Throwback: The Three-Person Log Press World Record!

The Log Press is one of the most beloved strongman events — who doesn’t appreciate the dramatic, wobbly cleans, the pregnant pauses in the front rack, and the triumphant, victorious stance of the completed overhead press? The movement encapsulates everything that’s dear to strength sports and essentially defines perseverance.

Make it a partner workout, and you’re adding another dimension to it: teamwork. It makes the dream work, guys.

In this case, the dream was to break the world record in the three-man log press, and we woke up this Thursday thinking that there’s never been a better time to remind our readers of this glorious world record set in Vilnius, the capital city of Lithuania, back in 2013.

The contestants? Lithuanian strongmen Vytautas Lalas, Vidas Blekaitis, and Big Z himself, Zydrunas Savickas. Check out the lift below.

A log weighing 502.5 kilograms (1107.8 pounds) comes out to 167.5kg (370lb) each, plus you have to factor in the extra challenges of coordinating and timing the cleans and presses with two other strongmen.

[Looking for your perfect lifting partner? Here are 10 signs you’ve found yours!]

The world record for the one-person log press (also called “the log press”) is currently held by Big Z, who cleaned and pressed 228kg (501lb) at the 2015 Arnold Classic Brazil.

Partner lifts like the three-man log lift aren’t quite as highly contested as your standard lifts, but it’s always fun to see different ways that athletes try to break them. The closest thing we could find to a two-person log press was this pretty impressive two-person clean and jerk of 260kg (573lb), made by two 69kg lifters. (They work their way up from 170kg.)

And who could forget the partner deadlift world record set by World’s Strongest Man Eddie Hall and Mark Felix last year?

That bar weighed 850kg (1873lb). Got any more favorite partner lifts? Let us know in the comments below!

Featured image via Muscle Screens on YouTube.

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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