For most people, new personal records are a rare thing, the product of untold hours of patience, dedication, and hard work. A PR is a fleeting glimpse of improvement in weeks, months, or years of dreary lifting. This is rarely the case for novice lifters, of course, who often PR every other week, but for intermediate and especially advanced lifters, PRs are few and far between.
For most people, anyway.
For Larry Williams, better known as Larry Wheels, personal records fall a little more easily. One of the strongest bodybuilders (and people) on the planet, the guy hit a new record on April 5 with an 870-pound deadlift at 270 pounds bodyweight. That was a 15 pounds over his previous record.
It was pretty fast off the floor, sure, but with five weeks until his next meet we didn’t think we’d see another new record from him until he turned up at the 2018 Kern US Open on May 12th.
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But this weekend, he hit a new PR, and he didn’t just add five or ten pounds to his deadlift. The man pulled a jaw dropping nine hundred pounds, thirty pounds heavier than his PR from just ten days earlier. (Though he used kilo plates for the 870 and pound plates for the 900, which may have offered a little more whip.) Take a look, and be warned: he celebrates with some pret-ty colorful language.
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It’s interesting to note that his weight has remained the same for the last ten days, even though he has said that he wanted to bulk up into the 308-pound weight class so that he can take yet another record total. (He currently holds the total record in the 242lb class with 2,171 pounds and the 275lb record with 2,275lb.)
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2275 9/9 PR total with no wraps at 267. 810/610/855 Broke ATWR by 49lbs. Beat my old total by 104 lbs. @black_tom_cruise finished with 1815 7/9 @kigerstrength 9/9 545 385 610 @oakstrong finished with a all time PR of 820 on deadlifts. Thanks to everyone who showed up! Huge thanks to @strengthnet for filming my performance today. He did an excellent job. Full YOUTUBE vid up this week! Use code LARRY10 10% off @granitesupplements Use code LARRY15 15% off @ironrebel @apemanstrong @pioneer_fit @davidmotiv CLICK LINK IN BIO FOR TRAINING PROGRAM! #squat #bench #deadlift #liftlikelarry #apemanstrong #ironrebel #motivNY
At this point it seems pretty unlikely he’ll add that much bulk in such a short time frame, but a better question is will he exceed the 308-pound total record anyway? It’s currently sitting at 2,369 pounds. We’re excited to see what he puts up come May 12.
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Featured image via @larrywheels on Instagram.