March 28, 2022
American powerlifter Danny Grigsby AKA Grigs set a new record for the heaviest raw deadlift of all time. Grigsby set this mind-boggling record over the weekend on March 26th at the 2022 Virginia Beach Classic 2.
Grigsby competing in the 140kg (308lb) weight class deadlifted the massive weight of 465kg (1,025 lbs)!
Grigsby is known for his prowess in the deadlift in the 125kg weight class, but for this event, he competed at the 140kg weight class. This extra mass and muscle helped him break the previous raw deadlift record by just over 10 pounds, a record that Benedikt Magnússon set back in 2011 at the Hardcore Clash of the Titans IV.
Grigsby went 3 for 3 at the event and set a record at each attempt. Using only a lifting belt, a sumo stance, hooked grip, and brute strength, Grigsby muscled up the tremendous weights.
Watch the heaviest raw deadlift of all time below, courtesy of Kingofthelifts:
Danny Grigsby grew up playing sports in Oregon, including basketball, football, and track and field. He ended up playing one year of college football. In college, he figured out that training for the sports was more enjoyable than the sports themselves.
He started competitive powerlifting in 2013 at the age of 19 in the 220 weight class. At his first meet, he put up the following raw numbers:
From the beginning, the deadlift was Grigsby’s bread and butter.
Grigsby dropped out of university then worked for a few years before joining the Marines at 21 years old. Luckily he had the time to continue training during his service.
In the fourteen meets Grigsby has competed in, he’s finished first apart from 3 events. With Grigsby hitting over the 1,000lbs mark, he might be in the running for the Giants Live deadlift challenge of 505kgs in the near future. Not many men can compete at this level seeing how Eddie Hall and Thor, the two men to hit the 500kg mark, aren’t lifting competitively anymore.
Danny Grigsby is well on his way to cementing himself in history as one of the best powerlifters of all time. At only 28 years old, the sky is the limit for Grigsby. We’ll keep you updated on his performances moving forward now that he’s in the higher 140kg weight class.
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