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Bodybuilder Joe Mackey Notches 385.5-Kilogram (850-Pound) Deadlift at Iron Wars VI

After a slight delay from earlier this 12 months, the 2022 Iron Wars VI passed off on Might 20, 2022, in Sign Hill, California.

This 12 months’s discipline featured many elite energy athletes of various disciplines and focuses from everywhere in the world. Bodybuilder Joe Mackey — an Worldwide Federation of Bodybuilding and Health (IFBB) Professional League Males’s Open competitor — had one of many extra spectacular showings.

In the course of the competitors, Mackey captured a 385.5-kilogram (850-pound) deadlift. In roughly two minutes, he additionally pulled 21 reps at 226.8 kilograms (500 kilos). Mackey wore a lifting belt and lifting straps for each feats. 

[Related: Ben Thompson Sets Silver Dollar Deadlift World Record With Pull Of 577.2 Kilograms (1,272.5 Pounds)]

Elsewhere within the competitors, powerlifter and present bench-press world document holder Julius Maddox gave spectators one other style of his prowess. As Maddox continues his pursuit of the uncommon 800-pound bench press membership, he accomplished a 317.5-kilogram (700-pound) bench press triple. The powerlifter accomplished his raise uncooked with none further tools. 

Notably, Maddox completes the triple comparatively simply. In any case, Maddox has pressed much more — 361 kilograms (796) kilos as of Might 10, 2022. Maddox gained the approval of Iron Wars organizer and former powerlifter/bodybuilder C.T. Fletcher — who praised the bench press extraordinaire over social media. 

“The bench king [Julius Maddox] displaying why he’s primary on this planet by displaying as much as the best present on earth and accepting all of the smoke from anyone with the ‘testicular fortitude’ to point out the [expletive] up!” wrote Fletcher of Maddox. 

[Related: Larry Wheels Crushes A 661-Pound Paused Bench Press]

Mackey’s Feat in Context

As for Mackey, his 385.5-kilogram (850-pound) pull isn’t his heaviest ever. The bodybuilder/energy sports activities athlete did unofficially be part of the 900-pound deadlift membership in an April 2022 coaching session. Whereas there’s no strategy to test for official bodybuilding deadlift marks, on the time of this writing, it might be the unofficial heaviest pull ever by knowledgeable bodybuilder. 

But, contemplating that he logged 21 reps at 226.8 kilograms (500 kilos) afterward, the one-rep pull is worthy of acclaim. Per a caption from the bodybuilder’s Instagram, this determine was Mackey’s long-running objective for the 2022 Iron Wars VI whereas he prepares for different competitions.

It comes on the heels of an obvious fast change in his physique composition. 

“I made it up in my thoughts that I’d do 850 kilos previous to the occasion no matter how lean I’m for prep,” Mackey wrote. “I knew that my weight had dropped 20 kilos because the final time I did 900 kilos. Nonetheless, that didn’t cease me from realizing what I may nonetheless do to point out up and present out.”

[Related: Powerlifter Krzysztof Wierzbicki Records 502.5-Kilogram Deadlift (1,107 Pounds), The Heaviest Deadlift In History]

What Lies Forward

With the 2022 Iron Wars VI within the rearview mirror, Mackey and Maddox can return to their common focuses.

Mackey hasn’t confirmed his subsequent competitors on the time of publishing, however he might attempt to compete within the 2022 Mr. Olympia, which can happen on December 16-18, 2022, in Las Vegas, NV. Although, Mackey wants a couple of top-notch outcomes to qualify for that first. 

In the meantime, Maddox additionally hasn’t set a date for his subsequent competitors. The energy sports activities world may lastly see him be part of the 800-pound bench press membership at any time when that occurs. 

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