Watch Strongman Jerry Pritchett Deadlift 800 Pounds for 7 Reps!

Jerry Pritchett is primarily known as one of the world’s top strongman competitors, but his deadlifting is world-class whether he’s competing in that sport or powerlifting (as evidenced by his 914 pound powerlifting world record from earlier this year). He also has the heaviest deadlift by any American in history, completed in strongman style (straps, hitching, and suits allowed) at this year’s World Deadlift Championships.

As an athlete, Pritchett believes strongman and powerlifting training can actually compliment each other, and we’re inclined to be believe the man who routinely takes north of 900 pounds for a ride off the ground. After a hamstring injury at this year’s World’s Strongest Man in Bostwana, Pritchett has been taking it “easy” — which for him simply means lifting very heavy weight for reps.

Here’s Pritchett deadlifting 800 pounds for 7 reps at this past weekend’s Arnold Classic Strongman Europe. While Brian Shaw walked away with the overall prize at the Barcelona-based competition, Pritchett — still lifting on an injured hammie — pulled very smooth reps. Competitors weren’t lifting touch and go, but rather resetting between reps, which some would argue makes the lifting that much more impressive.

And in case you were wondering, that is a standard deadlift bar. The six-foot, four-inch Pritchett, like many top strongmen in the Open bodyweight division, is simply a gargantuan human being who dwarfs normal strength training equipment. 

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.

David is a proud Kentucky native. In his free time, David is a voiceover actor and can be heard in animated films, independent shorts, music videos, commercials, and podcasts.

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