The Historic Road To The First 1000-Pound Deadlift

The past few years have been a wonderful time for strength fans. Between strongmen and powerlifters, figures in the squat, deadlift, and bench press have jumped to previously unimagined levels. Right now, the deadlift has never been so popular — strength fans in the 90s would never have imagined that hundreds of thousands of people would watch Hafþór ‘Thor’ Björnsson’s 501kg deadlift world record broadcast live on ESPN. 

That such weights are even conceivable is testament to the long list of strength athletes who have continued to push the boundaries of what is possible when it comes to the deadlift.

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