Sometimes, things in the strength sports world just don’t make sense. Sometimes, feats of strength happen that were previously only ‘what-ifs.’ Sometimes, Jamal Browner’s occasional defiance of gravity with a barbell in his hands is compelling to think about. That is until he makes those thoughts a reality. Browner took to his Instagram page on Feb. 8, 2022, to share a video wherein he pulls a 410-kilogram (903.9-pound) deadlift raw in a conventional stance.
You read that correctly. Browner is no stranger to flirting with the 1,000-pound deadlift while in a sumo stance. He’s locked out 455 kilograms (1,003.1 pounds) before. But to break the 900-pound barrier in a conventional stance is an entirely different level of strength. Check out Browners milestone lift in a conventional stance with a hook grip while wearing a lifting belt in the video below. You might think he would have to grind through the lift, but you’d be wrong. It’s a glossy smooth lift from the bottom to the top:
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In some respects, it should come as no surprise that Browner is capable of such a massive pull. His deadlift prowess is well documented. He’s on camera successfully deadlifting 476.3 kilograms (1,050 pounds). He routinely tags 900-plus pound lifts in training, like when he locked out 435.5 kilograms (960 pounds). He even holds the current all-time raw deadlift world record in the 110-kilogram weight class with a 440.5-kilogram (971-pound) lift scored at the 2020 World Raw Powerlifting Federation (WRPF) Hybrid Showdown II.
I was nervous but I’m really happy with how conventional is moving. Officially a 900lb puller both ways.
Browner is now on camera locking out over 900 pounds in both sumo and conventional stances. If changing stances in the deadlift are akin to switch-hitting in baseball, Browner made himself look like a first pick cleanup hitter — and he still may have more in the tank. His recent conventional lift is 3.7 times his competition bodyweight.
In the caption of his Instagram post, he teased that he has “one more single next week.” Browner told BarBend that he is “aiming for 930-950 [pounds] with a hook grip.” That is quite the leap after just breaking the raw 900-pound barrier, but ruling out any lift in the realm of feasibility for Browner at this point is a fool’s errand.
He competes at two-thirds the bodyweight of elite strongmen yet can conventional deadlift in the same weight range as them. He’s already locked out 431 kilograms (950.2 pounds) before, albeit while wearing straps. Check out that lift below:
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At 27 years of age, Browner is still relatively early in his powerlifting career. If he continues to tack weight onto the barbell at the rate he does, he could eventually pose a threat to 2018 World’s Strongest Man Hafthor Björnsson‘s heaviest deadlift of all time of 501 kilograms (1,104.5 pounds). Is that a bit speculative? Maybe. Out of the realm of possibility? Almost certainly not. These days, if Browner is setting up for a deadlift, the strength sports world’s head should turn his direction.
Featured image: @jamal_b15 on Instagram