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Tumbarello’s ft being off the bottom is a becoming image for this feat that might make many levitate with pleasure.

In phrases of upper-body prowess and power, powerlifter Joseph Tumbarello understands what he desires. If one have been to peruse his common social media with none context of his profession, targets, or ambitions, one would see an athlete wholeheartedly dedicated to maximizing his chest energy via the bench press by seemingly any means needed. The chest-focused brick home of energy could have outdone himself together with his newest spectacular feat within the books.

On Jan. 16, 2022, Tumbarello posted a video to his Instagram profile the place he efficiently locked out a 281.2-kilogram (620-pound) Larsen press whereas sporting a lifting belt, wrist wraps, and elbow wraps. Usually, a bench press of any kind over 600 kilos is spectacular. That’s, understandably, quite a lot of weight to stack onto a barbell and carry off the chest. Except Tumbarello, who weighed 115.2 kilograms (254 kilos) on the time of the carry, didn’t carry out a standard bench press. He used the Larsen press variation — with the legs totally prolonged and ft hovering over the bottom — and notched a private file (PR) within the course of.

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What makes a Larsen press significantly troublesome, and what ought to improve the attitude on Tumbarello’s newest show of energy, quantities to elementary physics.

Because an athlete’s ft hover off the bottom in entrance of the bench throughout their set, a Larsen press removes any potential of utilizing leg drive to assist with lockout. In a traditional bench press, athletes can harness their leg drive for added stability through the train with their ft firmly planted on the bottom. With the legs taken out of the equation, an athlete should higher make the most of a mixture of their chest, triceps, and shoulder muscle tissue to complete their press and keep steady on the identical time. That might make usually implementing the Larsen press right into a routine probably all of the extra helpful.

For Tumbarello, even whereas notching a brand new Larsen press, this showcase of upper-body energy seems to be one other day in his barbell-laden “office.”

On a aggressive foundation, Tumbarello does have expertise exterior of displaying off what he’s able to on the gymnasium’s bench press. According to Open Powerlifting, the powerlifter has participated in two profession contests, the 2019 Revolution Powerlifting Syndicate (RPS) Heatwave 7 (H7) and, most lately, the bench press-only 2022 RPS Bench for Boobs (BFB). Tumbarello competed with wraps within the 100-kilogram weight class on the H7 and uncooked within the 125-kilogram class on the BFB. He can boast a decent first-place victory in each.

(Note: Tumbarello competed in each the Juniors and Open Division on the Heatwave 7 contest. He received the Juniors portion and got here in second within the Open.)

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Including this huge Larsen press PR, Tumbarello has wasted no time attacking 2023 full steam forward. Less than three weeks into the brand new yr, the athlete has already shared 10 separate Instagram clips of himself performing some sort of staggering bench press coaching. With that sort of dedication to his craft, it’s no marvel he can carry over 600 kilos with out having his ft rooted deeply into the bottom.

Featured picture: @josephtumbarello on Instagram

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