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2022 Rogue’s Invitational Was Insane – Here’s the Highlights

The 2022 Rogue Invitational took place over the weekend, bringing together some of the world’s top-performing athletes from two separate but equally mighty arenas of strength sports: fitness and strongman.

This was the fourth year Rogue Fitness hosted the event, which has become one of the most highly anticipated competitions in the fitness community.

2022 Rogue’s Invitational Was Insane - Here’s the Highlights
2022 Rogue’s Invitational Was Insane – Here’s the Highlights

This year’s event featured some of the biggest names in fitness and Strongman, including defending champion Justin Medeiros and past attendees Chandler Smith and Jeffrey Adler. With a prize purse of over $1 million up for grabs, this year’s Invitational is sure to be a heated competition.

In addition to the prize money, Rogue Fitness has also provided hotel accommodation and airfare for all competitors, making it one of the most generous events in terms of athlete support. 


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2022 Rogue Invitational Fitness Leaderboard

This is the overall leaderboard for both the Men’s and Women’s divisions. Keep scrolling for event results.


  1. Justin Medeiros — 735
  2. Chandler Smith — 720 
  3. Jeffrey Adler — 715
  4. Patrick Vellner — 705
  5. Roman Khrennikov — 690
  6. Björgvin Guðmundsson — 620
  7. Jayson Hopper — 615
  8. Samuel Kwant — 580
  9. Noah Ohlsen — 570
  10. Ricky Garard — 555
  11. Jonne Koski — 550
  12. Nick Mathew — 535
  13. Jorge Fernandez — 420
  14. Cole Sager — 420
  15. Henrik Haapalainen — 405
  16. Saxon Panchik — 385
  17. Scott Tetlow — 365
  18. Scott Tetlow — 335
  19. Jack Farlow — 325
  20. Lazar Ðukić — 225


  1. Laura Horvath — 760
  2. Annie Thorisdottir — 705
  3. Emma Lawson — 670
  4. Ellie Turner — 670
  5. Gabriela Migala — 645
  6. Amanda Barnhart — 620
  7. Kara Saunders — 610
  8. Alexis Raptis — 580
  9. Danielle Brandon — 575
  10. Arielle Loewen — 560
  11. Manon Angonese — 555
  12. Dani Speegle — 545
  13. Emma McQuaid — 535
  14. Matilde Garnes — 520
  15. Carolyn Prevost — 410
  16. Olivia Kerstetter — 360
  17. Jacqueline Dahlstrøm — 340
  18. Bailey Rogers — 330
  19. Anikha Greer — 310
  20. Andrea Solberg — 225

Justin Medeiros is the new dominant athlete in fitness. He cemented his second win at an invitational with a 15 point margin, topping it all by 735 points to capture this title for himself and show us what’s coming soon enough!

The field opened up considerably when six-time Games champion Tia Clair Toomey did not compete at the Rogue Invitational this year. However, her absence was compensated for by Laura Horvath who placed first overall in her first win after dominating two events!

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What’s New This Year?

Not everything is as expected this year at Rogue. There are some new additions to the fitness programming that are sure to excite spectators and athletes alike.

New equipment:

Monkey Bars: Most well known for their appearance at the 2013 fitness Games in the iconic “Killer Kage” workout.

The Turtle (Bag): This is almost definitely a brand new ‘bag’ Rogue has come up with for this event. It falls in the long line of Rogue created objects to be named after animals (the Worm, the Pig, the Snail, the Slug, the Alpaca, etc.).

Three Days, 10 Scored Events

The most days of competition Rogue has had in the past is three. The most scored events Rogue had ever had before is eight. This year, competitors saw a 25-percent increase in the number of competition days and a 20-percent increase in the total number of opportunities athletes have to earn points. 

Strongman Path to Victory

The 2022 Rogue Strongman Invitational was set to take place from Oct. 28-29 in Round Rock, Texas, as a part of the four-day Rogue Invitational, which featured both a strongman and fitness competition.

Ten of the world’s top strongmen were vying for the largest prize purse in the sport by battling across six events over those two days of competition.

Two years after retiring from the sport of strongman to pursue a boxing career, Hafthor “The Mountain” Björnsson traveled to the 2022 Rogue Invitational in Austin, TX, to break his own Weight Over Bar World Record.

2022 Rogue invitational Strongman Leaderboard

  1. OIeksii Novikov — 49.5 points
  2. Trey Mitchell — 48 points
  3. Mitchell Hooper — 43.5 points
  4. Martins Licis — 37.5 points
  5. Pavlo Nakonechnyy — 35 points
  6. Bobby Thompson — 27.5 points
  7. Maxime Boudreault — 27 points
  8. Rob Kearney — 25 points
  9. Eythor Ingolfsson Melsted — 22.5 points
  10. Kevin Faires — 14.5 points

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Ihor Shymechko

Author: Ihor Shymechko
Pro Olympic Weightlifter, Coach

Experience: 26 years
Best Results: Snatch – 208 kg,
C&J – 240 kg

Ihor has been a professional weightlifter since 1996, boasting over two decades of competition experience. His notable achievements include clinching the European Championship in 2009 and securing a silver medal in the 105kg division at the Senior World Championships in 2011. Ihor represented his country in the 2008, 2012, and 2016 Summer Olympics. After retiring from competitive weightlifting, he transitioned to coaching, leveraging his vast experience to guide athletes who now compete on both national and international stages.

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