Ever heard of barbell juggling? I just put up a new article at Breaking Muscle on this forgotten art.
Of all the forgotten lifts I’ve covered, this activity is perhaps the oddest of the bunch and one you see even less often than the others – and for good reason. You probably haven’t heard of barbell juggling because almost no one does it. Even among old-time strongman it was something only performed by a few.
Barbell juggling does not actually involve juggling multiple barbells at one time, but like kettlebell juggling involves the throwing, catching, spinning, and lifting of a single barbell in novel ways. It is not a single exercise, but a grouping of different techniques, some of which are explained below.