Holy Hamstrings: Joe Sullivan Hits a 275kg 20-Second Eccentric Deadlift

If your hamstrings are already tight, then prepare for what you’re about to see. Powerlifter Joe Sullivan just hit one of the longer eccentric deadlifts that we’ve seen with a massive 275kg (605 lbs). In fact, we think Sullivan just changed the name of the game when it comes to tempo.

Instead of doing your normal controlled 4-5 second eccentric on the deadlift — which is already tough in its own right — he hit a ridiculous 20-second tempo in his latest video. That’s right, 275kg (605 lbs) bar weight with a 20-second descent.

In Sullivan’s Instagram video’s description he writes, “20 second eccentric deadlift with 605. I am death and so am I” Check out the video below.

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From his videos over the last month, Sullivan has stated that he’s really trying to work on bringing up his deadlift. Judging from this latest 20-second eccentric, we’re optimistic that Sullivan’s deadlift will be moving in the right direction in the very near future.

Earlier this year in May, Sullivan was set to compete at the Kern US Open in the 90kg weight class, but unfortunately barely missed weight. This led him to competing as a guest lifter on Sunday and to focus all of his energy on his upcoming training.

As of right now, Sullivan hasn’t shared many details in regards to his next meet and weight class goals, but he’s been moving some serious weight on his Instagram page. Four days ago, he smoked this 400kg (880 lb) squat at the recent EliteFTS Learn to Train X seminar.

[Related: the right way to do Romanian Deadlifts.]

In respects to other eccentric focused deadlifts, this deadlift may be one of the longer eccentrics we’ve seen at this weight. It reminds us somewhat of that time when Pete Rubish did a 10-second pause deadlift with 297kg (655 lbs).

Have you ever seen a longer eccentric with this weight or heavier? If so, share it below in the comments!

Feature image from @joesullivanpowerlifter Instagram page. 

Jake Boly

Jake Boly

Jake holds a Master's in Sports Science and a Bachelor's in Exercise Science. Currently, Jake serves as the Fitness and Training Editor at BarBend.

He's a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and has spoken at state conferences on the topics of writing in the fitness industry and building a brand.

As of right now, Jake has published over 1,200 articles related to strength athletes and sports. Articles about powerlifting concepts, advanced strength & conditioning methods, and topics that sit atop a strong science foundation are Jake's bread-and-butter.

On top of his personal writing, Jake edits and plans content for 15 writers and strength coaches who come from every strength sport.

Prior to BarBend, Jake worked for two years as a strength and conditioning coach for hockey and lacrosse players, and a personal trainer the three years before that, and most recently he was the content writer at The Vitamin Shoppe's corporate office.

Jake competes in powerlifting in the 181 lb weight class, and considers himself a professional knee rehabber after tearing his quad squatting in 2017. On the side of writing full time, Jake works as a part-time strength coach and works with clients through his personal business Concrete Athletics in New York City.

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