Two occasions from the 2022 Rogue Strongman Invitational are again within the fold.
With 10 of the world’s premier athletes scheduled to sq. off at Dell Diamond Stadium on Oct. 27-28, 2023, there’s loads of anticipation surrounding the 2023 Rogue Strongman Invitational. A stacked roster headlined by reigning champion Oleksii Novikov can have a possibility to not solely impress the gang in Spherical Rock, Texas, but additionally safe a record-setting prize purse of $133,785.83, as of the time of this publication.
To emerge victorious, contributors like Novikov and 2023 World’s Strongest Man Mitchell Hooper should undergo a grueling gauntlet of six challenges over the course of the two-day contest. And with competitors date inching nearer, Rogue Invitational formally launched the complete lineup of strongman occasions on Oct. 10, 2023.
Day One (Friday, Oct. 27, 2023)
The primary day of the 2023 Rogue Strongman Invitational will characteristic three occasions, all of which is able to check the athletes’ power, energy, and conditioning. Right here’s a breakdown of every occasion, beginning with an ultra-demanding deadlift problem that made its debut in 2022.
Occasion 1: Tower of Energy – Deadlift for Reps
Rogue ramped up its annual strongman competitors a yr in the past by placing collectively the Tower of Energy occasion. Ukrainian former powerlifter Pavlo Nakonechnyy proved to be probably the most proficient on the newly unveiled occasion by finishing 12 reps of 18-inch barbell deadlifts in the course of the 60-second time allotment.
As if lifting 900 kilos (408 kilograms) as many instances as potential in a single minute wasn’t difficult sufficient, opponents needed to take care of a lot completely different leverages because of the peak of the tower platform. Again once more for the 2023 Rogue Strongman Invitational, this occasion ought to convey the very best out of Nakonechnyy and 2023 North America’s Strongest Man Trey Mitchell, who accomplished 10 reps in his first encounter with the Tower of Energy. Beginning the day with a deadlift for reps competitors will definitely set the tone for occasion No. 2.
Occasion 2: The Iron Bull Sled Pull
No specifics had been supplied about this occasion. Nonetheless, sled pulls are undoubtedly one of the crucial fashionable feats of power followers get pleasure from watching, particularly when vehicles are involved.
Occasion 3: Final Log Medley
Though we don’t know precisely what the Final Log Medley will entail, the 2022 Rogue Strongman Invitational included an occasion referred to as “Yoke Carry, Overhead Log Carry Medley” that consisted of carrying a 1,000-pound (453.5-kilogram) yoke for 50 toes, adopted by performing three reps of an overhead press with a 360-pound (163-kilogram) log. Mitchell Hooper simply outpaced the remainder of the pack by finishing the circuit in simply 32.69 seconds.
In the meantime, 2022 Canada’s Strongest Man Maxime Boudreault took one other 14.1 seconds to wrap up the No. 2 spot. If the ultimate occasion of the primary day of the 2023 Rogue Strongman Invitational options the log press once more, that could possibly be an opportunity for 2022 America’s Strongest Man Bobby Thompson to earn some worthwhile factors. Coming off consecutive third-place finishes on the Arnold Strongman Classic, Thompson showcased his upper-body power on the 2023 occasion by hitting three reps of a 430-pound (195-kilogram) log press on the Austrian Oak problem, which tied for second with Hooper.
Day Two (Saturday, Oct. 28, 2023)
Day Two of the 2023 Rogue Strongman Invitational will kick off with one other occasion that captivated final yr’s viewers and wrap up with one that might have some CrossFit inspiration behind its title.
Occasion 4: Rogue-A-Coaster
Identical to the opponents, the Spherical Rock crowd shall be locked in for 90 seconds in the course of the dynamic Rogue-A-Coaster occasion. Significantly taxing on the lats and rear delts, it takes pull day to a different degree — after which some. The athletes will begin their Saturday morning by sitting on the backside of a piece of a rollercoaster and trying to drag 600 kilos (272 kilograms) price of sandbags loaded onto a cart as much as the highest and dump them over throughout the 90-second restrict.
This 54-inch incline rope pull didn’t pose a lot hassle for Nakonechnyy (38.51 seconds) or Novikov (39.04 seconds) in 2022. Nonetheless, neither might outdo 2021 Rogue Strongman Invitational champion Martins Licis (33:83 seconds), who will not be at this yr’s occasion.
Occasion 5: Apollon’s Wheels
No specifics had been supplied about this occasion. Nonetheless, it’s secure to say all of the contributors ought to have some concept of what’s to come back.
Made well-known by French strongman Louis “Apollon the Mighty” Uni, Apollon’s Wheels was his 366-pound (166-kilogram) barbell loaded with a pair of railway automotive wheels. That includes a thick diameter of almost two inches, it requires glorious grip power simply to deal with the bar. It takes unimaginable coordination to energy clear it off the ground and get it right into a entrance rack place And it takes severe power to press that weight overhead.
The fifth occasion (additionally named Apollon’s Wheels) on the 2018 Arnold Traditional Strongman Traditional utilized a duplicate reproduced by Ivanko Barbell Firm that weighed 400 kilos (181 kilograms). Hafþór Björnsson, who went on to win the World’s Strongest Man title later that yr, took dwelling first place by performing 4 full reps of a clear and press within the two-minute timeframe. Rogue actually appears to be paying homage to the well-known barbell in 2023 primarily based on the title of the penultimate occasion.
Occasion 6: The Duel
“The Duel II” was an elimination-style, multi-round occasion on the 2022 CrossFit Rogue Invitational that consisted of a legless rope climb, 10 overhead squats, and a sandbag carry. Though CrossFit and Strongman opponents could not cross paths usually, the ultimate occasion of the 2023 Rogue Strongman Invitational might have the same really feel as “The Duel II” however with a distinct array of workouts and far heavier masses.
Full 2023 Rogue Strongman Invitational Roster
- Oleksii Novikov (Ukraine)
- Mitchell Hooper (Canada)
- Trey Mitchell (USA)
- Luke Stoltman (UK)
- Mateusz Kieliszkowski (Poland)
- Pavlo Nakonechnyy (Ukraine)
- Bobby Thompson (USA)
- Tom Stoltman (UK)
- Evan Singleton (USA)
- Maxime Boudreault (Canada)
Novikov’s marketing campaign to turn out to be a back-to-back Rogue Strongman Invitational champion will come all the way down to his skill to dominate each new and repeat occasions. Whether or not he can fend off the likes of Hooper and Mitchell stays to be seen when the strongest males on this planet reunite at Purple Rock.
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