After a slight delay from earlier this yr, the 2022 Iron Wars VI passed off on May 20, 2022, in Signal Hill, California.

This yr’s subject featured many elite power athletes of various disciplines and focuses from everywhere in the world. Bodybuilder Joe Mackey — an International Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness (IFBB) Pro League Men’s Open competitor — had one of many extra spectacular showings.

During the competitors, Mackey captured a 385.5-kilogram (850-pound) deadlift. In roughly two minutes, he additionally pulled 21 reps at 226.8 kilograms (500 kilos). Mackey wore a lifting belt and lifting straps for each feats. 

[Related: Ben Thompson Sets Silver Dollar Deadlift World Record With Pull Of 577.2 Kilograms (1,272.5 Pounds)]

Elsewhere within the competitors, powerlifter and present bench-press world file holder Julius Maddox gave spectators one other style of his prowess. As Maddox continues his pursuit of the uncommon 800-pound bench press membership, he accomplished a 317.5-kilogram (700-pound) bench press triple. The powerlifter accomplished his carry uncooked with none further tools. 

Notably, Maddox completes the triple comparatively simply. After all, Maddox has pressed way more — 361 kilograms (796) kilos as of May 10, 2022. Maddox gained the approval of Iron Wars organizer and former powerlifter/bodybuilder C.T. Fletcher — who praised the bench press extraordinaire over social media. 

“The bench king [Julius Maddox] showing why he’s number one in the world by showing up to the greatest show on earth and accepting all the smoke from anybody with the ‘testicular fortitude’ to show the [expletive] up!” wrote Fletcher of Maddox. 

[Related: Larry Wheels Crushes A 661-Pound Paused Bench Press]

Mackey’s Feat in Context

As for Mackey, his 385.5-kilogram (850-pound) pull isn’t his heaviest ever. The bodybuilder/power sports activities athlete did unofficially be part of the 900-pound deadlift membership in an April 2022 coaching session. While there’s no solution to examine for official bodybuilding deadlift marks, on the time of this writing, it might be the unofficial heaviest pull ever by knowledgeable bodybuilder. 

Yet, contemplating that he logged 21 reps at 226.8 kilograms (500 kilos) afterward, the one-rep pull is worthy of acclaim. Per a caption from the bodybuilder’s Instagram, this determine was Mackey’s long-running objective for the 2022 Iron Wars VI whereas he prepares for different competitions.

It comes on the heels of an obvious speedy change in his physique composition. 

“I made it up in my mind that I’d do 850 pounds prior to the event regardless of how lean I am for prep,” Mackey wrote. “I knew that my weight had dropped 20 pounds since the last time I did 900 pounds. However, that didn’t stop me from knowing what I could still do to show up and show out.”

[Related: Powerlifter Krzysztof Wierzbicki Records 502.5-Kilogram Deadlift (1,107 Pounds), The Heaviest Deadlift In History]

What Lies Ahead

With the 2022 Iron Wars VI within the rearview mirror, Mackey and Maddox can return to their traditional focuses.

Mackey hasn’t confirmed his subsequent competitors on the time of publishing, however he might attempt to compete within the 2022 Mr. Olympia, which can happen on December 16-18, 2022, in Las Vegas, NV. Though, Mackey wants a number of top-notch outcomes to qualify for that first. 

Meanwhile, Maddox additionally hasn’t set a date for his subsequent competitors. The power sports activities world might lastly see him be part of the 800-pound bench press membership every time that occurs. 

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