The first three things that come to mind when doing powerlifting are likely to be the three compound exercises – the squat, bench press, and deadlift. Yes, the big three are what powerlifting is all about. But did you know there was a time when powerlifters did the overhead press instead of the bench press?
The overhead press was one of the 3 movements performed. There was even a fourth pull, the ultimate strength test for your biceps – the strict bicep curl.
Denis Cyplenkov, the famous Russian arm wrestler, performed the heaviest strict curl ever. Denis managed to get a 113kg lock of biceps.
The strict rules of biceps curl
– The bar used in a rigorous curl competition is an EZ bar. The bend in the bar provides a comfortable wrist position and firm grip width to ensure that all participants are using the same hand position. The bar must be held with a two-handed underhand grip with all fingers wrapped around the bar.
– The competitor’s upper back and glutes must touch the wall both on the way up and on the way down. To reduce the likelihood of losing touch with the wall, competitors are taking a broader stance. Some associations only use judges to confirm that the lifter is properly and legally positioned, and do not require the competitor to lean against a wall.
– The heels must not be more than 30 cm away from the wall.
– Once you have gripped the bar, you must stand completely upright with your knees straight and arms outstretched and the bar touching your thighs.
Not so long ago, Larry Wheels – the fastest rising powerlifting sensation and Youtuber – decided to break the rigorous curl record and has been following it ever since. His best curl is 95 kg (209 lbs). This lift isn’t far behind the current record but is still 40 pounds lighter. You can check if Larry performs strict curls in the video below:
Most recently, however, a video of the legendary former IFBB professional bodybuilder Lee Priest appeared in which he performed a strict curl from 100 kg (221 lbs). And he actually lifted the weight relatively easily.
Lee’s lift is 12 pounds better than Larry’s lift. When you add the fact that Priest is 48 years old and has an injured back, it makes the lift even more impressive. Lee used a power rack to lean against a wall.
Now Priest is known for trolling and joking with famous bodybuilders and powerlifters, but Nick Miller of Nick’s Strength and Power (who actually got this video from Lee himself) claims that the lift recorded was indeed legitimate and far from a joke is.
Priest is a living legend and one of the greatest bodybuilders of all time, known for shaming much taller guys in his prime at just 5’4 ” tall. In fact, pound for pound, Lee has probably the best guns in the sport. Not to mention that in his prime he was very strong, lifting huge weights. You can see Priest’s strict curl below:
Priest is clearly a genetic freak, but is he really interested in becoming the new champion for strict bicep curls? We doubt it, but it looks like Lee seems to have started training again after his injury.
Not to mention that he could have rolled in a little more weight than he did. We assume he is not exercising rigorously with this amount of weight on a regular basis, if he is training in this lift at all. But after several months of serious training, it is very likely that a healthy Lee Priest poses a real threat to the record.