Within the present pantheon of strongman, Martins Licis is likely one of the inarguable pillars of the game. The 32-year-old athlete can boast a World’s Strongest Man (WSM) title to his identify (2019) and seemingly finds a method to end close to the highest of many contests he options in. With one other tentpole competitors on the horizon, Licis is coaching to make his regular waves as soon as extra.
On Oct. 17, 2022, Licis shared a video of himself capturing a 455-kilogram (1,003-pound) block-pull deadlift for 4 reps. Per the caption of his submit, Licis apparently had “loads extra in reserve” even after ending the set. Notably, Licis didn’t disclose the exact heights of the blocks. Nonetheless, judging by the video, they look like roughly half the peak of the 6-foot-3 strongman’s calves when standing straight up. The athlete wore a lifting belt and lifting straps, and accomplished the set whereas donning simply his socks.
Licis’ distinctive deadlift coaching is a part of his preparation for the upcoming 2022 Rogue Invitational. The American strongman is the defending champion of the competition that may happen on Oct. 28-30, 2022, in Austin, TX. Based on Strongman Archives, it’ll even be Licis’ first look in a proper aggressive strongman setting since he completed in second place to Tom Stoltman on the 2022 WSM.
Licis is likely one of the extra embellished and completed energetic strongmen. His 2019 WSM title apart, the athlete has additionally by no means didn’t qualify for the WSM finals in 5 appearances. His general precedent reveals that he often fares properly amongst his friends in different competitions, too.
Right here’s an summary of the extra important outcomes from Licis’ illustrious profession up to now:
Martins Licis | Notable Profession Outcomes
- 2015 America’s Strongest Man — Second place
- 2017-2018 Final Strongman Summermania — First place
- 2018 Giants Reside World Tour Finals — Second place
- 2018 Arnold Europe Arnold Professional Strongman World Collection — First place
- 2019-2020 Arnold USA Arnold Professional Strongman World Collection — First place
- 2019 WSM — First place
- 2019 Giants Reside Wembley — First place
- 2021 Rogue Invitational — First place
- 2022 Arnold Strongman Traditional — First place
- 2022 WSM — Second place
On the time of this text’s publication, right here is the present roster for the newest version of the strongman Rogue Invitational:
2022 Rogue Invitational Roster
This newest deadlift pull is perhaps an instance of Licis ramping up his coaching as he will get set to compete once more. Ought to the strongman efficiently repeat as Rogue Invitational champion, it’ll undoubtedly be one other spectacular notch within the belt for one of many largest names in strongman.
Featured picture: @martinslicis on Instagram