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. 

Nick English

Nick English

Nick is a content producer and journalist with over seven years’ experience reporting on four continents. His first articles about health were on a cholera outbreak in rural Kenya while he was reporting for a French humanitarian organization. His next writing job was covering the nightlife scene in Shanghai. He’s written on a lot of things.

After Shanghai, he went on to produce a radio documentary about bodybuilding in Australia before finishing his Master’s degrees in Journalism and International Relations and heading to New York City. Here, he’s been writing on health full time for more than five years for outlets like BarBend, Men's Health, VICE, and Popular Science.

No fan of writing in the third person, Nick’s passion for health stems from an interest in self improvement: How do we reach our potential?

Questions like these took him through a lot of different areas of health and fitness like gymnastics, vegetarianism, kettlebell training, fasting, CrossFit, Paleo, and so on, until he realized (or decided) that strength training fit best with the ideas of continuous, measurable self improvement.

At BarBend his writing focuses a little more on nutrition and long-form content with a heaping dose of strength training. His underlying belief is in the middle path: you don’t have to count every calorie and complete every workout in order to benefit from a healthy lifestyle and a stronger body. Plus, big traps are cool.

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