Cailer Woolam Breaks All-Time Deadlift and Total World Records With 953 lb Pull

Kevin Oak's all-time total world record has officially been topped!

Over the weekend, Cailer Woolam competed at the 2019 Slingshot Record Breakers powerlifting meet hosted at CrossFit CSA in Dublin, California. Heading into the meet to compete in the 220 lb weight class, Woolam had two goals in mind: 1) shatter his current all-time deadlift world record, and 2) break Kevin Oak’s all-time world record total. 

After a strong performance, Woolam can officially say he’s accomplished both of the goals that he set out to accomplish this weekend. Check out Woolam’s final lifts from his performance below. 

  • Squat: 307.5kg/677 lbs
  • Bench Press: 222.5kg/491 lbs
  • Deadlift: 432.5kg/ 953 lbs ATWR
  • Total: 962kg/2,121 lbs ATWR

*ATWR = All-Time World Record

In the squat, Woolam went 2-for-2 and scratched on his third after completing his 307.5kg/677 lb second attempt, which was also a 16 lb meet PR. His previous best squat in a meet was from earlier this year at the Kern US Open where he finished with a 661 lb third attempt. 

While his squat and deadlift were certainly the star players of the meet, Woolam’s bench attempts should not be overlooked.

On the bench press, he had one of his best performances to date and went 3-for-3 finishing with a 222.5kg press for a 7.5kg meet PR. There must be something about the Record Breakers meet and great bench performances because the last time Woolam went 3-for-3 on the bench at a meet was in 2017 at the Reebok Record Breakers meet!

Heading into the deadlift, Woolam needed to pull 933 lbs to officially top Oak’s 220 lb all-time total world record of 2,101 lbs. And to top his current all-time deadlift world record in the 220 lbs weight class set at the 2019 Kern US Open, Woolam would need to pull north of 950 lbs.

On his second attempt, he went for 435.5kg/953 lbs which was enough to top Oak’s world record by 20 lbs and push his deadlift world record even further. 

After a strong 2019 competition season and two more all-time world records to add to his resume, we’re excited to see what 2020 has in store for Woolam! Will he be the first athlete to deadlift 1,000 lbs raw in a powerlifting competition? 

Feature image from @doctor.deadlift Instagram page. 

Jake Boly

Jake Boly

Jake holds a Master’s in Sports Science and a Bachelor’s in Exercise Science. Currently, Jake serves as the Fitness and Training Editor at BarBend. He’s a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and has spoken at state conferences on the topics of writing in the fitness industry and building a brand.

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