The champion is already getting ready for his subsequent contest.
2023 World’s Strongest Man (WSM) and 2023 Arnold Strongman Classic champion Mitchell Hooper wasted no time getting again to work and getting ready for his subsequent contest. Hooper can be one among 12 males competing within the 2023 Giants Live Strongman Classic (GLSC), on the iconic Royal Albert Corridor in London, England on July 8, 2023. By all accounts, Hooper seemed to be wholesome and locked in mentally when he shared a latest coaching video.
On Might 15, 2023, Hooper posted an Instagram Reel of himself performing standing barbell overhead presses in a squat rack with resistance bands hooked up to the bar and rack.
Hooper revealed within the put up feedback that he measured the resistance utilized by the bands and confirmed that he was working with a complete weight of 184 kilograms (405.7 kilos) on the backside of the rep and 200 kilograms (440 kilos) within the lockout place. That weight contains the barbell itself, which was loaded to 174.6 kilograms (385 kilos).
Within the video, he’s seen taking a large stance contained in the rack whereas carrying a weightlifting belt, wrist wraps, and elbow sleeves. Hooper carried out three reps and held the ultimate repetition locked overhead for a couple of additional moments earlier than returning the bar to the rack. Within the put up caption, Hooper shared why he was utilizing this specific train — to construct triceps-focused lockout strength.
“Engaged on good, stable lockouts. Time to maintain pushing.”
This strategy could also be a smart one for the Canadian strongman as a result of one of many occasions listed for the upcoming GLSC is the Viking Press, which requires rivals to carry out a standing shoulder press with handles at shoulder-level and heavy objects set on an equipment behind them. The athlete should be capable to carry out the press and lockout their elbows with out having to bend their knees to generate additional drive — often known as “double dipping.”
Hooper was strategically utilizing bands on the barbell, which supplied extra resistance as he pressed the load upward. This pressured him to work tougher to attain the lockout. Because the bands utilized much less pressure on the backside, they weren’t impacting Hooper’s shoulders as a lot, making this a extra environment friendly solution to practice whereas emphasizing power within the closing lockout section of the elevate.
With each the Arnold and World’s Strongest Man titles below his belt, Hooper could also be going into the Giants Stay Strongman Basic as a favourite. He can be going through stiff competitors within the type of Oleksii Novikov, the 2020 WSM champion who has gained the earlier two editions of the GLSC in 2021 and 2022, in addition to two-time WSM winner Tom Stoltman, and 9 different elite strongmen who look to win the title for themselves.
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