On Sept. 24, 2022, in a video on his Instagram, strongman Evan Singleton announced that he recently tore his right distal biceps tendon during a training session. He withdrew from the upcoming 2022 Giants Live World Tour Finals on Oct. 8, 2022, in Glasgow, Scotland, and the 2022 Rogue Invitational on Oct. 28-30, 2022, in Austin, TX. (Note: At the time of this writing, a replacement for Singleton in both contests hasn’t been revealed.)

In a Sept. 28, 2022, Instagram update, Singleton announced that he underwent successful surgery to reattach his biceps tendon. The athlete did not offer a concrete timetable for a full recovery from his injury but alluded to plans to try and compete in the 2023 World’s Strongest Man (WSM). 

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Before his surgery, in one of his apparent last heavy lifting sessions for a while, Singleton shared a Sept. 25 Instagram clip of himself powering through some heavy box squats. The athlete completed a 340-kilogram (751-pound) set for three reps.

“The last time I’ll be lifting heavy for a while, so might as well make it good,” Singleton wrote of his box squat workout. “Definitely ran on pure anger and hate today. I didn’t really realize how upset I was until the weights got heavier and heavier. The more weight there was, it was almost like it was just pulling the emotion to the surface. I’m going to be getting real friendly with squats again after surgery.”

Singleton would subsequently upload a Sept. 28, 2022, video to his YouTube channel focusing on his deadlift. Because he couldn’t apply any pressure to his right arm, the strongman wore a protective body strap. He would capture a 385.6-kilogram (850-pound) pull for his best one-rep. After finishing deadlifting, Singleton trained his left arm with lateral raises, dumbbell biceps curls, and cable curls.

To outline his future plans in the YouTube video, Singleton maintained that the 2023 WSM will be his “first stop.” Following that, he will intend to get back onto the Giants Live circuit and the 2023 Rogue Invitational. In 2021, he notably won the 2021 Giants Live World Open and the 2021 Arnold Strongman Classic UK — the inaugural edition of the contest.

Depending on Singleton’s recovery and training, he may well return to that high standard of performance come next year. 

Featured image: @evan_trex_strongman on Instagram