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Powerlifter Performs Heaviest Deadweight Lift Ever

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Powerlifter Performs Heaviest Deadweight Lift Ever

A powerlifter from Poland appears to have broken a record for the heaviest deadlift previously held by Game Of Thrones' The Mountain.

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Any Game of Thrones fan will be able to tell you that you wouldn't want to mess with The Mountain, aka Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson, and while certainly that continues to be the case, people should also make sure to stay on the right side of Krzysztof Wierzbicki, also known as Mr. Deadlift.

The powerlifter took to Instagram this week to share footage of himself apparently pulling off the world's heaviest deadlift during a training session, with even the bar designed to hold the weight bending under the amount of plates added to either side.

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In the clip, Wierzbicki bends down into a squat to grab hold of the bar before slowly, but successfully, lifting an incredible 502.5kg (1107.8lbs) off the ground.

According to the Guinness World Records, the existing official record for the heaviest deadlift belongs to Björnsson, who earned the title in 2020 with a deadlift of 501kg (1104.5lbs) in an attempt sanctioned by the Worlds Ultimate Strongman. The actor beat beat Eddie Hall's previous record of 500kg (1102.3lbs), achieved in 2016, by just 1kg (2.2lbs).

Onlookers could be heard cheering as Wierzbicki managed to lift the weight off the ground, and as soon as he slammed it back on the ground he was met with a hug.

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To help put the achievement in context, 502.5kg is more than the average weight of an adult horse, and more than four times the weight of boxer Tyson Fury, who last week weighed in at 120kg for his fight against Dillian Whyte.

Krzysztof Wierzbicki broke the record for the heaviest deadlift. Credit: Instagram/@mr.deadlift
Krzysztof Wierzbicki broke the record for the heaviest deadlift. Credit: Instagram/@mr.deadlift

I think the fact he goes by Mr. Deadlift on Instagram makes it clear that Wierzbicki is no stranger to the weightlifting move, and he has been building up to his record-breaking feat for some time by lifting increasingly heavy weights during his sessions.

Earlier this month, he successfully lifted a 461kg deadlift, followed by a 490kg lift.

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Instagram users have praised Wierzbicki for his impressive achievements, with one person encouraging him to post more deadlift videos, writing: "You deserve more credit."

Another person wrote: "The greatest thing about you is that when you lift some heavy weight you don't celebrate because you know that you're the greatest deadlifter of all time"

According to breakingmuscle.com, Danny Grigsby of the United States and Benedikt Magnússon of Iceland are the fourth and fifth record holders after Wierzbicki, Björnsson and Hall, having both achieved lifts with 465kg.

Featured Image Credit: Instagram/@mr.deadlift

Topics: Sport, Weightlifting

Emily Brown
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