Maxime Boudreault has pieced together much of his elite strongman reputation around stellar overhead strength and proficiency. On July 27, 2022, the Canadian strongman showed why with a 195-kilogram (430-pound) log press during a training session that he posted to his Instagram profile.
According to the caption of Boudreault’s post, he referred to the massive log press as “final tuning” for the upcoming 2022 Shaw Classic. The Log Press is one of the staple events on the final day of the competition. That contest will occur on August 13-14 at the Budweiser Event Center in Loveland, CO.
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Boudreault pressing heavy logs overhead is nothing new for the Canadian athlete. According to Strongman Archives, his all-time competition best was a 205-kilogram (451.9-pound) press during the 2021 World’s Strongest Man (WSM) Final, which was enough to tie him for second with Trey Mitchell and Bobby Thompson during the event. That log press also made Boudreault the official Canadian World Record holder. He eventually finished third overall in that WSM contest to Brian Shaw and Tom Stoltman, respectively.
The 2021 WSM and that log press weren’t the only noteworthy milestones for Boudreault during that calendar year. Later, in November 2021, Boudreault notched the first victory of his professional career by winning the inaugural Magnús Ver Magnússon Strongman Classic in locations all over Iceland.
Some of Boudreault’s more recent competitive results include a fifth-place finish in the 2022 WSM and a fourth-place result at the 2022 Giants Live Strongman Classic.
Now, Boudreault will attempt to improve his Shaw Classic history next month after competing in each of the first two editions (2020-2021). He captured an eighth-place result (of 10 athletes) in 2020 and another eighth-place finish in 2021 (of 16 competitors).
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At the time of this writing, here is the confirmed lineup for the 2022 Shaw Classic:
2022 Shaw Classic Lineup
- Trey Mitchell — Defending Champion
- Brian Shaw — 2021 Runner-up
- Mitchell Hooper
- Žydrūnas Savickas
- Tom Stoltman
- Luke Stoltman
- Oleksii Novikov
- Evan Singleton
- Gabriel Rheaume
- Aivars Smaukstelis
- Bobby Thompson
- Maxime Boudreault
- Konstantine Janashia
- Gabriel Peña
- Kevin Faires
- Jerry Pritchett
Here’s the expected schedule of events for the competition:
2022 Shaw Classic Schedule & Events
Day One — Saturday, August 13, 2022
- Max Hummer Tire Deadlift
- Super Yoke Event
- Circus Dumbbell
- Throwing Event (Bag or Keg)
Day Two — Sunday, August 14, 2022
- Log Press
- Frame Carry Arm-Over-Arm Medley
- Car Leg Press for Reps
- Atlas Stones
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At just 29 years old, Boudreault is still seeking to build an acclaimed strongman career. The Canadian athlete is off to a strong start, but he could turn many heads in the strength sports world with an excellent performance at the 2022 Shaw Classic.
Featured image: @max.boudreault23 on Instagram