Strongman Tom Stoltman Lifts World Record 286kg/630lb Atlas Stone Over Bar

The Scottish strongman out lifts his old record by 9kg.

On Saturday, May 23rd, Scottish strongman Tom Stoltman lifted a world record 286kg/630lb Atlas Stone over bar on a live stream to set the heaviest mark ever recorded in that lift. The event was one in a series of much-hyped strongman world record attempts streaming on, which included last week’s log press world record attempt by his brother Luke. (Luke was ultimately unsuccessful with the 230kg log after several outstanding cleans.)

Earlier this year, Tom Stoltman lifted 273kg at the Arnold’s Rogue Record Breakers event. Saturday’s lift marks the second time Stoltman has set a new Atlas Stone mark this year, and it seems he’s not done yet. 

Strongman legend Zydrunas Savickas was standing by as a virtual judge for the attempt, which Stoltman completed in front of a custom streaming backdrop at his gym. In various competitions, the lift is sometimes referred to as “stone over bar,” “manhood stone,” or “castle stone.”

In a post-lift interview, Stoltman announced his intention to attempt a 300kg stone lift in just 12 weeks’ time. Commentators immediately expressed their enthusiasm for the attempt, as Stoltman’s 286kg record didn’t appear to push him to his limit in the lift. 

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Featured image: @worldsultimatestrongman on Instagram

David Tao

David Tao

BarBend’s Co-Founder and Editorial Director, David is a veteran of the health & fitness industry, with nearly a decade of experience building and running editorial teams in the space. He also serves as a color commentator for both National and International weightlifting competitions, many through USA Weightlifting. David graduated from Harvard University and served for several years as Editorial Director/Chief Content Officer of

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