807

IG: @The_Barbell_Games


If there are 2-5 athletes a class: 

1st place - Nationals (2023) and Regionals (2024) invites 

2nd - Regionals (2023) 

3rd - Regionals (2023) 


If there are 6+ athletes in a class: 

1st - Nationals (2023) and Regionals (2024) 

2nd - Nationals (2023) and Regionals (2024) 

3rd - Regionals (2024) 

4th - Regionals (2024) 


A licensed event does not have a minimum or maximum total number of competitors required. Competition events and weights are at the discretion of the promoter. Expense money or supplements can be awarded. 


Press Medley: Circus - Axle - Log

Conan's Wheel for Distance

Yoke: 80' with turn at 40'

Carrying Medley: Farmers - Duck Walk - Power stairs

Sandbag Throw Over Bar

Functional Fitness- Organized through GP Athletics

-Teams of 2, Same sex teams! (MM) (FF)

-One day long competition with 6 lanes. All teams will compete in 4 workouts in a 1 day event.

-RX and Scaled Divisions

Movement Standards RX

Wall Balls (20/14)

Toes To Bar Hang Snatches (135/95)

Front Squats (135/95)

Bar Facing Burpees

Shoulder To Overhead (135/95)

Box Jump Overs (30/24)

KB Swings (70/55)

Deadlifts (155/135)

Sandbag Carries (200/150)

Thrusters (95/65)

Movement Standards SCALED

Wall Balls (14/10)

Hanging Knee Raises Hang Snatches (115/75)

Front Squats (95/65)

Bar Over Burpees

Shoulder To Overhead (95/65)

Box Jump Overs (24/20)

KB Swings (55/35)

Deadlifts (135/95)

Sandbag Carries (150/100)

Thrusters (75/55



Refund Policy:

Entry fees will not be refunded for a rescheduled or postponed event and will not be refunded for any other reasons.