On July 13, 2022, over Instagram, strongman Mitchell Hooper shared footage of himself capturing a 184-kilogram (406-pound) log press for 2 reps. Per Hooper, this log press feat is a brand new private file (PR).

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Hooper’s log press coaching is a part of his preparation for the 2022 Shaw Classic. The Log Press is one in all this yr’s staple occasions and can kick off Day Two of the competitors. The contest will happen on the Budweiser Events Center on August 13-14, 2022, in Loveland, CO.

Here’s the confirmed, present roster for the 2022 Shaw Classic:

2022 Shaw Classic Roster

Here’s the schedule of occasions for each days of the 2022 Shaw Classic:

Day One — Saturday, August 13, 2022

Day Two — Sunday, August 14, 2022

  • Log Press 
  • Frame Carry Arm-Over-Arm Medley
  • Car Leg Press for Reps
  • Atlas Stones

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Staying Busy

It’s been fairly an eventful previous few months for the 26-year-0ld Hooper.

Ever since a promising debut on the 2022 World’s Strongest Man (WSM) — the place Hooper blitzed Group 2 of the Qualifying Round  and positioned eighth within the Finals — the Canadian change into one of many extra noteworthy names in strongman. That WSM efficiency helped earn a Wild Card nod to the 2022 Giants Live Strongman Classic in early July, the place he completed in second place. Now, with the 2022 Shaw Classic roughly a month away on the time of this writing, Hooper may have competed in three main strongman contests in simply over two and a half months.

Hooper is staying occupied and diligent along with his coaching, too. Before this new log press double PR, the strongman deadlifted a staggering 425 kilograms (937 kilos) for 2 singles throughout a late June 2022 coaching session. (His best-ever deadlift is 475 kilograms.) That carry occured earlier than the Strongman Classic, but it surely might additionally assist Hooper excel on the Max Hummer Tire Deadlift on the Shaw Classic.

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A Tall Hurdle

According to Strongman Archives, Hooper has by no means received a global contest. If he’s going to vary that historical past on the Shaw Classic, he’ll should high a number of the greatest names in strongman.

The area contains four-time WSM Champion (2009-2010, 2012, 2014) Žydrūnas Savickas, eponymous organizer, and fellow former WSM winner (2011, 2013, 2015, 2016) Brian Shaw, 2020 WSM champion Oleksii Novikov, and two-time reigning WSM champion (2021-2022) Tom Stoltman.

Hooper has arguably already put himself on the strongman map. If he can beat these legends, there might be no denying his arrival as a strongman famous person.

Featured picture: @mitchellhooper on Instagram