Jerry Pritchett With the Easiest 900+ Deadlift You’ll Ever See

The question “Would strongman competitors make great powerlifters?” is finally getting answered lift-by-lift, and records are falling as a result. This beautiful lift by World’s Strongest Man finalist and Arnold Strongman Class athlete Jerry Pritchett may be telling of things to come.

Pritchett pulled 914 lbs at the IPL World Cup in Salt Lake City on May 1st. It set new USPA and IPL American/World Records, and boy, is it a beauty.

That’s the smoothest 900+ pull we’ve ever seen, and Pritchett actually declined his third attempt after setting this record (he opened with 826 pounds before taking down the record).

The 6’4″ Pritchett absolutely dwarfs the barbell in a way few other powerlifters — even superheavyweights — can. Here he is doing snatch grip deadlifts from a few weeks before the Salt Lake meet. How big of a power move would it be to pull at this width in competition (tendons be damned)?

There’s rampant speculation across the web (and some on reddit’s r/powerlifting subreddit) as to what may happen if top strongman competitors decided to take a stab at deadlift records in various federations. Yes, strongmen use straps, they can hitch, they use big floppy elephant bars. Yes, they’re incredibly tall and may not be nearly as good when it comes to the squat and bench press (but then again, who knows?).

Pritchett, however, is proving strongmen are still pretty darn good under powerlifting competition circumstances — breaking a World Record on your second attempt without flinching may be evidence enough.

And if you think Brian Shaw couldn’t pull some massive weight on the platform, you may be in for disappointment in the near future.

David Tao

David Tao

BarBend's Co-Founder and Editorial Director, David is a veteran of the health & fitness industry, with nearly a decade of experience building and running editorial teams in the space. He also serves as a color commentator for both National and International weightlifting competitions, many through USA Weightlifting.

David graduated from Harvard University and served for several years as Editorial Director/Chief Content Officer of In addition to his work in the health & fitness industry, David has been a writer for Fortune and, as well as a contributor to, Slate, and numerous other outlets across the web and in print. He's especially passionate about the intersection of strength sports and quality, professional media coverage — overlapping interests shared by the BarBend editorial team and which drive their content strategy each and every day.

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