Krzysztof Wierzbicki’s 400kg Raw Deadlift Unofficially Broke His IPF World Record

Polish deadlifting juggernaut Krzysztof Wierzbicki is one of the most accomplished powerlifters on the planet, holding five IPF world records: four raw and one equipped.

He currently owns two raw deadlift world records, one in the -93kg class (made way back in 2014 with 372.5 kilograms/821.2 pounds) and one in the -105kg class (390 kilograms/860 pounds), which he made about a year ago.

But the man who is appropriately nicknamed Mr. Deadlift has been annihilating those records in training. Right now he weighs about 100 kilograms (220 pounds) and at a demonstration this weekend he made a raw sumo deadlift of 400 kilograms (881 pounds), exceeding his record by a full ten kilograms (22 pounds).

The lift took place at an event commemorating the opening of the new La Forza gym in the city of Reggio Emilia in Northern Italy — not an official meet, but jaw dropping nonetheless. Particularly when you see how darn fast the lift was. Take a look:

That’s the only video that we could find online of the meet, but there are rumors that Wierzbicki went on to lift 415 kilograms (915 pounds). He posted a picture from the event of himself standing over a bar that looks a lot like it’s carrying 415 kilos. His Instagram is private so we can’t embed it, but you can see the picture here if you follow him.

We’d believe that he could have 415kg in the bag, though, since three weeks ago he also posted a clip of himself making a solid 410kg (903.9lb) lift.

[Wierzbicki’s equipped record is the heaviest ever made in the IPF at 420 kilograms. Read our writeup here.]

The 390-kilogram deadlift world record that he could very well break the next time he steps on an IPF stage was made in Thisted, Denmark, in March of last year.

We’re certainly looking forward to the next IPF meet.

Featured image via Matthias Wallner on YouTube.

Nick English

Nick English

Nick is a content producer and journalist with over seven years’ experience reporting on four continents. His first articles about health were on a cholera outbreak in rural Kenya while he was reporting for a French humanitarian organization. His next writing job was covering the nightlife scene in Shanghai. He’s written on a lot of things.

After Shanghai, he went on to produce a radio documentary about bodybuilding in Australia before finishing his Master’s degrees in Journalism and International Relations and heading to New York City. Here, he’s been writing on health full time for more than five years for outlets like BarBend, Men's Health, VICE, and Popular Science.

No fan of writing in the third person, Nick’s passion for health stems from an interest in self improvement: How do we reach our potential?

Questions like these took him through a lot of different areas of health and fitness like gymnastics, vegetarianism, kettlebell training, fasting, CrossFit, Paleo, and so on, until he realized (or decided) that strength training fit best with the ideas of continuous, measurable self improvement.

At BarBend his writing focuses a little more on nutrition and long-form content with a heaping dose of strength training. His underlying belief is in the middle path: you don’t have to count every calorie and complete every workout in order to benefit from a healthy lifestyle and a stronger body. Plus, big traps are cool.

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