How Much Can Rudolph Snatch?

What fun it is to lift and snatch, a sleighing song tonight! Oh! Twenty-two-year-old British weightlifter Sonny Webster, the only British male to compete this year at the Rio Olympic games, is bringing his own version of Christmas cheer to the gym.

Now, you’ve probably seen the videos of folks working out in tyrannosaur costumes. After all, this is the internet.

But we’re almost positive you’ve never seen a reindeer doing Olympic lifts… until today. Webster took to his Instagram to answer the question that we’ve been asking ourselves ever since we heard “Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer.” Sure, Rudolph, with his nose so bright, was able to guide the sleigh that night, but how much can he snatch? The answer: 308.6 pounds, or 140 kg. Natch.

When BarBend caught up with Sonny earlier this year, he told us that his next big goal is to take home a gold medal the the Commonwealth Games, which will be held in Australia in 2018. He didn’t compete in the European under 23 weightlifting championships that were held in Israel earlier this month, and while he is planning to compete in a couple of competitions in the French League in January and February, nobody ever said you can’t train for weightlifting competitions in a giant Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer costume.

Of course, this begs the question: how much can Santa snatch? Sadly, we may never know. But we do know how much he can deadlift: 650 pounds.

That’s Albie Mushaney who is, in his own words, “on a mission to become the world’s strongest Santa.” He can also yoke walk with the best of them.

That sack of toys is gonna feel like nothin’.

Featured image via @sonnywebstergb on Instagram. 


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