The last day of the Arnold Sports Festival, held in Columbus, Ohio, is becoming known as one of the best strength spectacles of the weekend. Rogue Fitness holds its annual Record Breakers event, which allows multiple strongman athletes to partake in the chance to break various world records for cash prizes.
If an athlete can break one of the records at this event, they walk away with $5,000 USD in prize money, along with a submission to the Guinness Book of Records. This year, Rogue Fitness had four world records up for grabs and these entailed,
- Weight Over Bar: Hafthor Björnsson
- Cyr Dumbbell: Mateusz Kieliszkowski, Brian Shaw, and Dimitar Savatinov
- Henry ‘Milo’ Steinborn Rockover Squat: Martins Licis
- Slater Stones: Leifa Ingalls, Olga Liaschuk, Donna Moore, and Kristen Rhodes
Over two weeks ago, Latvian strongman Martins Licis made waves in the social media strength sport community with his epic 506 lb (229.5kg) Steinborn squat double. Upon posting this video, Licis dropped the news that he’d be attempting to break the official Steinborn Squat World Record at the 2018 Rogue Record Breakers event.
To best the Steinborn Squat world record, Licis had to top the current 98-year-old 550 lb (250kg) record held by Melo Steinborn himself.
With 560 lbs (254kg) on the bar and legendary strongman Odd Haugen standing behind coaching, Licis stood up, positioned it on his back, and descended downward. What happens next? We’ll let you watch the video to find out. Also, thank you to IronMind for sending this awesome clip to us.
To add to this lift’s impressiveness, Licis performed three easy squats in-between standing the bar up, loading it on his back, and rocking it back to the ground to finish the lift.
This successful 560 lb (254kg) Steinborn squat earned Licis $5,000 USD prize money, a newly submitted record in the Guinness Book of Records, and an epic world record that honors one of strength sport’s most influential pioneers.
Feature image screenshot from @ironmind Instagram page.