If you’re in need of a jaw dropping feat of strength, then look no further than Blaine Sumner’s latest performance at the USA Powerlifting Arnold Grand Prix by SBD that took place at this year’s Arnold Sports Festival.
Despite not having quite as large of a crowd at the Arnold as previous years in front of him cheering him on, Sumner still came out and put together record shattering performance. While his whole performance was legendary, one lift in particular has left the strength sports community in absolute awe was his latest squat — more on that below.
Competing in the 120kg+ equipped division, Sumner broke three IPF world records for the squat, bench press, and total. His final numbers for the performance were as follows:
- Squat: 515kg/1,135 lbs IPF World Record
- Bench Press: 426kg/939 lbs IPF World Record
- Deadlift: 355kg/782 lbs
- Total: 1,296kg/2,857 lbs IPF World Record
Now that we’ve established Sumner’s performance as a whole was amazing, let’s get back to the squat and discuss why it was so impressive.
Since this was an IPF sanctioned meet, lifters have to walk out the weight from the rack, and walking out 515kg then squatting it is no joke — we can’t even comprehend it! Check out the video below where Sumner stumbles slightly before completing the successful lift, talk about composure.
How Top Athletes Responded
In the comments section of his video above, handfuls of top athletes came out to pay their congratulations and acknowledgement of Sumner’s latest monstrous performance. Check out what some of the top athletes said below.
- Andy Huang, elite powerlifter said, “You are da mannn!”
- Ray Williams, IPF world record holding powerlifter wrote, “Massive lift big homie… Congratulations on crushing it again!!”
- Grant Higa, elite powerlifter said, “That save on the Walkout DOE F*ckin A. Congrats!”
- Laurence Shahlaei, pro strongman wrote, “Wow you are incredible buddy. Congratulations”
- Sheri Miles, elite IPF powerlifter commented, “I’m speechless. Too insane for words. You walk it out, stumble, reset and NAIL IT. It’s 515kg and destroyed it. WOW WOW WOW. GOAT”
With another incredible performance under his belt, Sumner has certainly earned himself some more chicken shakes!