The log press is a unique event to strongman. While many of the other events are trained in the gym or used for general conditioning its rare that you’ll find a log presser that doesn’t have an interest in strongman. The idea is simple, get the log from the floor to overhead. Unlike a conventional barbell overhead lift the log is cumbersome, making it difficult to get into the correct position to press. On top of this a log requires a neutral grip, something that will seem unnatural to the uninitiated.
In competition the log press is usually for maximum weight, most repetitions in 75 seconds or as part of a medley of overhead lifts.
Big Z is the accepted champion of the log press. His current record stands at 220kg set at the World’s Strongest Man 2012 final.