Joshstrength Meet Results

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I’ve seen a lot of impressive lifting in my lifetime, the deadlift portion of Seanzilla Katterles’ MHP Clash of the Titans takes the cake (ALL LIFTS WERE RAW). I had three lifters competing Brian Jones, Robert Toatley and Orlando Green. All three lifters hit PRs, which is exciting when all are lifting world-class weights.

Brian Jones hit a PR deadlift of 775 pounds raw and had a close miss at 800 pounds. What made this special is Brian had a terrible accident half way through the training cycle, and was, in fact, hospitalized. Brian fell on the ice and had the worst elbow swelling I’ve ever seen, and he also strained his hamstring. Brian was able to keep his arms in extension but unable to do movements that require flexion for most of his training cycle. Things like rows and chins were a “no-no.” Any sort of PR with all of this going on shows the man has character and is going to do great things. I’ll post video in my log later this week when I get it.

Robert Toatley hit a huge PR, shattering by 30 pounds his previous best, which he did in December. Even more exciting is that “Big Rob” made his first 800 pound deadlift. Welcome to the 800 pound club! Rob worked his butt off and I couldn’t be happier for him. Rob weighed in 289 pounds. He also entered the 550 for reps deadlift contest and took third place, hitting 19 reps. This was strapless and with a down command.

Orlando Green hit a huge PR. His previous best deadlift was 816 pounds in the fall at the Night of the Living Dead meet in Manchester, Tennessee. That lift was a 41 pound PR. It would be natural to assume Orlando would hit some sort of plateau, instead he continued to climb the mountain and hit 865 pounds at a bodyweight of 230 pounds with ease. Orlando is one of the nicest people you will ever meet but he is all business on the platform. He looks at the weighted bar like a lion looks at it’s prey. Orlando will continue to improve and will be lifting in the Night of the Living Dead meet in October. Orlando is not just a deadlifter either, he is a top-level strongman and bench presses in the 500-pound range raw. Orlando was second place in the deadlift for reps contest hitting 21 reps at 550 pounds.

Checkout this video of Orlando’s 865:

In case you have not heard Benedikt Magnusson broke the all-time deadlift record. The lift was absolutely flawless. It was awesome to witness this historical event.

Here’s the  video:

There were so many other amazing lifts here that it would be an e-book if I wrote about them all. Very cool to be a part of this event.

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About the Author

Josh Bryant is one of the fastest rising names in the fitness industry. He works as a speed, strength, and conditioning coach at one of the top high school programs in Texas. Currently, he is a personal trainer who works successfully with many clients both in person at Metroflex Gym and via the internet. By using the Joshstrength Method, he has trained world record setting powerlifters, women fitness competitors, Olympic athletes, professional fighters, NCAA champions, and a host of high school athletes who have received collegiate scholarships. As an athlete, he won many national and world titles in both powerlifting and Strongman and, at 22-years-old, was the youngest person in powerlifting history to bench press 600 pounds raw. He squatted 909 pounds in the USPF, officially bench pressed 620 pounds raw, and officially deadlifted 810 pounds raw. In 2005, he won the Atlantis Strongest Man in America competition. Along with ISSA certifications in fitness training, nutrition, and conditioning, Josh has been awarded the prestigious title of Master of Fitness Sciences (MFS). He was also recently named the ISSA Director of Applied Strength and Power. In addition to being certified by the NSCA as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and by NASM as a Performance Enhancement Specialist (PES), Josh completed his master of sciences degree in exercise science (July 2010). He has been published in numerous magazines, periodicals, and websites and is the founder and owner of Joshstrength.com and the Joshstrength Method. To learn more about Josh or to contact him, visit www.joshstrength.com. View Josh’s training log.