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Powerlifter Joseph Tumbarello Logs a Ridiculous 281.2-Kilogram (620-Pound) Larsen Press PR


In terms of upper body skills and strength, powerlifter Joseph Tumbarello understands what he wants. If one were to read his entire social media without any context of his career, goals, or ambitions, one would see an athlete wholeheartedly committed to strengthening his chest through the bench press through either which way is necessary. The chest-focused brick power house may have outdone itself with its latest impressive feat in the books.

On January 16, 2022, Tumbarello posted a video on his Instagram profile where he successfully locked the 281.2-kilogram (620-pound) Larsen press while wearing a lifting belt, wrist wraps, and elbow wraps. Generally, a bench press of any kind over 600 pounds is impressive. That is, understandably, a lot of weight to put on a barbell and raise the chest. Except Tumbarello, who weighed 115.2 kilograms (254 pounds) at the time of the lift, did not perform a traditional bench press. He uses the Larsen press variation – with the legs fully extended and the feet hovering above the ground — and set a personal record (PR) in the process.

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What makes a Larsen press difficult, and what should improve the perception of Tumbarello’s latest display of strength, amounts to basic physics.

Because an athlete’s feet are flying off the ground in front of the bench during their set, the Larsen press eliminates any potential to use leg drive to aid in lockout. In a normal bench press, athletes can use their leg drive for more stability during the exercise with their feet firmly planted on the ground. With the legs removed from the equation, an athlete must better use a combination of their chest, triceps, and shoulder muscles to complete their press and remain stable at the same time. That will turn the regular implementation of the Larsen press into a routine that will be more beneficial.

For Tumbarello, even while looking at a new Larsen press, this display of upper body strength is like a day in his “office” full of barbells.

In a competition, Tumbarello has experience outside of showing what he can do on the bench press in the gym. According to Open Powerlifting, the powerlifter has participated in two career contests, the 2019 Revolution Powerlifting Syndicate (RPS) Heatwave 7 (H7) and, most recently, the bench press-only 2022 RPS Bench for Boobs (BFB). Tumbarello competed in wraps in the 100-kilogram weight class of H7 and raw in the 125-kilogram category of BFB. He can boast a respectable victory in the first of the two.

(Note: Tumbarello competed in the Juniors and Open Divisions of the Heatwave 7 contest. He won the Juniors portion and came in second in the Open.)

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With this massive Larsen press PR, Tumbarello wasted no time in attacking 2023 full steam ahead. Less than three weeks into the new year, the athlete has already shared 10 separate Instagram clips of himself performing some kind of mind-blowing bench press workout. With that kind of dedication to his craft, it’s no wonder he can lift over 600 pounds without getting too rooted to the ground.

Featured image: @josephtumbarello on Instagram

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