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Brian Shaw reveals why Thor’s livestream deadlift record shouldn’t count

Published: 13/Apr/2020 17:06

by Andy Williams


Fellow strongman Brian Shaw has weighed in with his thoughts on why Game of Thrones’ Hafthor ‘The Mountain’ Bjornsson’s 501 kg deadlift world record attempt on May 2 would “open Pandora’s box” in the realm of strength sports. 

As Hafthor Bjornsson gears up to take Eddie Hall’s 500 kg deadlift world record, many are wondering whether or not the attempt should count as an official world record, given the contrast in circumstances.

Essentially, the Icelandic strongman will attempt to lift 501 kg on his own conventional barbell, with his own calibrated plates in the familiar setting of his own gym. And aside from that, the 31-year-old will be able to dictate the amount of rest he gets between his warm-up lifts — a key factor in mitigating the cumulative fatigue that can build.

Hafthor Bjornsson's Instagram story.
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A feud between both Bjornsson and Hall has been available for public consumption via the pair’s Instagram stories.

American strongman Robert Oberst edged in with his say during his April 12 YouTube video, by stating that the record should not stand officially since Bjornsson wouldn’t have to deal with the strains of competition — something which Eddie had to deal with when pulling 500 kg.

Fellow American Brian Shaw has also expressed his thoughts on the matter, irrespective of the current social media frenzy between The Beast and The Mountain.

Shaw, a four-time World’s Strongest Man and widely regarded as the most well-rounded strongman of all-time, compared Hafthor’s deadlift world record attempt to “opening Pandora’s box” and implied that a slew of people may follow in claiming that they have world records in the aftermath.

“We can’t allow world records to start happening in people’s gyms,” Shaw stated before going on to say that he doesn’t understand where the sport will go from here, if world records no longer need to be beaten in a competitive environment.

Prior to the current global health situation, Hafthor was looking to peak in time for a competition and pull the weight under normal circumstances, but of course, current events have skewed that and an alternate course of action has been taken to accommodate.

However, Shaw believes that should Bjornsson pull 501 kg on May 2, it should be dubbed an unofficial world record until it’s repeated in an official strongman competition.

African strongman Cheick ‘Iron Biby’ Sanou recently pushed 233.5 kg in a home gym setting, which he hailed as an “unofficial all-time world record” — a feat which he failed to hit at 2018’s Europe’s Strongest Man.

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? 233.5kg/ 514 lbs Unofficial all Time log lift World record was done this year during my prep for World log lift CHAMPIONSHIP. I know what i Can DO so i was being quiet. But things changed now. And i Guess many people are acting and forgetting who won the log lift CHAMPIONSHIP last year. Got many people inboxing me and wanting to know when i will break this record. Here IS my answer. Because of this pandemic every professional sports in the World have been postponed. Mortality rate going up everyday. I really Care about what Happening now so i will wait & compete when things Come back to normal. The official New date of GIANTS LIVE WORLD LOG LIFT CHAMPIONSHIP is August 8th. To be crown a king you have to face all the athletes and in front of strongman fans . Thats how IT'S DONE ! #real #king #strongman #loglift #isymfs #ironaddict #beastmode #teamironbiby #stayathome

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Alongside The Mountain’s upcoming deadlift world record attempt, Shaw touched on Luke Stoltman’s upcoming log press world record attempt, who will also be attempting this from a home gym.

Brian stood firm in his belief that this together with Hafthor’s attempt should not stand as an official world record until repeated at a sanctioned event.


Mike Majlak reveals why he’s broken up with Lana Rhoades

Published: 31/Oct/2020 5:29

by Alex Tsiaoussidis


Mike Majlak and Lana Rhoades have been the sweethearts of the internet world for quite some time, but their relationship is officially over, with Mike Majlak breaking the news on YouTube.

Mike Majlak and Lana Rhoades have been in a relationship together for ten months. It’s been a widely publicized roller coaster ride filled with ups and downs. However, it was one that many mutual fans loved to see.

It was also the only relationship Mike Majlak has been involved in throughout the past decade. But sadly, not all relationships can stand the test of time, and the two of them have officially parted ways.

Mike Majlak broke the news in a YouTube video. “Never thought id ever put out a breakup video but this one was necessary,” he said. “I wanted the story told my way before others could tarnish what was an incredible relationship and part of my journey.”

In the video, Mike Majlak explains that he felt like the fans deserved an explanation since the breakup happened out of the blue. “There’s no one specific reason [for the breakup],” he said. “It wasn’t a loyalty thing.”

“The best thing about Amara [which is her real name] is that she’s so fiercely loyal,” he added. “I never once had to worry about her cheating [or] talking to any other guys. It was never about other guys.”

His comment immediately shuts down rumors and accusations that she cheated on him. It’s often the first thing people suspect when there’s a sudden breakup.

Instead, he claimed they were simply “two people who wanted vastly different things.”

Mike Majlak Lana Rhoades Breakup
Mike Majlak / Lana Rhoades
Mike Majlak and Lana Rhoades always looked madly in love.

“Amara was… obsessed with the idea of linear and traditional life and love,” he said. “She wanted to meet a guy, she wanted to settle down, she wanted to have a family and just live this kind of linear life.”

“That’s just not who I am,” he said. He also claimed she was “trying to facilitate the vision that she saw for the relationship, which was getting a house and moving in with her.”

However, while it made “made complete sense to her,” it didn’t to him, and it didn’t feel right to go ahead with it. 

In the end, there were too many signs that they wanted “two vastly different things in life” and “weren’t cut out to be together” and “go the distance.”

The breakup has been hard on them both, so to make things easier, they’ve been trying not to talk and keeping their distance.

It’s a sad end for one of the more beloved internet couples in recent times, but it’s certainly not a bitter one. The two of them have clearly thought long and hard about the decision.

In the end, it seems like calling it quits made the most sense in the long run, but they’ve parted ways on good terms.