Joe Mackey is a bodybuilder that has shown off extremely brute strength during his career.
Joe Mackey is an IFBB professional bodybuilder with the strength of a powerlifter. During his career, Mackey has maintained a strong physique while trying to accomplish goals in the gym. Recently, he reached one of his goals deadlifting 900 pounds.
Mackey stepped up to the bar with wrist wraps and a lifting belt. This is considered a raw lift because of the equipment used and this was a long journey for Mackey in the gym. Mackey shared the lift to Instagram and dedicated it to Cedric McMillan.
“THIS ONE WAS FOR YOU TOO @CEDRICMCMILLAN REST IN PARADISE BIG BRO”
Joe Mackey has been chasing this personal record for quite some time now. He made it clear that he wanted to get to the 900-pound mark and was able to do it on Saturday. Even after completing the feat of strength, Mackey had to acknowledge that it was no easy task.
“IT WAS NOT THE PRETTIEST BUT TOLD YOU AND MYSELF I WAS GOING TO DO IT AND I DID JUST THAT!
I KNOW I DON’T SAY THIS OFTEN, BUT HOLY SHIT, THAT WAS HEAVY!
IF YOU LOOK MIDWAY THRU THE LIFT YOU’LL SEE I SHAKE MY HEAD NO BECAUSE DOUBT KICKED IN AND SAID DROP IT, BUT THAT WASN’T GOING TO HAPPEN WITHOUT A FIGHT.”
To build physiques like those in bodybuilding, there has to be some massive weight being moved in the gym. When looking at the sport as a whole, Joe Mackey continues to be one of the strongest competitors in the world. Along with Kyle Kirvay, the term powerbuilding has been used to describe those who excel in both bodybuilding and powerlifting.
Mackey earned his Pro Card in 2016 when he finished second in the super-heavyweight division at the 2016 NPC Nationals. He has not won a competition yet but has been featured in five since 2016. His best finish came during the 2020 Tampa Pro when he placed eighth.
After reaching his 900-pound deadlift goal, Mackey will now look to check off his next venture — winning a professional bodybuilding show. It has been a record-setting year for Mackey and it could lead to a victory on stage. If this happens, he will officially take the next step in many avenues in his career.