Brute Showdown Finale: Does the Bodybuilder, Weightlifter, CrossFitter, or Powerlifter Win?

“Actually, I really suck at soccer. I got kicked out when I was about 9 years old, the coach said I was too aggressive with the other kids when they’d come after the ball, so I think the last time I touched a soccer ball I was 9.” – Steve Gentili

Earlier today, the conclusion of the Brute Strength Showdown was released on YouTube, and let me be the first to say, it doesn’t disappoint. Wait, which series? Over the last month, Brute Strength has taken an Olympic level weightlifter, an elite powerlifter, a professional bodybuilder, and a CrossFit Games level athlete, and pitted them against one another in a multi-event competition.

The first events have ranged from things like a max clean, heaviest deadlift, a posing contest, and a CrossFit workout. In addition, there were events like a burger eating contest in episode, and the final episode below includes events like a football combine test, soccer dribbling, knockout (basketball), and much more.

For the final episode, competitors compete in events and sport movements completely foreign to their respective strength sports. In case you’ve missed the previous episodes in this four part series we’ve covered episode two and three, and I’d recommend checking them out before reading further (spoiler alert below).

Moving on, regardless if you’ve been following along the whole time, or you’re new I think it’s worth mentioning the competitors again, along with their strength sports.

Athletes That Competed

  • Weightlifter: Luis Mosquera (2016 Rio Olympics 69kg bronze medalist)
  • CrossFit Games Athlete: Jacob Heppner 
  • Bodybuilder: Lawrence Balleneger
  • Powerlifter: Steve Gentili

Who Came Out On Top?

If you had to take a pick, who do you think would come out on top in respects to being the most dynamic athlete? To be honest, I had my money on Heppner or Mosquera come out on top, but thought Heppner would walk away with the win, although, I was happily wrong.

Mosquera ended up taking home first after a commanding performance in episode four with no finishes above second place. He finished first in every football combine event, first in the batting cages, and first in knockout.

  • Luis Mosquera – 25 points
  • Jacob Heppner – 32 points
  • Lawrence Balleneger – 38 points
  • Steve Gentili – 38 points
Brute Strength Episode 4
Brute Strength Episode 4

Gentili says it best, “Don’t read too deeply into it.”

Obviously, not every athlete was in the same weight class, so an argument could be made about the events being slightly catered towards a lighter weight athlete, and so forth, but that shouldn’t be a hang up. Every athlete involved excels in their respective sport, and it was fun watching them come together to take on these multiple events.

Hopefully we see more series like this in the near future!

Feature image from Brute Strength YouTube channel. 


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Jake holds a Master's in Sports Science and a Bachelor's in Exercise Science. Currently, Jake serves as one of the full time writers and editors at BarBend. He's a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and has spoken at state conferences on the topics of writing in the fitness industry and building a brand. As of right now, Jake has published over 1,100 articles related to strength athletes and sports. Articles about powerlifting concepts, advanced strength & conditioning methods, and topics that sit atop a strong science foundation are Jake's bread-and-butter. On top of his personal writing, Jake edits and plans content for 15 writers and strength coaches who come from every strength sport.Prior to BarBend, Jake worked for two years as a strength and conditioning coach for hockey and lacrosse players, and was a writer at the Vitamin Shoppe's corporate office. Jake regularly competes in powerlifting in the 181 lb weight class, and considers himself a weightlifting shoe sneaker head. On the side of writing full time, Jake works as a part-time strength coach and works with clients through his personal business Concrete Athletics in Hoboken and New York City.