Larry Wheels PRs His Deadlift With 870lb at 270lb

At 3.2 times his bodyweight, powerlifter Larry “Wheels” Williams has set a personal record in the deadlift: 870 pounds (394.6kg) while weighing 270 pounds (122.5kg). For one of the strongest bodybuilders on Earth, this is a serious milestone for the twenty-three-year-old. Watch him beat his previous record by a gigantic fifteen pounds below. The speed off the floor makes it all the more incredible.

870 deadlift 15lb PR at 270 body weight. 5 weeks away from meet.

The meet he’s referring to is the 2018 Kern US Open, which will be held on May 12 and 13 in San Diego, and Wheels has been hitting some serious weight in the leadup. A few days ago he bench pressed 573 pounds for two reps and last week he PRd his squat with 765 pounds for three reps.

[Watch Larry Wheels compete with Tom Cruise, Cailer Woolam, and Jon “Jujimufu” Call in a recent “deadlift party” here.]

He has said in the past that his goal is to set a new total record at the meet. If Williams stays around that weight and competes in the 275-pound weight class, he’ll be trying to top his own record: 2,275 pounds (1,032kg), which he set at the RPS powerlifting meet Insurrextion last November.

His total was comprised of a 810 lb squat, 610 lb bench press, and a 855 lb deadlift, which you can watch here. He broke the previous total record by 49 pounds.

But it doesn’t look like he’s planning to compete as a 275-pound athlete. He holds the record in the total in the 242lb class with 2,171 pounds, he has the aforementioned 275lb record, and now he’s trying to bulk up to the 308lb class to take the record from powerlifting god king Eric Lilliebridge, who set a 2,369 pound (1074.5kg) record at a UPA meet two years ago.

Godspeed, Mr. Williams.

Featured image via @larrywheels on Instagram.

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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