Cooper went above and past with these laterals.

A basic perusal of Ken Cooper’s aggressive resume and social media platforms will make his Instagram show identify “Gingercules” fairly applicable — a play on phrases regarding Cooper’s hair coloration and the famed Roman mythological hero Hercules, identified for otherworldly power. He lived as much as this public moniker once more with a latest upper-body coaching accomplishment.

On Nov. 28, 2022, Cooper shared an Instagram clip of himself finishing lateral raises with 100-pound dumbbells. Per the caption of his publish, Cooper’s preliminary purpose was to do 10 reps for a private file (PR), however an urging from his coach had the athlete full a 13-rep PR as an alternative. Cooper’s lateral increase set is perhaps much more spectacular, contemplating he detailed that it got here close to the top of an in depth general shoulder exercise.

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Cooper’s coaching updates as of late might maintain extra significance given what he’s endured health-wise. The athlete suffered a freak harm to each knees through the United States Powerlifting Association (USPA) West Coast Classic in October 2021, whereas going for a 337.5-kilogram (744-pound) again squat. He tore two tendons and 6 ligaments whereas needing a complete of 70 staples and was confined to a wheelchair for a part of his restoration.

A bit of over a 12 months later, in October 2022, Cooper shared a video the place he deadlifted 412.5 kilograms (909 kilos) uncooked. Its goal was to seemingly commemorate all of the adversity he overcame on the anniversary of his unlucky harm. Now, because the 2022 calendar 12 months involves an finish, Cooper seems to be again within the full swing of issues, displaying varied different highly effective pattern sizes of his leg power — like a 310-kilogram (683-pound) uncooked deficit deadlift for six reps in mid-November 2022.

Knowing that, his latest dumbbell lateral increase PR would possibly simply be one other noteworthy footnote within the rising profession of a probably dynamic lifter.

Regarding competitions, Cooper doesn’t have an in depth historical past, that includes in only a handful of profession contests on the time of this writing. He does, nevertheless, have sufficient of a high quality image that illustrates how he might fare sooner or later on sanctioned lifting platforms. According to Open Powerlifting, Cooper received the 2022 USPA West Coast Classic occasion whereas competing uncooked and within the 140-kilogram weight class.

Here’s an summary of his high stats from the competition:

Ken Cooper | 2022 USPA West Coast Classic Top Stats

  • Bench Press — 257.5 kilograms (567.7 kilos)
  • Deadlift — 410 kilograms (903.9 kilos)
  • Total — 667.5 kilograms (1,469.8 kilos)

*Note: Cooper didn’t squat on the competitors.

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With his energy and power apparently returning again to a excessive degree, a vivid aggressive outlook could possibly be on the horizon for Cooper. Regardless of what occurs subsequent, what appears clear is that he received’t let an unexpected traumatic occasion cease him from aiming excessive along with his ambitions within the health club.

Featured picture: @gingercules on Instagram