“Big Thicket” set the standard with a record that future competitors would chase.
On Sunday, March 5, 2023, the final day of the Arnold Sports Festival in Columbus, OH, strength athletes competed in the Rogue Record Breakers Series after the Arnold Strongman Classic concluded the previous day. The final competition focused solely on breaking records in special events rather than scoring points to rise above fellow athletes.
In its first appearance at the Rogue Record Breakers event, Trey Mitchell set a stone over bar record with a powerful five-rep performance. Competitors had two minutes to lift a 460-pound (209-kilogram) stone without the aid of a “tacky” for improved grip. Mitchell Hooper, winner of the Arnold Strongman Classic, attempted the stone over bar before Mitchell, achieving a single repetition.
Mitchell’s record-setting performance earned him a $5,000 prize – his second bonus award of the day after breaking his own forward hold record from 2022. During the forward hold, Mitchell again beat Hooper’s performance in the same event.
Trey Mitchell’s record-setting abilities rounded out an otherwise successful weekend for the two-time Shaw Classic winner (2021, 2022). Mitchell finished 4th in the 2023 Arnold Strongman Classic, an improvement from his 7th place finish in the 2022 edition of the competition.
On the first day of the Arnold Strongman Classic, Mitchell won the Austrian Oak Log Lift event. Mitchell demonstrated exceptional overhead pressing power by lifting a 195-kilogram (430-pound) log for four repetitions. In a possible coincidence, Hooper once again finished just behind Mitchell in the log lift event by completing just three repetitions with the same weight.
Whether the recurring pattern of besting Hooper is a chance or a potential harbinger of a competitive season to come, it’s clear that Trey Mitchell is heading into the 2023 strongman season poised to continue his powerful output.
Watch the action again
It’s not too late to rewatch the contestants in action. To watch Strongman competitions, head over to Rogue Fitness’ YouTube channel. For bodybuilding events at the Arnold Classic, Fans can visit FanMio To buy pay per view $59.99. It can be played on any Apple device, as well as Android TV, Google TV and Amazon’s Fire TV.
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