CrossFit Champ Flexes Powerlifting Prowess with 1,400lb
Two-time Fittest Man on Earth®, Justin Medeiros, took a detour from his CrossFit journey to flex his muscles in the powerlifting arena. The CrossFit champ made his competitive powerlifting debut at the 2023 USA Powerlifting (USAPL) Holiday Hoist, where he showcased his strength in the raw 90-kilogram (198-pound) weight class.
Medeiros, eager to lift heavy before the 2024 CrossFit season, was one of five athletes in the class. He made a strong impression, going eight-for-nine in attempts and joining the 500-pound squat club.
His performance earned him the silver medal with a total of 642.5-kilogram (1,416.5-pound).
While this was Medeiros’ first powerlifting competition, he’s no stranger to the squat, deadlift, or bench press.
These lifts are integral to competitive CrossFit, and Medeiros has been honing his strength and barbell skills since his rise to the top of the functional fitness sport.
The CrossFit community got a taste of powerlifting at the 2023 Rogue Invitational’s max deadlift event. Chandler Smith and Alex Gazan won the event, lifting 610 and 425 pounds in the Men’s and Women’s divisions, respectively.
Although standalone powerlifting events are rare at the CrossFit Games, these movements are a staple in the Games’ programming. Whether it’s kettlebell deadlifts, dumbbell bench presses, or sandbag squats, powerlifting’s influence in functional fitness is undeniable.
As the 2024 CrossFit season looms, with the Open kicking off on Feb. 29, 2024, Medeiros’ powerlifting stint suggests he’s banking on strength to play a pivotal role in his journey to the 2024 CrossFit Games in Fort Worth, TX.
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