DECENDING DEADLIFT IS THE FIRST EVENT THE GUYS ABSOLUTELY CRUSHED.
Sunday April 30th saw a return of The Beast, when Chris Noonan, Steve Cyr, Ryan Aruck and Tyler Rabin all competed, along with their resource mentor and teammate Seth Carbonneau, at the Maine StrongMan 6 in Augusta, MA.
The second event of the day was the descending deadlift during a 60 second time limit. The bar begins 18" off the ground, and very time the bar is lifted a level is removed, causing the next lift start from a lower level than the previous.
All the guys simply kicked ass in this event, with some heat firing up between Seth and Tyler, who both had to pull 450 lbs.
Seth's remarkable form was literally the object lesson of the concept of "retrieval." His ability to drop a little form and return to it for assistance made his lifts look not only effortless, but even poetic. (As if the admiration didn't show by how many photos we took!) I'm bummed we couldn't find a video of it – it was the very epitome of skilled heavy lifting.
Ryan is clearly the King of Hitch Form, and pulled his 575 lbs. with all the fire he is known for.
Tyler's own hitch-form skills also came to his assistance as he snuck in one extra lift just before the time ran out.
Noonan and Steve-O both set PR's on this event as well. Noonan had never lifted 500 lbs. ever in his life – from ANY height – so even if he did not finish this event, he proved that strength is not always about sheer bulk. Meanwhile, Steve proved that graduated practice makes perfect, as he was finally able to use his hip thrust to his full advantage. Pulling 450 lbs. for consecutive reps was more weight than he has ever pulled over 60 seconds. (Way to finally get that gigantic ass DOWN, Steve.)