The 2019 World’s Strongest Man could also be making ready to return to competitors.
2019 World’s Strongest Man (WSM) and 2022 Arnold Strongman Classic (ASC) champion Martins Licis had taken time away from competing to deal with enterprise and private ventures in addition to filming his “Energy Unknown” YouTube collection.
Nevertheless, it seems he hasn’t let these priorities have an effect on his coaching and the previous champion could also be poised to return to energy sports activities within the close to future. Licis posted an Instagram reel of himself deadlifting 365 kilograms (804 kilos) for 3 reps whereas coaching in Wreck It Health club in El Segundo, CA.
Licis was sporting knee sleeves and utilizing lifting straps, however he didn’t have on a deadlift go well with or perhaps a weightlifting belt for added help. Utilizing a “rolling begin,” Licis dipped his hips low and rolled the bar away from his toes earlier than pulling the bar in towards his legs and locking out the primary rep with no hassle. After he returned the load to the ground, he rolled it out and again in once more for rep quantity two. He repeated that movement yet another time for his remaining rep. The champion strongman made the third rep appeared really easy, he presumably may’ve finished one other rep (or extra) if he wished to.
In accordance with the caption of the put up, this set meant extra to Licis than a regular work set. It served as discover to a fellow WSM and ASC champion, Mitchell Hooper, that he could also be on his means again to competing subsequent yr.
“I promised [2023 World’s Strongest Man Mitchell Hooper] that if I may begin repping this weight, it might be a great signal for me competing once more subsequent yr,” he wrote, including a biceps and fist bump emoji. “So alright buddy, it seems to be like I’ll be again. Simply gotta preserve it slowly creepin’ up for the [Arnold] strongman basic and past. I’m excited!”
The 2024 Arnold Strongman Traditional is about to happen on Mar. 1-2, 2024 in Columbus, OH. If Licis makes it to that contest, and if Hooper chooses to defend his title, then the 2 most up-to-date ASC champions could be buying and selling lifts in Columbus to probably decide the 2024 champion.
There was already buzz for that contest as a result of three-time ASC winner and 2018 WSM Hafthor Bjornsson had introduced he would come again from a short-term retirement to aim profitable a fourth title in 2024. His first three titles got here in 2018, 2019, and 2020. Nevertheless, Bjornsson suffered a pec tear throughout a powerlifting meet in April 2023. His restoration and preparation standing for the 2024 ASC is presently unknown. If Bjornsson was to compete alongside Licis and Hooper, then each champion from 2018 to 2023 could be on the roster for the competition. There was no ASC held in 2021.
As for Licis, he’s already slated to return because the captain for Group USA within the 2023 World’s Strongest Nation (WSN) contest on Nov. 18, 2023. The UK group captain will as soon as once more be 2017 WSM Eddie Hall, whose group gained the 2022 WSN. Licis has not competed in a strongman contest for the reason that loss.
Featured Picture: @martinslicis on Instagram