4 Months Post-Bicep Tear, Tom Martin Breaks British Powerlifting Records

British powerlifter Tom Martin has set three new British raw powerlifting records: a squat of 370 kilograms (815.7 pounds), a deadlift of 402.5 kilograms (887.4 pounds), and a total of 982.5 kilograms (2,166 pounds), which is the biggest British raw total across any and all weight classes.

In fact, he annihilated the previous records for his -120kg weight class: he beat the old squat record by 30 kilograms (he was wearing wraps), the deadlift by 55 kilograms, and the total by 70 kilograms.

There are two things that make this feat even more impressive. First, he did it at a weight of 108.5 kilograms, so he was competing as a -120kg athlete at 11.5kg under the weight cutoff. And second, he had bicep reattachment surgery just four months ago after tearing his bicep in July. Watch his performance below.

Before thanking his friends and family, he wrote on Facebook,

I had a goal to finish the year back on the platform again, but there were days up until maybe 8 weeks ago I was too frightened to pick up an empty bar, and I never imagined I would actually be lifting at my best ever, with a 25kg increase to my total.

[Want to avoid an injury like that? Check out our ultimate guide to preventing a bicep tear.]

Martin holds a lot of British records — in addition to those he racked up on Sunday, he has the -93kg records in the raw deadlift (350kg or 771.6lb) and total (785kg or 1730.6lb), which he earned at the same 2013 meet, and he has the equipped deadlift record in the -83kg class (350kg).

Note that British Powerlifting lists Martin has holding the -93kg record in the raw and the equipped classes with a 350kg deadlift, but both records are listed as taking place on the same day. Since that date (October 13, 2013) was the Great British Powerlifting Classic, we think the equipped record may be a typo.

Perhaps Martin’s proudest achievement — at least according to his Instagram — is his -83kg IPF World Record deadlift of 345 kilograms, or 760.6 pounds.

His performance on Sunday was historic, even for an athlete who hadn’t been recovering from bicep surgery all summer. Congratulations are in order — we have a feeling he’ll be looking to take on some more IPF records next.

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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