On September 11, 2022, Canadian strongman Mitchell Hooper shared an Instagram clip the place he squatted 315 kilograms (695 kilos), uncooked, for 5 reps. According to the caption of the athlete’s put up, the feat is a brand new five-rep private report (PR) for Hooper, who wore a lifting belt and knee sleeves throughout the set. 

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Hooper’s demonstration of leg energy is part of ongoing preparation for his debut on the upcoming 2022 Rogue Invitational. That contest is scheduled to happen on Oct. 28-30, 2022, on the Dell Diamond Stadium in Austin, TX.

In anticipation of the competitors, Hooper not too long ago began filming a collection on his YouTube channel entitled “Road to the Rogue Invitational.” The first video — shared on Sept. 7, 2022 — options the athlete training varied conventional occasions featured in strongman contests. (Note: At the time of this writing, the organizers of the 2022 Rogue Invitational haven’t introduced the occasions for the competition.)

Hooper finally ends up lifting Atlas Stones, working by a respective Farmer’s and Sandbag Carry, and even throws in a one-kilometer run on a treadmill for good measure. All in all, Hooper calls his diligent coaching within the first episode “a good place to start.”

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Here’s the present roster of athletes slated to compete in Austin on the finish of October:

2022 Rogue Invitational Roster 

Notably, whereas defending champion Martin Licis returns to defend his title, two-time reigning World’s Strongest Man (WSM) Tom Stoltman, 2021 Europe’s Strongest Man (ESM) Luke Stoltman, and four-time WSM champ Brian Shaw every declined their invites after competing in final yr’s version. Tom Stoltman completed second behind Licis in 2021.

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Three such noteworthy absences imply the 2022 Rogue Invitational discipline could possibly be large open for an up-and-comer like Hooper. After a 2022 WSM Qualifying Round blitz and three consecutive podium finishes on this yr’s Giants Live Strongman Classic, Giants Live World Open, and Shaw Classic — Hooper could very effectively be in line to seize his first main worldwide strongman victory. 

The 2022 Rogue Invitational is ready to happen on Oct. 28-30 in Austin, TX. 

Featured picture: @mitchellhooper on Instagram