After an extremely impressive first year on the pro Strongman circuit, Mitchell Hooper is poised for the 2023 Arnold Classic to be his biggest statement to date. The calm and confident Canadian raised plenty of eyebrows at the Rogue Invitational last fall, finishing third in the competition and setting a new world record in the Replica Dinnie Stone Hold. With his reputation growing, Hooper won’t be sneaking up on anybody in Columbus, as his uniquely balanced skill set and analytical approach to the sport should make him a serious podium threat for the foreseeable future.
“If I wasn’t paid to do this and if I didn’t have any accolades, I would still be in the same gym doing the same thing,” Hooper says. “I love to do this.”
The Arnold Strongman Classic and the first official Arnold Strongwoman Classic will both be taking place this March 3-4 as part of the 2023 Arnold Sports Festival in Columbus, Ohio. Follow Rogue for regular updates on live streams, leaderboards and more.