Currently, Joe Mackey has a well-deserved reputation as one of the strongest professional bodybuilders of all time. The International Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness (IFBB) Pro League member has made headlines in the past for being a versatile deadlifting dynamo, once pulling 385.5 kilograms (850 pounds) at Iron Wars VI in 2022. With a bag -th full year, Mackey built on that momentum, describing the months ahead to be even more productive.
On January 13, 2023, Mackey successfully deadlifted 412.8 kilograms (910 pounds) during the Iron Wars VII contest in Signal Hill, CA. Mackey’s pulling showcase is a personal record (PR). It was one of the fitting headline moments for CT Fletcher’s high-energy annual competition that allowed a variety of athletes to display incredible power. Mackey uses a conventional stance, wears a lifting belt and lifting strap to aid his pull, and even has weight plates attached to the end of his overloaded barbell to provide enough of a challenge.
Mackey’s surprising pull didn’t come without a struggle. The athlete slowly grinds out his rep as he tries to reach the lockout, visibly shaking as the crowd of spectators around his lifting platform cheers the athlete on to reach new heights- the. Eventually, with his successful pull, Mackey was almost relieved that he was done, shaking his head after putting the weight down before walking away.
Mackey offered a brief and proud reflection about his big rise in a post on his Instagram. The bodybuilder/powerlifter unsuccessfully attempted to deadlift the same weight during a training session less than a month ago, making this deadlift feat all the more important.
“I got the lockout, but I want to keep it with my signature smile on top!” Mackey wrote. “Unfortunately, the 910 pounds kept trying to pull me down, but … let’s make it count! Since I missed it a week ago, I’ve been thinking about this lift every day! Nine hundred and ten pounds, great respect to you, but [expletive] you now! Next!”
In a bodybuilding context, Mackey may have separated himself from his peers and past icons in terms of deadlift prowess. The eight-time Mr. Olympia (1998-2005) Ronnie Coleman once earned praise for deadlifting 362.8 kilograms (800 pounds) in 2000 while working toward an Olympia title defense. Since then, Mackey has been clearing the bar by leaps and bounds, but especially without preparing for any major bodybuilding competitions like the legendary Coleman.
Without official records for competitive bodybuilders who want to test their strength through a powerlifting prism, it’s unclear where Mackey’s latest PR deadlift ranks in the history of the sport. However, this is probably one of the biggest draws to someone who also makes a point to show off their professional body on a stage.
The year 2023 started with a bang for Mackey. If this deadlift is his first significant step forward at the turn of the calendar, it probably won’t be the last we hear from him in the coming months.
Featured image: @jmackey33_ifbbpro on Instagram
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