Normally a dynamite deadlifter, Makarov additionally has superior higher physique energy.
All through his prolonged strongman profession, Ivan Makarov has risen in popularity of his potential to do one factor at a uncommon, excessive degree — deadlift staggering quantities of weight. Because 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. In accordance with the strongman’s put up, the carry is a private report (PR). Makarov wore wrist wraps, elbow sleeves, and a lifting belt to assist notch the private milestone.
This overhead press PR isn’t the primary occasion of Makarov difficult his higher physique roughly as soon as every week this fall. The coaching focus seems to be a part of a pursuit for the overhead press reps World File. (Notice: On 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 at present 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 because of his onerous work, he has a brand new single-rep PR.
In accordance with Strongman Archives, the 31-year-old Makarov has participated in seven strongman competitions because the 2017 Strongman Champions League (SCL) World Overhead Carry Championships. Whereas he used to compete within the full slate of a contest’s occasions, of late the athlete has nearly completely centered on his power on guaranteeing his max deadlift is as much as a high customary.
That form 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). Ought to he ever achieve success lifting a minimum of that a lot weight throughout a sanctioned competitors, Makarov would grow to be simply the third strongman to deadlift 500 kilograms. The one different strongmen to deadlift a minimum of 500 kilograms are former World’s Strongest Man (WSM) champions Eddie Corridor (2017) and Hafhor Björnsson (2018).
Notably, Makarov has tried to formally surpass Björnsson’s all-time World File deadlift of 501 kilograms (1,104.5 kilos) from the Could 2020 version of the World’s Final Strongman (WUS) “Feats of Power” collection. Makarov made an try at deadlifting 502 kilograms (1,106.7 kilos) on the October 2020 iteration of the WUS Feats of Power collection, however fell simply brief. Makarov extra lately made an unsuccessful try pulling 505 kilograms (1,113.3 kilos) on the 2021 Giants Dwell World Open.
Makarov is at a degree 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, may also be well-known for his overhead prowess.
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