After a stellar breakout strongman season in 2022, Hooper is barely elevating (err, leg-pressing) the bar greater.
There are scorching streaks, after which there’s the scorching path of triumph Mitchell Hooper left behind in 2022. In his debut yr as knowledgeable strongman, Hooper earned eight podium finishes in 9 contests and gained two of his final three competitions, together with the 2022 Giants Live World Tour Finals and the 2022 Arnold Strongman Classic UK. He started 2023 with a victory within the 2023 Australia’s Strongest International (ASI). Now, as Hooper’s subsequent skilled show looms on the horizon, his strength makes it seem to be he’s unstoppable.
On Feb. 19, 2023, Hooper posted an Instagram video the place he accomplished a 771-kilogram (1,700-pound) leg press for eight reps. The leg training is probably going a part of the elite competitor’s ongoing preparation for the 2023 Arnold Strongman Classic in Columbus, OH. Set to happen on Mar. 2-5, 2023, the famed competitors will characteristic different superstars like defending two-time World’s Strongest Man (WSM) champion Tom Stoltman and his brother Luke, in addition to two-time WSM runner-up Mateusz Kieliszkowski.
Outrageous showcases of energy, inside or exterior a sanctioned strongman context, are nothing new for Hooper. The athlete has stored busy in 2023, log-pressing 195 kilograms (430 pounds) for two reps in mid-February. A variation of the standard strongperson Log Press will seem on the 2023 ASC as “The Austrian Oak.” Whether or not this occasion will probably be for reps or a max weight is unclear. Nonetheless, be it together with his arms, shoulders, or legs, it seems Hooper is getting ready for something which may come on his plate in early March.
When the 2023 ASC concludes, Hooper will possible shift his focus to intense preparation for the 2023 World’s Strongest Man (WSM), unsurprisingly plagued by a constellation of strongman stars. After blitzing the 2022 version as a rookie, incomes eighth place general, he’ll undoubtedly look to construct on these spectacular outcomes together with his first-ever WSM title. The one exception this time is that Hooper most likely gained’t catch anybody off guard as a relative unknown.
Training feats apart, Hooper has been sharing occasional instructing movies about correct lifting strategies. One of many extra notable was the Canadian strongman strolling by how to lift a famed Atlas Stone in an environment friendly, secure method. It appears if he has the data, he’s prepared to appropriately unfold the wealth.
This yr figures to be a monumental one in Hooper’s profession. He’s already gained a big foothold within the strongman sphere. Now, it’s about constructing a prolific legacy of success that looks like it’s solely simply starting.
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