Usually a dynamite deadlifter, Makarov additionally has superior higher physique energy.

Throughout his prolonged strongman profession, Ivan Makarov has risen in approval for his skill to do one factor at a uncommon, excessive degree — deadlift staggering quantities of weight. As the 2021 World Deadlift Champion (WDC), a latest majority of Makarov’s profession aggressive appearances have largely targeted on the deadlift, and his present social media primarily options the athlete’s newest pulling progress. One exception can be his dedication to overhead power.

On Nov. 9, 2022, Makarov shared footage of himself efficiently locking out a 190-kilogram (418.9-pound) strict overhead press with a barbell. According to the strongman’s publish, the raise is a private document (PR). Makarov wore wrist wraps, elbow sleeves, and a lifting belt to assist notch the private milestone.

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This overhead press PR isn’t the primary occasion of Makarov difficult his higher physique roughly as soon as per week this fall. The coaching focus seems to be a part of a pursuit for the overhead press reps World Record. (Note: At the time of this writing, it’s unclear when and the place Makarov intends to interrupt the present mark, or the place the rep determine presently stands.)

For instance, with the identical wrist and elbow wraps set-up, Makarov showcased himself finishing a 140-kilogram (308.6-pound) overhead press for eight reps in mid-October 2022. An approximate week later, Makarov overhead pressed 170 kilograms (374.8 kilos) for 2 reps. Two weeks in the past, he managed to complete 160 kilograms (352.7 kilos) for six reps. Now, largely attributable to his exhausting work, he has a brand new single-rep PR.

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According to Strongman Archives, the 31-year-old Makarov has participated in seven strongman competitions for the reason that 2017 Strongman Champions League (SCL) World Overhead Lift Championships. While he used to compete within the full slate of a contest’s occasions, of late the athlete has virtually completely centered on his power on guaranteeing his max deadlift is as much as a high normal.

That kind of dedication has paid off in Makarov placing himself inside placing distance of elite firm. The competitor’s all-time highest uncooked deadlift PR captured on digicam is a 490-kilogram (1,080.2-pound) pull from a September 2020 coaching session. He has made quite a few makes an attempt at deadlifting 500 kilograms (1,102.3 kilos). Should he ever achieve success lifting a minimum of that a lot weight throughout a sanctioned competitors, Makarov would change into simply the third strongman to deadlift 500 kilograms. The solely different strongmen to deadlift a minimum of 500 kilograms are former World’s Strongest Man (WSM) champions Eddie Hall (2017) and Hafhor Björnsson (2018).

Notably, Makarov has tried to formally surpass Björnsson’s all-time World Record deadlift of 501 kilograms (1,104.5 kilos) from the May 2020 version of the World’s Ultimate Strongman (WUS) “Feats of Strength” collection. Makarov made an try at deadlifting 502 kilograms (1,106.7 kilos) on the October 2020 iteration of the WUS Feats of Strength collection, however fell simply brief. Makarov extra not too long ago made an unsuccessful try pulling 505 kilograms (1,113.3 kilos) on the 2021 Giants Live World Open.

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Makarov is at some extent the place many eyes will flip towards him and his loaded barbell any time he deadlifts. It seems he’s establishing a future the place he, quickly sufficient, will even be well-known for his overhead prowess.

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