Krzysztof Wierzbicki isn’t shy about his targets. At some point — per a daring, all-caps declaration on his Instagram profile — he needs to deadlift no less than 500 kilograms (1,102 kilos). If his newest exercise is any indication, he’s properly on his manner.
On April 12, 2022, the Polish powerlifter reportedly posted an Instagram story of himself deadlifting 461 kilograms (1,016 kilos) for an unbelievable three reps. The short-term story video is now not out there on Wierzbicki’s profile, however somebody did seize it.
Try the mind-boggling carry beneath — the place Wierzbicski makes use of a sumo stance and lifting straps, and is with out a lifting belt — through the Instagram profile of strongman promoter, Julian Howard:
With over a decade’s value of expertise, Wierzbicki isn’t any stranger to the skilled powerlifting group. He’s been an everyday fixture and headliner within the Polish powerlifting scene and has seldom fallen brief in making his presence recognized in worldwide competitions. Thus far, Wierzbicki has captured 24 particular person victories. Maybe most notably, that features 4 wins within the Worldwide Powerlifting Federation (IPF) World Basic Powerlifting Championships (2013-2014, 2015, 2017).
Wierzbicki is a well-rounded strength-sports athlete, however the deadlift could be most chargeable for his repute. Particularly, he’s in possession of 1 official and unofficial deadlift report.
Throughout the 2020 Nationwide Alliance of Powerlifters (NAP) Siberian Championship, whereas competing within the 100-kilogram weight class, Wierzbicki efficiently pulled the present 433.5-kilogram (955.7-pound) uncooked deadlift report. The following 12 months, throughout the 2021 WRPF-POL Mistrzostwa Polski, he locked out what would usually be a report with a 447.5-kilogram deadlift (986.6 kilos) whereas competing within the 110-kilogram weight class.
Nonetheless, as a result of that latter pull occurred at a deadlift-only meet, Wierzbicki didn’t get the official mark. The excellence nonetheless belongs to Jamal Browner, who pulled 440.5 kilograms (971.1 kilos) on the 2020 World Uncooked Powerlifting Federation (WRPF) Hybrid Showdown II — a full energy meet.
Wierzbicki’s deadlift has additionally seen a gradual, high quality development. In 2017, he first exceeded a then-IPF world report when he pulled a 420-kilogram deadlift (926 kilos) whereas competing within the 120-kilogram weight class. Roughly a half-year later, he pulled his unofficial world report once more in coaching, however for 3 reps.
By the top of the 12 months 2020, Wierzbicki pulled 456 kilograms (1,005 kilos) throughout coaching, breaking the 1,000-pound barrier for the primary time. He wouldn’t have the nickname “Mr. Deadlift” with out a corresponding and acceptable listing of achievements to again that billing up.
The Street to 500 Kilograms
Ought to Wierzbicki ultimately notch the distinctive, uncommon mark of a 500-kilogram deadlift (1,102 kilos), he’ll be part of some unique firm.
Solely two human beings have ever deadlifted no less than that a lot weight — 2017 WSM Champion Eddie Corridor and 2018 WSM Champion Hafthor Björnsson. Each achieved their exceptional deadlifts whereas carrying lifting straps and deadlift fits, and utilizing standard stances.
Notably, Corridor and Björnsson achieved their marks after they had been 28 and 29-years-old, respectively. Because of this, Wierzbicki might quickly declare the distinct honor of being the primary individual of their 30s and the oldest to drag 500 kilograms.
The Polish athlete remains to be 39 kilograms (86 kilos) away from the hallowed mark, however that quantity seemingly will get smaller by the day. Supplied he continues his current tempo, it’d solely be a matter of time earlier than he joins a legendary deadlift membership.
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