Rob Kearney, the openly gay professional strongman competitor, set the American record for the log press, hoisting 471 pounds this weekend at a competition in England.
“Did what I came here to do, I proved that I AM THE BEST LOG PRESSER IN AMERICA!! 214kg (471lbs) for a new American Record!” Kearney wrote on Twitter.
Kearney’s feat came at a Giants Live Strongman event in Leeds, England, and was witnessed by his husband, Joey Aleixo.
Log press is pretty much what it sounds like:
The log press is a unique event to strongman. While many of the other events are trained in the gym or used for general conditioning its rare that you’ll find a log presser that doesn’t have an interest in strongman. The idea is simple, get the log from the floor to overhead. Unlike a conventional barbell overhead lift the log is cumbersome, making it difficult to get into the correct position to press. On top of this a log requires a neutral grip, something that will seem unnatural to the uninitiated.
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Did what I came here to do, I proved that I AM THE BEST LOG PRESSER IN AMERICA!! 214kg (471lbs) for a new American Record!! Love ya @robertoberst but that record is mine now . @giantslivewsm @theworldsstrongestman @sbdapparel @w.o.w_straps @consistency_breeds_growth @derekpoundstone @blksport
Kearney lifted 470 pounds in training this weekend, so he was in top form heading into the competition.
Kearney and Aleixo got a lot of deserved attention for their wedding last month in Australia and for how unabashedly out they are. I think it’s cool that one of the world’s strongest men is openly gay.