After winning the 2019 United States Powerlifting (USAPL) Junior Raw Nationals and just barely missing the podium with a fourth place finish in the open of those Nationals, Dan Clements has been putting in some serious work in the gym. He competes in the -66kg weight class and despite only competing since 2016, he has four gold medals to his name.
Check out this post from his Instagram page where he sumos a colossal 282.5kg (623lb) deadlift with straps and an overhand grip for a double:
Clements is pulling over four times his competition body weight with absolute ease here. His precise bodyweight at the time of this lift is not known, but this is 2.5kg (5.5lb) heavier than Clements has ever pulled in competition; a 280kg (617lb) deadlift at the 2019 USAPL Raw Nationals.
Swipe to the left in that same post and catch Clements work on his cardio by pulling 265kg (585lb), which is exactly four times his competition body weight, four times!
Safe to say that Clements is gearing up for a big year in 2020. In his post he writes:
“300 this year?”
Why he put a question mark on there is a mystery. At the current pace he is adding weight to the barbell, it is not a question of if he will hit 300kg (661lb) but when. And then how much beyond that will he pull before the year is over. Check out his previous short lived deadlift personal record of 280kg (618lb) that he pulled just ten days ago:
“Can’t wait for the finger to heal up.”
Judging by his new PR, it seems as though his finger healed up just fine.
It is not yet known where or when Clements plans to compete next but we intend to watch and see if that looming 300kg (661lb) deadlift happens sooner rather than later.
Feature image from Daniel Clements Instagram page: @danlsann