Watch This Swedish Discus Thrower’s Seriously Elite Deadlift

Check out Daniel Ståhl's impressive deadlift session!

Swedish discus thrower Daniel Ståhl can not only throw a 2 kilogram disk over 70 meters, but he can also deadlift some serious weight. 

Ståhl has an impressive resume that includes competing at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, finishing in second place at the 2017 World Championships, and also earning second place at the European Championships in 2018. In June 2017 he threw a disk 71.86 meters in June, resulting in a national record and the farthest discus throw in the world since 2013.

But today, it isn’t his discus throwing that has got our attention. The 27-year-old recently showed off a massive deadlift training session where he pulled 330kg/727lbs. (Thanks to Reddit user sAInh0 for sharing it in the powerlifting subreddit.)

Ståhl is 6 feet, 7 inches tall and weighs about 145kg/320 lbs — if we compare Ståhl to other competitive powerlifters in the same weight class, he’s pulling some seriously elite level weight. For example, the lift below is just 5 kilos short of the European Powerlifting Federation’s record in the deadlift. 

Check out Ståhl’s 330-kilo deadlift below:

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As for how training a heavy deadlift can benefit discus throwing, Chad Wesley Smith at Juggernaut Training Systems describes a throwers training as focused around three things: “throwing, jumping, and explosive/ballistic strength exercises.” A strong deadlift, of course, is a terrific way to build power and explosiveness and it comes as no surprise that this world class thrower is capable of a world class pull.

Plus, discus throwing just looks damn cool, and there’s a decent chance you haven’t seen a thrower in action before. Take a look at this 68.68-meter throw Ståhl made this week at the IAAF Diamond League event in Brussells this week.

[The discus throw has some similarities to the Scottish hammer throw — check out our guide to nailing the hammer throw!]

We’re not sure if Ståhl will ever take the platform at a powerlifting meet, but we’re confident that if he ever does go that route he’ll do just fine.
Featured image from @stahlhoff Instagram page.

Celia Balf

Celia Balf

Celia is a Staff News Writer at BarBend. At the BarBend office, you can find Celia writing news stories covering the largest strength sport competitions in the world, in-depth features with world record-holders, big lifts, and everything in-between. Celia also orchestrates and helps create content for the BarBend social media pages. She is a former Division 1 soccer player turned content producer and sports journalist.

4 thoughts on “Watch This Swedish Discus Thrower’s Seriously Elite Deadlift”

  1. I can clarify as his coach sent me this film just after Daniel lifted it, and it is indeed 330kgs. This equipment is in Vaxjo Sweden and comprises of the warm up weightlifting equipment that Eleiko supplied for London 2012, and there is very little powerlifting plates (one Power rack out about 12), and so here Daniel has on each side 2x Steel PL 25kg plates and 2 x WL Rubber 25kg plates each side, plus 2x 20kg Rubber plates and 1 x 15kg Rubber plate on a 20kg Weightlifting bar, for 330kgs total.
    Daniel is not maxing out here as he is 6 weeks away from his Major event of the year, and he would usually never max out, except for fun, either at Christmas or April Training Camp, but usually would not do less than 3 reps.
    It should also be noted that he does Sumo DL in order to strengthen his hips and groin for Discus, as this is susceptible to injury and could be career threatening. DL and Squats are his favourite exercises, and after his discus career he may take them seriously and chase the Swedish Records and lift 400kgs, but until then he is only lifting for his Discus.
    He also does Bench Press (recently speed bench with 190kgs x 5) and high pulls in his programme, but not any full Olympic lifts anymore. Similarly he does not do any Jumps or Sprints in his programme as he is actually a very big guy, 160kgs and 201cm, and so the risk is too high to do jumps, but all his lifts are done with full power (speed) even at this level of 330kgs, it is how fast he does them that is more impressive.
    He throws a lot, and each throw is very explosive and indeed plyometric, so he does not need to add these things to his programme, but rather the focus is on throwing, after all you get good at what you do. He basically lifts one day and throws the next at the moment, and keeps the intensity high, but gets sufficient rest.
    His season so far has been by far the most impressive of anyone in history, with 11 of 12 competitions over 68m and 8 throws over 70m!

  2. are we sure that’s 330 Kilos? the red ones are 25 Kilos, the bar is 25 kilos, and i’m not getting there, adding it up. Still impressive, if it’s 230, but that’s a WORLD of difference between 727 pounds and 508 pounds. lots of guys pull in the 5’s, few in the 6’s, and hardly anybody hits into the sevens. certainly not for a string of six reps.

    If it is 727, and that guy hit it for six easy reps, not a Heavy Single, that would be even crazier… like, he needs to stop throwing crap, at least for alittle while, and go Deadlift fight Eddie Hall.

    clarification, please?

    • Hey! Thanks for commenting and pointing that out. It’s tough to say without seeing exactly what the red plates weigh, and we totally understand that it definitely could be 230kg (and might be) if those reds are 25kg, but if they are 50kg each, then this weight would come out to 330kg. We referenced this weight because that’s what was stated on his Instagram page! It’s also hard to say judging by the bar’s oscillation, it whips, and if it’s a stiffer bar to begin with, then 330kg may not be that unrealistic! All weights aside, we would love to see that epic deadlift battle some day!

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