Strabane strongman sets deadlift world record

LOCAL Strongman Mark ‘Super’ Burke shocked Glasgow crowds last week as he smashed the world record deadlift in the 80kg class at the SFN (Sports Fitness Nutrician) Expo. 

The SFN Expo hosted a large array of strength events including the European Max Log and Deadlift championships and Scotland’s Strongest Man.

Mark, who trains out of Peak Performance Strength and Conditioning ,Strabane, ‘gripped and ripped’ an astonishing 321kg off the ground at the event on Saturday last, more than anyone in history has lifted in his weight class.

“It was a great feeling,” explained a delighted Mark.

“It was my first time competing over in Scotland at the European Deadlifting Championships and my first world record – I’m buzzing.”  Mark had actually completed the lift on his first try  but accidentally dropped the bar before the permission of judges meaning he had to repeat massive feat of strength a second time. 

A drained Mark this week explained the requirements on the body to perform such a lift. 

“I’m feeling the full effects this week that’s for sure,” he said.

“I spent months preparing for the lift. I do my own programming and I approached it doing what has always worked in the past so in that regard my training hasn’t really changed that much leading up to it. I just tried to make sure I was peaking properly for the contest.”

At 5ft 7,  Mark claims being strong was something he never viewed himself as growing up.

“I never really thought I was exceptionally strong when I was younger. I would say my strength comes from years of really hard training.

“I just gave strongman and powerlifting try a few years ago and liked it, I entered a few beginner competitions and did really well and it just took off from there.”

The local man is taking some well needed time off to rest but will be back in the weights room before you know it as he plans to compete at the ‘Static Monsters’ event in Galway next month. He will compete in both the Log and 18 inch Axle Deadlift events – and he has big plans for the latter.

“I’m hoping to break the world record for the 18 inch Axle Deadlift down there as well. I’m contemplating an 800lb (363kg)  pull, which is scary even to think about but I think I’m more than capable of doing it.” 


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