How Many 800lb Deadlifts Can Larry Wheels Make in a Set?

The powerlifter turned strongman took his training cycle's final heavy session to the next level.

For practically every athlete on Earth, an 800-pound deadlift would be either out of reach or a lifetime PR, something that would cause them to finish the rep, dust off their hands, recover for a week, and probably not try again for a long time. (If ever again.)

But Larry “Wheels” Williams is not just any athlete. A veritable phenomenon in the world of strength sports, and after two still-unbroken world record totals in the 242-pound class (2,171 pounds) and 275-pound class (2,291 pounds), he’s made the move from powerlifting to strongman.

Not a man to do anything halfway, he’s been training with the current World’s Strongest Man™ Hafthor Bjornsson so that he can continue to push the limits of strength. It’s been a real treat watching the two work out: we’ve seen them together as Bjornsson hit a huge 951-pound deadlift double and Jon Call even had them compete against one another in an epic arm wrestling bout.

Today, they’re giving the people more of what they want: AMRAP deadlifts. It’s a lengthy video, a full twenty-five minutes of discussions on form and Atlas stones, but if you want to skip ahead to the heavy pulls, Bjornsson tries his hand at 816-pound axle deadlifts at the 7.37 mark and Wheels starts his set of 805-pound (365.1-kilogram) deadlifts at 9.16.

And that’s 7 reps. And a not insignificant amount of blood pouring from his forehead. (“It complements my complexion, red looks good on me,” he jokes.)

[Surprised? Here’s why some lifters bleed during max effort lifts.]

 He goes on to say around the 10.20 mark that he had been training with wrist straps for three months and wanted to return to lifting strapless with a vengeance — to “take out some pent up aggression.” 

This was his last heavy session and he’s not planning on hitting a competition deadlift until July. We can’t wait to see what he’ll pull then.

Featured image via Larry Wheels 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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