Jamal Browner is absurdly strong. The 25-year-old powerlifter has proved his prowess for the deadlift back in February when he pulled an all-time world record 971lb 440.5kg/971lb in the -110kg weight class.
Since that record, the coronavirus pandemic caused many gyms around the U.S. to close. However, that has not seemed to slow down Browner’s progress. Over the weekend, Browner shared a video on his Instagram page. In it, he hits an unbelievably smooth 455kg/1,003lb deadlift with straps.
If you have not yet had the opportunity to see this feat of gravity defiance, hold on to your hat and check it out below:
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As heavy as that barbell is, Browner makes the deadlift look easy. The surprise of those around him, including the cameraman can be heard. “Oh wow!” and “What the…?!” are yelled as Browner locks out the lift, drops the weight, and casually unbuckles his belt as though didn’t just lift half a ton off the floor.
According to Browner, this is an RPE PR. A quick pass through the comments of this post and another notable champion powerlifter, Russel Orhii, asks if this is an all-time personal best. Browner’s response:
“Lol nah, I’ve hit 1,015lb before.”
He’s not joking. On camera, Browner has matched the all-time heaviest raw deadlift on camera. Check it out below from Spartan Power’s YouTube channel:
Note: for context, the all-time world record raw deadlift is currently 461kg/1,015lb by Benedikt Magnusson.
Could Browner Challenge the All-Time World Record Deadlift?
It might be premature to speculate if Browner could eventually challenge Hafthor Bjornsson’s recent all-time heaviest deadlift of 501kg/1,104lb. But based on how smooth Browner pulled 455kg/1,003lb, it is not unimaginable that he could add 46kg/101lb in the next couple of years if he were to lift equipped.
Below is the video of Bjornsson’s 501kg/1,004lb deadlift from Rogue Fitness’ YouTube channel:
Whether or not an all-time world record is on Browner’s radar as a goal in his future, we are excited to see how heavy he lifts next.
Feature image from Jamal Browner’s Instagram page: @jamal_b15