Powerlifting history was changed this past weekend at the International Powerlifting Federation World Open Championships in Dubai. Blaine “The Vanilla Gorilla” Sumner paced the field to the gold medal and forever altered the record books on his way.
The third time was a charm for Sumner of The United States, who broke the IPF equipped world record bench press when he successfully pushed 425.5kg (938lbs) on his third attempt in the super heavyweight class (120+kg). Pressing an immensely large amount of weight is nothing new for the Vanilla Gorilla. In December of 2018, Sumner’s 415kg (915lbs) bench press claimed the world record. Then again in March of this year, Sumner achieved the bench-only all time world record with an astounding 455kg (1,003lbs).
Alongside Sumner’s world record bench press was his 495kg (1,091lbs) squat and his 355kg (783lbs) deadlift for an IPF world record overall total of 1,275.5kg (2812lbs).
Check out the video Sumner shared on his Instagram page that shows all three lifts that culminated to the world record:
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2019 IPF Open World Championships in Dubai – – World Champion in the Super Heavyweight class – Squat: 1,091 lbs Bench: 938 lbs (World Record) Deadlift: 783 lbs Total: 2,811 lbs (World Record, biggest total in IPF history) – – I don’t even know where to begin the thanks. First off my wife @figurebarbie for supporting me, pushing me, taking care of me, and being there in the gym for me every night. My Mom, Dad, @birdbones23 for always supporting me unconditionally. My brother for being my hero and bringing back the American flag from Afghanistan during one of his Special Forces tours that I proudly bring up to to the podium. Dan Gaudreau for the game day coaching, getting me pointed in the right direction in this sport, keeping me grounded and helping me succeed at every competition since the first time I entered his gym 13 years ago. The two best sponsors imaginable – @promerasports has been keeping me fueled the last 10 years and @titanpower81 providing me equipment for just as long. @uncle_clubber and @tteppo35 for all the bench help since I moved back to Wyoming and @bill.collins.10. @_jreyg_ for being my Powerlifting mom. @one.bad.old.man, @tattooedsooner, @tntbtraining for the help the previous few years living in Oklahoma. All of these people are family and I could not do this without them – Too many people to thank but I am also extremely grateful for @usapl_ms for the additional game day coaching and handling. I am not a fun or easy person to be around during competition. All my co-workers for the support and handling things so I can get away for events with minimal stress. And finally everyone that has ever supported me or cheered for me! Thank you all!
Sumner initially shared the news of his record breaking performance in a post of IPF’s video footage of Sumner that shows the full depth of his squat with a replay.
Not only is Sumner’s record performance an incredible accomplishment, but he did it after recovering from a major injury to his left arm that he suffered from squat mishap last year!
Coming back from a gruesome, and what could have been a potentially career ending injury to the best in the world in just over a year’s time is remarkable.
In his Instagram post, Sumner thanked his family, coaching team, sponsors, and fans for their support. Sumner specifically praised his brother, as the American flag that Sumner wrapped around his shoulders as he stood on the podium had special significance, as Sumner wrote:
I don’t even know where to begin to give thanks…My brother for being my hero and bringing back the American flag from Afghanistan during one of his Special Forces tours that I proudly bring up to to the podium.
There is no question that Sumner is one of the strongest men on the world today. At only 32 years old, it is seemingly only a matter of time before another world record is etched in the record books under his name. We may not know when, but we will definitely be watching in awe.
How much does Blaine Sumner weigh?
- As of the 2019 IPF World Open Championship, Sumner weighed 175.7kg (387lbs)
What is Blaine Sumner's diet?
- BarBend explored Blaine Sumner’s chicken shake diet in October 2019.
- The shakes consist of chicken, rice, olive oil, spinach, egg whites, and water.
- Sumner drinks eight of these shakes a day.
- Each shake is 1,000 calories.
Featured image from Blaine Sumner’s Instagram page. @thevanillagorilla92