Jamal Browner has made a reputation for himself as a powerlifter gathering aggressive victories and World Information, significantly showcasing his deadlift prowess. On Sept. 2, 2023, he explored the problem of a brand new energy sport by competing on the World Deadlift Championship (WDC) carried out beneath strongman contest guidelines.
Simply seven days after his look on the WDC, Browner returned to the fitness center for a “YOLO” deadlift coaching session — his annual private custom after a significant contest. On Sept. 9, 2023, Browner posted a video on his YouTube channel documenting his try at a weight that no athlete within the historical past of any energy sport has efficiently accomplished.
Browner, who competes within the 109.7-kilogram (242-pound) powerlifting class, is seen tackling a 510-kilogram (1,124-pound) on two separate makes an attempt, adopted by an try at 505 kilograms (1,113 kilos).
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Within the coaching video, Browner is first proven performing progressively heavier warm-up units. He started at 120 kilograms (265 kilos) earlier than transferring by 220 kilograms (485 kilos), 320 kilograms (705 kilos), 370 kilograms (815 kilos), 420 kilograms (925 kilos), and eventually 460 kilograms (1,015 kilos). After finishing the primary set, he wore lifting straps and a weightlifting belt for the remaining lifts.
Browner then made the enthusiastic choice to leap to 510 kilograms (1,124 kilos). He lifted the barbell off the bottom comparatively shortly earlier than stalling at his knees. On his second try at 510 kilograms, Browner is seen with talcum powder throughout his thighs to scale back friction and support the elevate (a standard approach in powerlifting).
He was capable of get the bar barely greater on his knees earlier than returning the burden to the bottom, the place he shortly unstrapped his grip and walked off the platform whereas talking with spectators within the fitness center. By his demeanor, one may mistakenly assume that the trouble of lifting greater than a half-ton wasn’t all too exhausting for the energy athlete.
The ultimate try of the day was 505 kilograms (1,113 kilos). Browner was capable of easily deliver the bar to only above his knees earlier than hitting a wall and struggling for a number of transient seconds earlier than changing the bar on the bottom. Browner later said that every one three makes an attempt had been carried out over a 30-minute interval.
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Unsuccessful lifts are doubtlessly much less thrilling and dramatic than totally locked out repetitions. Nonetheless, what units Browner aside from the deadlifting pack, except for the sheer weight itself, are the circumstances beneath which he carried out. In coaching for the WDC, Browner spent practically 4 months lifting with a standard deadlift stance because of the strongman ruleset.
Browner’s earlier heaviest profitable deadlifts, together with a 455-kilogram (1,003-pound) deadlift in competitors and a 500-kilogram (1,102-pound) deadlift in coaching, had been carried out with a sumo deadlift stance. The current “YOLO” session was solely his second time returning to the broader stance in roughly 15 weeks and, as he said within the video, his approach has but to return to 100%.
Browner beforehand tried a 510-kilogram deadlift throughout a “YOLO” session roughly two weeks after his efficiency on the 2022 USPA Professional Uncooked Championships. In that try, he lifted the burden from the ground however was unable to succeed in knee-level.
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For additional context of Browner’s capabilities, two-time World’s Strongest Man (2021-2022) Tom Stoltman introduced plans to try a 505-kilogram deadlift sooner or later in 2024. One of many present heaviest all-time deadlifts (501 kilograms) belongs to 2018 World’s Strongest Man Hafthor Bjornsson, who outweighs Browner by greater than 60 kilograms (132 kilos).
Browner has not introduced whether or not his subsequent aggressive look shall be a powerlifting contest or one other enterprise into strongman. In both case, the ground-breaking 510-kilogram deadlift stays on his radar. In response to Browner, he plans to take 4 or 5 days relaxation earlier than making an attempt the burden as soon as once more. So the file might fall sooner reasonably than later.