Chris Bridgeford Deadlifts 370kg for Five Reps at 119kg Bodyweight

Twenty-two year old powerlifter Chris Bridgeford is repping awfully close to the world record deadlift: five reps of 370 kilograms (815.7 pounds) with wrist straps.

He posted with the lift,

New 5RM tonight @ 370 kg (815 lbs)… no f*cking around, no music, or hype. Just put a number in my head and did it. Warmed up to 771 lbs with hook grip before this but my thumbs are a little raw so I put straps on. Just under 6 weeks out from #bossofbosses4

That last hashtag is referring to an upcoming World Raw Powerlifting Federation meet, the fourth annual Boss of Bosses. It’ll be held at Boss Barbell Club in Mountain View, California from August 25th to 26th, and it looks like we can expect some pretty serious lifts. He has a current PR total of 2,121 pounds (962 kilograms) with wraps and 1,890 pounds (857.3 kilograms) with knee sleeves.

Bridgeford weighs 262 pounds (119 kilograms) “on a light day” and despite his username on Instagram and Reddit (which is @bridgeford242) he says he hasn’t competed at 242 pounds for at least a couple of years. He’ll probably be competing in the -120kg category, and it’s definitely worth pointing out that the current IPF world record in that weight class is 372kg, or 820.1 pounds — less than five pounds heavier than Bridgeford’s five-rep max. The IPF world record for the +120kg weight class is Ray Williams‘ 865.3lb (392.5kg) lift, but remember that the IPF is a tested federation and the WRPF isn’t.

Plugging this 5-rep max into a 1RM calculator comes up with an approximate one-rep max somewhere between 910 and 940 pounds, but at these weights, a max lift is anyone’s guess.

We have, however, seen him pull 900 pounds (408.2 kilograms) with straps, and this is back in November.

And he deadlifted 875 pounds for a double in January.

His other lifts are going extremely well, too. Just last week he hit a four-rep PR in the squat with 365 kilograms (804.7 pounds) in knee wraps.

And in the same week, he hit a smooth personal record in the bench press with 500 pounds (226.8 kilograms). It’s worth nothing that he has a really flat bench with basically no arch at all.

Like we said: we can expect some pretty serious lifts at the Boss of Bosses meet next month.

Featured image via @bridgeford242 on Instagram.

Nick English

Nick English

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 things.

After Shanghai, he went on to produce a radio documentary about bodybuilding in Australia before finishing his Master’s degrees in Journalism and International Relations and heading to New York City. Here, he’s been writing on health full time for more than five years for outlets like BarBend, Men's Health, VICE, and Popular Science.

No fan of writing in the third person, Nick’s passion for health stems from an interest in self improvement: How do we reach our potential?

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.

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