Powerlifter Leroy ‘the Machine’ Walker Strict Curls over 100kg
Most of us judge strength by a person’s ability in the big three lifts – deadlift, bench, and squat – but there is a fourth lift to add to this list, one that at the start of powerlifting, was used to prove how tough an athlete was. It was the strict loop.
Strict curl, for those of you who don’t know, is a bicep curl with bar or EZ bar that is performed with the head, back, and glutes positioned against a wall, so that it is impossible to ‘use momentum to lift the heavy weight.
In recent times, the strict loop has seen a certain revival. Powerlifter, Larry Wheels shared posts on Instagram showing him performing strict curl challenges and now Leroy ‘The Machine’ Walker has broken the US strict curl record, completing a strict curl of 226 lbs (103 kg). You can see his world record lift in the video below.
Granted, from the video, there doesn’t seem to be too much weight on the bar. But for all the cynics, notice both the need for two men to pick up the bar and hand it over to Walker and watch the tension on Walker’s face as he fights to buckle it.
After he climbed the elevator and took the American record, fans were quick to congratulate him on social media. “Make it easy,” wrote one user. “Dude, he was still 20 pounds it seemed,” said another.
While Walker’s elevator is undoubtedly impressive, it wasn’t enough to win the elevator world record. At the moment, this is held by Ukrainian strongman Denis Cyplenkov, who in 2015 strictly buckled 249 pounds (113 kg).
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