“You Are a Fearless Beast”: Strongman Legend Lifting 400 Lbs Stone Leaves Lifting Community Awestruck

Published 02/11/2024, 7:00 AM EST

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The reigning World’s Strongest Man, Mitchell Hooper, can’t seem to stop impressing fans. With less than a month left for the Arnold Classic 2024, Hooper is among the many elite strongman competitors getting ready for the contest. However, the champion’s feats of strength continue to get more impressive every day. This time, he didn’t just shock fans but bystanders as well.

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In his latest strength update, the strongman showed off his insane strength by lifting a 400 lbs Atlas Stone for two reps. While repping 400 lbs with nowhere to grip is impressive in itself, the 28-year-old went above and beyond with what would qualify as a lift, challenging his strength and coming out with flying colors. Needless to say, the fans were impressed with Mitchell Hooper.

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Mitchell Hopper showcased his strength by lifting the 400 lbs stone from the ground to his shoulder during the second rep. What’s more? The champion strongman reset his balance while lifting the stone to his shoulders. “Throwing around the 400lbs atlas stone while the bodybuilders wonder what on earth is going on,” wrote the WSM champion in the caption.

The video showed three bodybuilders in the background. While they were talking amongst themselves, the 28-year-old’s insane display of strength drew their attention. The bodybuilders stared in awe at Hooper’s massive lift. They were also unaware that the strongman was filming. 

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As the reigning champion walked away to catch his breath after the massive lift, they came to inspect how heavy the stone was. One of them even touched the Atlas stone, but didn’t dare to move it. Hooper uploaded their reaction along with the lift. Fans also couldn’t help but admire the Canadian’s strength.

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The fans had a good banter in the comments section

Many fans couldn’t fathom the strength you’d need to do what Hooper did. “F**kin hell! You’re strong as f**k!!!” said an awestruck fan. “Your frame looks like it could easily handle another 20 pounds of muscle no problem,” added the fan, hinting that the strong man could get exponentially stronger with time. Others commented on the bodybuilders who watched.

“You know they tried to move it around afterward and whispered to each other,” commented one fan. While others also joked about the dumbfounded bodybuilders, some felt inspired. “The strength and flexibility of your back is what I need in my life,” one follower wrote. However, a few thought the stone landed too close to his feet.

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“That stone comes too close to your feet, geez! But you are a fearless beast,” wrote the fan. No one wants to see Hooper get injured, especially because the Arnold Classic Strongman is almost upon us. “Man! Can’t wait to see you at the Arnold’s,” wrote a fan. If his current form is any indication, the champion strongman could win the Arnold Classic.

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Sagnik Bagchi is a senior bodybuilding writer at EssentiallySports. A passionate fitness enthusiast himself, Sagnik uses his knowledge of bodybuilding to focus on the coverage of major events like the Mr. Olympia and Arnold Classic.
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