At 475 lbs, This Is the Biggest Football Power Clean We’ve Ever Seen

Football weight room power cleans could be a sport in their own right: Straps on, lift out of the rack, get some good pre-oscillation going in that bar, toss up, starfish legs, and rest the bar on your pecs.

And as critical as that take is – sometimes it’s fun to be brutal about other people’s form – 475 pounds is a whole lot of weight to hang power clean. If this is really 475 (it’s hard to tell from the black plates, video angle, and lack of any sort of visual verification), you’re looking at a strong athlete no matter how you slice it. It could feasibly be that much weight, with four 45 lb plates, a 25 lb plate, and a 10 lb plate on each side, though the last metal plate looks to be a bit small for that.

You be the judge:

One piece of technique advice for the videographer: Turn the smartphone sideways.

The video reportedly comes from Liberty University strength coach Bill Gillespie, as reported on Powerlifting Watch. According to their excerpt and letter, the athlete listed is 226-pound Dexter Robbins, who, along with his prodigious strength, appears to have some sweet linebacker hair flow up top.

Read Coach Gillespie’s full letter (and watch this lift again, and again, and again) over on Powerlifting Watch.

David Tao

David Tao

BarBend's Co-Founder and Editorial Director, David is a veteran of the health & fitness industry, with nearly a decade of experience building and running editorial teams in the space. He also serves as a color commentator for both National and International weightlifting competitions, many through USA Weightlifting.

David graduated from Harvard University and served for several years as Editorial Director/Chief Content Officer of In addition to his work in the health & fitness industry, David has been a writer for Fortune and, as well as a contributor to, Slate, and numerous other outlets across the web and in print. He's especially passionate about the intersection of strength sports and quality, professional media coverage — overlapping interests shared by the BarBend editorial team and which drive their content strategy each and every day.

David is a proud Kentucky native. In his free time, David is a voiceover actor and can be heard in animated films, independent shorts, music videos, commercials, and podcasts.

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