What Is The World Record For Deadlift?

What Is The World Record For Deadlift?


The deadlift is a staple exercise that works your entire body. It mainly targets your legs, back, upper body, biceps and shoulders. 

Deadlifting tends to be highly entertaining when performed as a strength exercise. When we see people deadlifting large amounts, we stop and watch because, quite honestly, it's impressive.

Have you ever wondered what the heaviest weight deadlifted is

Let's take a look!

What's the heaviest a woman has deadlifted?

Currently holding the world record sport for the heaviest deadlift of a female is Powerlifter Tamara Walcott. According to Barbed records, she "Deadlifts All-Time Women’s Raw World Record Of 288.5 Kilograms (636 Pounds)." (Walcott, 2022)

Tamara's Background:

Tamara Walcott is a 37-year-old divorced mother of two who decided to take charge of her life in 2018. Weighing 415 pounds, Tamara became morbidly obese, with a food addiction jeopardizing her health and vitality. Realizing something had to change she turned to lift as an outlet to release life stressors while learning discipline and control. In just one year, Tamara lost over 100 pounds which she attributes to her mindset shift and perseverance. (Walcott, 2022)

Throughout Tamara's journey, she has mastered balance, raising two children, working a 9-5, running a business and training 3-4 times a week. Her journey has inspired countless women and single moms to be confident in their skin, take control of their lives and get it done. (Walcott, 2022) 

What is the heaviest weight ever deadlifted?

The heaviest deadlift ever recorded, according to Guinness World Record“The heaviest deadlift is 501 kg (1,104.5 lb), and was achieved by Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson from Iceland at Thor's Power Gym, Kópavogur, Iceland, on 2 May 2020."

Hafþór Júlíus Background:

Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson is a professional strongman and actor. He is the 2018 World’s Strongest Man, the 2018 and 2019 Arnold Strongman Classic winner, a multiple world record holder, and arguably the most muscular man ever to live.

Born on 26 November 1988 in Akranes, Iceland, Hafþór developed strength early, working on the familial farm owned by his grandfather, Reynir Ásgeirsson.  An imposing presence himself at 206cm, the latter said, "Even when Hafþór was not yet tall, he was big and strong.”

Internationally, Hafþór has won Europe’s Strongest Man five times since 2014. He has won the Arnold Strongman Classic twice–widely regarded as the most difficult major strongman competition.

Watch it in action

Tamara Walcott deadlifts 636 pounds.

Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson deadlifts 1,104.5 pounds.

Learn more about the champions:

Tamara Walcott

Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson


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