Those visually interesting elements make strongman more risky in some ways, given that you have to contort your body into less natural positions to grab, say, the edge of a car you're lifting versus a straight barbell. Most of the classic lifting moves you've seen—the squat, the deadlift, and the bench press—are part of a sport called powerlifting, which only ever involves holding onto a standard issue barbell. Strongman includes some elements of powerlifting, but it's different in a crucial way. "Powerlifting is pretty strict, whereas strongman is pretty much anything and everything," says Sam Spinelli, a physical therapist and strongman. "It's pretty much lifting odd objects, so it goes into more unique ranges of motion and has more ways the weight is loaded."