Canadian Strongman Mitchell Hooper has proven to be one of the fastest-growing stars in the game. He has had an amazing first year in the sport and is now coming off an impressive performance at the 2023 World’s Strongest Man, held Apr. 19-23. However, Hooper recognized that his endurance and conditioning need some more improvement. So, in a recent post made on Instagram, Hooper crushed a heavy set of 465-pound (211-kilogram) squats for 20 reps in the hopes of improving his conditioning.
Mitchell Hooper first gained attention for his superhuman strength in 2022 when he got the chance to participate in the World’s Strongest Man competition after Rauno Heinla pulled out. He made the most of the opportunity with a strong performance, finishing eighth in his maiden showing.
Following the event, Hooper got some more experience and went on a very dominant run. He ended up turning in one of the best rookie seasons ever. Amongst all, he defeated former 2020 WSM champ Oleksii Novikov to take home the top prize at the 2022 Arnold Strongman Classic UK last September. Then, Hooper scored another gold at the 2022 Giants Live World Tour Finals.
In his next appearance, Hooper took bronze and added a new World Record to his glittering resume at the 2022 Rogue Invitational. He generated a ton of momentum moving forward toward his second WSM appearance. There was still more work to be done though. So, he showed off his unreal strength by lifting 771.6 pounds (350-kg) on the squat raw for two reps earlier this year. About two weeks later, Hooper stunned the competition to win the 2023 Australia’s Strongest International title.
Hooper continued to progress in the training room. His next achievement was a massive PR of 925.9-pound (420-kg) raw deadlift.
Besides his crazy power, Hooper regularly educates his fans on techniques. Most notably, Mitchell gave his take on performing deadlifts properly with four different kinds of barbells three months ago and followed up by providing tips on Loading Medley and Front Carry.
After completing a few seminars, Mitchell Hooper smoked a massive 1,697.6-lb (770-kg) raw leg press for eight reps in preparation for the 2023 Arnold Strongman Classic. His hard work paid off as he emerged victorious at the event two months ago.
The 27-year-old was brimming with confidence going into the 2023 World’s Strongest Man show last month. Although he went up against a lineup of proven veterans, there was no stopping him. He established his lead early in the contest and came out on top of a close-fought war with Tom Stoltman and Oleksii Novikov. Following the outcome, Hooper opened up on taking inspiration from the likes of Strongman icon Brian Shaw and others in an exclusive interview with Fitness Volt.
Mitchell Hooper crushes 465-lb (211-kg) squat for 20 reps
In a recent Instagram post, Mitchell Hooper performed an insane set of 465-lb (211-kg) squats for 20 reps. He explained how this workout routine should level up his conditioning levels.
“465lbs (211kg) x20,” wrote Hooper. “I wasn’t happy with the direction my conditioning was heading through Arnold’s and worlds. It didn’t cost me, but I know I could be better.”
Mitchell Hooper returned to the training room for a bodybuilding-style workout after the 2023 WSM victory. In addition, after clearing his mind, Mitchell reflected on his experience competing at the event and called for the development of a rule set.
A week ago, Hooper laid out his must-have supplements along with a breakdown of how alcohol and sugar play into the recovery process.
Given the latest training update, it’s clear Hooper is taking no days off and will likely return stronger than ever in his next planned outing.