Consider Sept. 25, 2021, Atlas Stone day. No, it is not because 2021 World’s Strongest Man (WSM) champion Tom Stoltman lifted heavier than his 286-kilogram (630.5-pound) world record. Nor is it due to three-time World’s Strongest Woman (WSW) Donna Moore surpassing her 171-kilogram (378-pound) world record. It is because Dylan Miraglia — brother of strongman marathoner and endurance athlete Michael Miraglialoaded a 192-pound stone 194 times in one hour.

Heading into this challenge, Miraglia knew the world record for total weight to beat was 30,000 pounds. After performing his 194th rep, Miraglia’s feat of strength and endurance culminated in a total of 37,470.8 pounds. He told BarBend he is submitting the evidence of his performance to the Guinness Book of World Records® for verification.

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On May 30, 2021, Miraglia walked into GYM N°5 in Boulder, CO, and lifted a 31-pound personal record in the Stone of Steel — 154.7 kilograms (341 pounds). Three months later, he might have etched his name into the Guinness Book of World Records®. When he lifted the Stone of Steel — which is loaded with weight plates rather than made of concrete like a typical Atlas Stone — he did not wear any tacky or cover his forearms with any cloth or material. For his Guinness World Record® attempt, he wore a pair of arm sleeves. He still, however, did not use knee sleeves, elbow sleeves, wrist wraps, or a lifting belt.

To get a sense of just how much weight Miraglia lifted in one hour, it would be equivalent to Tom Stoltman hoisting his world record Atlas Stone 59.4 times or Moore lifting her world record Atlas Stone 99.1 times. Of course, there is a big difference between lifting maximal weight versus lifting for volume, but 18.7 tons is still gigantic. That’s just a little over a ton shy of equaling the weight of the train the 2021 WSM competitors pushed in the Train Push event.

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BarBend reached out to Miraglia regarding his weight at the time of the event and what his preparation consisted of. We will update this article accordingly when he responds and when the record is verified.

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