It’s a big week for powerlifting, and if you’re an athlete in and/or fan of the sport, you probably have your eyes set on USAPL Raw Nationals in Atlanta this weekend. But while there’s some truly amazing lifting going on in Georgia’s biggest city, some other impressive feats are happening in other federations — and with variations on powerlifting’s big three movements.

Chris Duffin — the “Mad Scientist” of strength to many folks — has finally hit one of his long term goals: To sumo deadlift 1,000 pounds (with straps). This past week, Duffin accomplished that — and a little more — when he hit the weight for nearly three reps. He was sitting at the low 260s in bodyweight.

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From Duffin’s Instagram post:

Wow! Thanks everyone so much! I can’t believe the amount of positive comments and support! I just wanted to put a thank you out there to everyone as I went straight from that lift to an event I’m working in Toronto this weekend and won’t have time to dive in and thank people individually just yet. All the best. And don’t forget to Live Better Through Strength!
Thanks for supporting Kabuki Strength, and helping make the world a better place through strength!

And from another post regarding his crazy feat of strength (video embedded below):

Yesterday I accomplished the first part of my #GrandGoals by deadlifting 1001.6 pounds for almost 3 reps at an APA/WPA Sanctioned exhibition event in front of 2 APA chair persons and many independent witnesses. This lift will be submitted to the Guinness Book of World Records for acceptance as the “Heaviest Sumo Deadilft [sic]”

What do you think of Duffin’s pull? Do you think he could have hit the same weight with thinner competition plates? Let us know in the comments below!

Featured image: @mad_scientist_duffin on Instagram


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