Jaksen Daddo lifts logs, yokes and stones. He’s also carrying 100kg for 10km during the Women in Super Mother’s Day Classic on Sunday, May 9, with the aim of raising $10,000 for breast cancer research. We have a chuckle down the phone as this 26-year-old gentle yet strong Mornington resident, who began power lifting in 2015, wonders out loud what that might look like. Sure, he’s done a 280kg deadlift, a 155kg benchpress and a 250kg squat before, but walking 10km carrying that kind of weight could be a challenge – especially with an ankle injury that likes to remind him he’s not infallible.
Jaksen explains: “I started going to the gym when I was still at Woodleigh School, and I trained with Scottish-born strongman Tom Stoltman for 12 months throughout COVID-19 in 2020. He’s the second strongest man in the world. Unfortunately, I injured my ankle early this year, so we will see how the walking goes.
“I’ve got a few close friends whose families have been affected by breast cancer and thought what a great way to be part of the event this year. My mate Bish (James Beischer) and I are training together, and we’ll have a live feed on Instagram on the day. He’ll be doing the normal run. I’ve been experimenting with different bags and weights but will probably end up using a high-quality hiking bag with about 60kg of steel plates and 40kg of sand inside it. I’ve decided to keep to the normal strength training routine, which involves ‘progressive overload’. That means I won’t carry the full amount until May 9. I’m currently training with an 80kg pack and walking 5.4km on the flat in a controlled environment to avoid injury. I still do strongman training six days a week and am specifically training for the Mother’s Day Classic once a week.”
But back to logs, yokes and stones for a bit. Strongman competitions involve push and pull events. Jaksen has participated in the yoke event, which requires competitors to carry a large metal frame with a crossbar inside it in a straight line for up to 20m; the sandbag carry, which involves a 130kg weight that has to be lifted on to a platform; and a stone-lifting event. There are also tyre flip, truck pull, power stair and log pull events. This quietly-spoken young man has competed in RAW Powerlifting competitions and is keen to compete again once events are up and running.
Jaksen continues: “I was 122kg when competing in strongman events over a year ago. There was a lot of eating protein, carbohydrates and fats involved. I’m currently 112kg and will continue to drop weight in preparation for the Mother’s Day Classic. You’ve got to be careful and balance recovery with training. We’ll see how far I can get and how much money Bish and I can raise. We initially had $2000 as our goal but we are already well over the $3000 mark.”
If you’d like to help “two dudes trying to help create a world with cancer-free boobs” raise money for breast cancer research, then go to @daddo_does on Instagram and see the link in his bio and dig deep. Yes? No heavy lifting involved. We promise.