In Episode 2 of the Brute Showdown, the weightlifter, powerlifter, bodybuilder, and CrossFit athlete will compete in the Max Clean & CrossFit Event: Grace.
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| Events |
1. Max Clean — Athletes go for a one rep max clean from the floor (lift can be power or full, but cannot be from the hang position)
2. CrossFit Event: Grace — 30 clean and jerks for time at 135 pounds
Watch the whole episode to find out who wins both. And catch some bonus footage, of what a food trip looks like with bodybuilder Lawrence Ballenger (think sugar and protein).
| Jacob Heppner / CrossFit |
Jacob Heppner is a three-time individual CrossFit Games veteran with two top-10 finishes and a career-best finish of seventh in 2016. A dominant force in the Central and North Central Regionals since 2014—after an 18th-place debut regional appearance in 2013, he’s finished second for the past three years—he excels at high-volume, long-duration events. Loved for his tendency to turn post-event interviews into stand-up comedy routines, Heppner, a former collegiate football player, is a trainer at Cobra Command CrossFit in Basehor, Kansas, and a project manager by day.
| Steve Gentili / Powerlifter |
A former college football player, Steve Gentili turned to competitive powerlifting after injuries cut short his football playing days. In a short time Steve has become one of the top professional raw powerlifers in the world, boasting impressive numbers in the squat, bench press and deadlift. Steve joined the Beast team after a successful meet in 2015, adding to his impressive numbers in the 275-pound class in 2016. Already one of the strongest bench pressers in the world – using 200-pound and heavier dumbbells for sets of 10 on the bench press – Steve turned in a complete performance at his most recent United States Powerlifting Association (USPA) competition. He squatted 705 pounds, benched 562 pounds and deadlifted 804 pounds for an incredible 2,071-pound raw total.
| Lawrence Ballenger / Bodybuilder |
He is a 5-time cover model and national level bodybuilder/classic physique competitor and author. Lawrence had the chance to work with some of the greatest minds in the fitness industry. He wants to pass out all the knowledge he earned over the years to help everyone advance to their personal fitness goals faster.
| Luis Javier Mosquera / Weightlifter |
Colombian Olympic weightlifter. He represented his country in the Men’s 69 kg Weightlifting competition at the 2016 Rio De Janeriro Summer Olympics on August 9, 2016, winning the bronze medal.
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| Camera and Edits |
Cameras: Sony FS700, a7sII, a6300
Lens: Sony Zeiss 35mm f/1.4, Canon 24-70, Sony Sonnar T* FE 35mm f/2.8
Filmed by: Nelson Nieto and John Rains
Produced and Edited: Nelson Nieto
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