A mere 15 months in the past, Nick Best tore a lat muscle, briefly derailing a lot of his aggressive power sports activities plans. Now, after one other contest beneath his belt, it appears the powerlifter/strongman dynamo is sort of again to full energy. 

On July 23, 2022, Best took half within the 2022 Clash of the Masters strongman contest in Colombia, MO. As a part of his general efficiency, Best confirmed stellar conditioning and leg power by notching a 317.5-kilogram (700-pound) outfitted deadlift for 10 reps. The deadlift for reps show helped Best to a third-place podium consequence within the Masters 40+ competitors — ending behind Travis Ortmayer (second place) and Tim Filus (first place). 

Seeing as this was a strongman contest, Best donned a lifting swimsuit, lifting belt, and lifting straps for his deadlift set. 

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While his deadlift output stands out, Best confirmed versatility on the Clash of the Masters, finishing a 272.5-kilogram (600-pound) outfitted again squat for 10 reps. Given the journey he’s been on of late, Best expressed appreciation for his efficiency and friends over his Instagram profile. 

“Congratulations to [Tim Filus] on the amazing world-class performance!” Best writes. “To [Travis Ortmayer], who I have been competing against since 2005, so great to compete with you again! What an amazing journey back; so proud of you! To all the competitors and all the fans, a sincere thank you! Much love!”

According to Strongman Archives, the 2022 Clash of the Masters is his first strongman contest because the 2020 World’s Strongest Man (WSM). The athlete returned to powerlifting on the 2022 World Raw Powerlifting Federation (WRPF) FQ Classic 2 in early May. That contest noticed Best end in first place within the Masters 50-54 division largely thanks to 2 WRPF National Records — a 372.5-kilogram (821.5-pound) again squat and a 337.5-kilogram (744-pound) deadlift. 

Best’s newest manufacturing in a sanctioned strongman competitors just like the Clash of the Matters seems to be one more step ahead.

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Full Go

In early July 2022, Best revealed over social media that he would compete within the 2022 Official Strongman Games (OSG). He will characteristic within the Men’s Masters 50+ division in his fourth look on the competitors, which is able to happen on November 11-13, 2022, in Daytona Beach, FL.

Other noteworthy names in Best’s class embody defending champion Michael Saunders and Wrecking Ball World Record holder (2:20.49) Mark Felix. At the time of this writing, the OSG group has not revealed the occasions or format for this yr’s competitors. At any charge, as a former winner of the OSG (2o16) and fourth-place finisher in 2017 and 2019, Best is perhaps one of many prime contenders for Saunders’ title. 

Should Best come out on prime throughout the 2022 OSG, the power sports activities legend may mark one other emphatic signal of aggressive progress. 

Featured picture: @nickbeststrongman