Tom Martin Totals 1,001kg Seven Months Post Bicep Tear

British powerlifter Tom Martin is continuing his meteoric rise in the sport, and his success is all the more impressive given that he experienced a complete tear of his bicep last summer.

[Check out our article on how to prevent a bicep tear if you’d rather avoid this fate.]

But Martin got back on the horse pretty quickly, and by quickly we mean that he went ahead and totaled 920 kilograms (2,028.2 pounds) in a mock meet before he even went into surgery. At the time he said,

If you have to ask why I feel the need to do this then I really couldn’t adequately explain to you how much of a mental battle it is for me to stay positive and hopeful through this, and how much it means to be able to still do this. Today was a big win for me and makes me a lot happier about the situation.

Powerlifters gonna powerlift, and this week during a mock meet he totaled 1,001 kilograms (2,206.8 pounds), the first time his total has ever reached four figures. He credits this to a new personal record in the squat of 375 kilograms (826.7 pounds), and as you can see in the video below it truly was a max effort lift.

He followed the squat with a bench of 211 kilograms (465.2 pounds) and a very difficult-looking deadlift of 415 kilograms (915 pounds). He added a caption to the video that read,

A squat PB of 375kg tonight sees my best lifts from this training block up over 1000kg for the first. Now to put it together on the platform in a little over 4 weeks.

We’re pretty sure that deadlift is a personal record too, since he posted a slightly lighter lift of 410 kilograms (903.9 pounds) about a month ago and said it was the heaviest lift he’d ever made to competition standards. That means he wasn’t using wrist straps and the bar was loaded with calibrated plates.

Martin already holds the -120kg British records in the raw squat (370 kilograms/815.7 pounds), deadlift (402.5 kilograms/887.4 pounds), and total (785kg or 1730.6lb) in addition to an IPF equipped deadlift world record of 345kg when he competed in the -83kg class. So it certainly looks like he’ll setting new British records at his meet next month.

Featured image via Tom Martin on Facebook.

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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