The Canadian sensation is setting PRs as his subsequent contest approaches.
On Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14, 2023, Canadian strongman Mitchell Hooper posted a video of himself log pressing 195 kilograms (430 kilos) for 2 reps on his Instagram web page. The raise is 10 kilograms greater than his competitors file of 185 kilograms (408 kilos), in response to Giants Reside. This feat got here seven months after Hooper managed to perform two reps with 184 kilograms (406 kilos) in coaching.
After bringing the log to his knees and cleansing it as much as the shoulders, Hooper started the press, however he briefly stalled halfway by way of the rep. After powering it as much as a lockout place, he lowered the log to mats and took a number of breaths earlier than starting the following repetition. The second rep took even longer to lock out, however he managed to take action efficiently.
“Issues are heating up. All is correct on monitor.”
Hooper is making ready to compete within the 2023 Arnold Strongman Classic, set to happen Mar. 2-5, 2023 in Columbus, OH. One occasion confirmed for the competitors is the Austrian Oak — a log press occasion named after the competition’s namesake, Arnold Schwarzenegger. It’s unclear as of this writing whether or not the occasion might be for max reps, max weight, or one other format.
Within the 2022 Arnold Strongman Basic, Luke Stoltman gained the Austrian Oak Log Raise occasion by urgent 213.1 kilograms (470 kilos) over his head. Stoltman might be competing on this yr’s contest, as will Log Press American file holder (217.5 kilograms/479.5 kilos) Bobby Thompson.
When the identical occasion appeared in the course of the 2019 Arnold Strongman Basic, rivals have been requested to carry out most repetitions inside a 90-second time restrict. Within the caption of the Instagram put up, Hooper reported that it took him 50 seconds to finish each reps. This will likely point out that both Hooper expects a return to the “reps for time” format or that he’s centered on constructing each power and endurance as an elite strongman.
Hooper goes into this Arnold Strongman Basic with momentum on his facet. In January 2023, he won Australia’s Strongest International contest. Two months previous to that, he positioned first within the 2022 Giants Live World Tour Finals in Glasgow, Scotland. Hooper was additionally the 2022 Arnold Strongman UK winner.
Hooper is taken into account by many strongman followers and specialists to be one of many fastest rising stars within the sport. That was emphasised after he positioned first in Group 2 of the 2022 World’s Strongest Man, and finally positioned eighth within the finals. This might be his first Arnold Strongman Basic contest, and he’s already confirmed to be one of many entrants for the 2023 World’s Strongest Man, set to happen Apr. 19-23 in Myrtle Seashore, SC.
Ticket and pay-per-view info for the 2023 Arnold Strongman Basic may be discovered at www.arnoldsports.com.
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