“Lol. Just felt like it,” says Cailer Woolam in his latest Instagram post, hauling 884 pounds (401 kilograms) off the floor.


Just felt like it.

He just felt like breaking the world record in the deadlift in training, I mean, why not? The bar was loaded, he was feeling pretty good, he had nothing else to do at that moment, why not break the world record in the deadlift?

Check that casual head shake at the end. “How about that,” he seems to be saying. “Whaddaya know.”

Either that or he’s annoyed about the torn callus he posted to his Instagram story right afterward.

Cailer Woolam, of course, is the first human being to ever deadlift 400kg (881.8 pounds) in the -90kg class (he weighed 195 pounds, or 88.4kg at the time). That’s 4.5 times his bodyweight.

The 22-year-old athlete made the lift on his third attempt at the USPA Corpus Christi Classic this February, after hitting a 585lb (265kg) squat and a 430lb (195kg) bench.

To be fair, it was a somewhat controversial lift. The judges approved it (he got three white lights and a down signal) but the lockout was a little iffy from the side, and Woolam himself said in the Instagram comments, “I’m going to have to agree with you guys. I’m not happy at all with how this lift was. Not my call.”

In any case, the dude is strong, and when he was weighing 206 pounds last year he managed a 900-pound (408.2kg) raw deadlift — with hook grip, no less. That’s 4.37 times his bodyweight.

While he tends to pull sumo, Woolam told BarBend that he thinks it’s “incredibly beneficial to be proficient at both sumo and conventional” and he recommends training your non-competition deadlift in your off season.

Here is where we should note that Woolam was seen pulling 800 pounds (363kg) conventional earlier this year at a bodyweight of 207 pounds.

Cailer Woolam appears to be a human who was engineered for deadlifting, but he also PRd his bench this month with a 370-pound 5×5, which he says is the most weight he’s ever moved for a 5×5.

Suffice to say, we’re looking forward to his next meet.

Featured image via @doctor.deadlift on Instagram.


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Nick is a content producer and journalist with over seven years’ experience reporting on four continents. His first articles about health were on a cholera outbreak in rural Kenya while he was reporting for a French humanitarian organization. His next writing job was covering the nightlife scene in Shanghai. He’s written on a lot of different kinds of things, but his passion for health ultimately led him to cover it full time.Shanghai was where he managed to publish his first health related article (it was on managing diarrhea), he then went on to produce a radio documentary about bodybuilding in Australia before he finished his Master’s degrees in Journalism and International Relations and headed to New York City. Here, he’s been writing on health full time for more than five years for outlets like Men's Health, VICE, and Popular Science.Nick’s interest in health kind of comes from an existential angle: how are we meant to live? How do we reach our potential? Does the body influence the mind? (Believe it or not, his politics Master’s focused on religion.)Questions like these took him through a lot of different areas of health and fitness like gymnastics, vegetarianism, kettlebell training, fasting, CrossFit, Paleo, and so on, until he realized (or decided) that strength training fit best with the ideas of continuous, measurable self improvement.At BarBend his writing focuses a little more on nutrition and long-form content with a heaping dose of strength training. His underlying belief is in the middle path: you don’t have to count every calorie and complete every workout in order to benefit from a healthy lifestyle and a stronger body. Plus, big traps are cool.