Yury Belkin is known to lift some gigantic weights off the floor. The Russian has shattered multiple all-time world records, including Ed Coan’s deadlift record in the 100-kilogram (220-pound) weight class in 2017 — which remained unbroken for 26 years. We have also seen him deadlift 380 kilograms (837.8 pounds) for reps and squat triple his bodyweight for a set of five. Apparently, he has not slowed down at all during his recent training sessions.
Check out this absolutely insane 450-kilogram (992-pound) deadlift below, courtesy of Belkin’s Instagram page. Take note of the fact that he pulled this weight without a belt.
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That lift was four and one-third times his bodyweight of 103 kilograms (227 pounds). Although that is three kilograms over the weight he normally competes at, it is a full seven kilograms under the weight Belkin was when he set the all-time world record in the 110-kilogram weight class — 1,070 kilograms (2,358.9 pounds) at the 2019 ProRaw Big Dogs 4 event in Australia.
The 29-year-old also holds the world records for the squat and total in the 100-kilogram class — 416 kilograms (917 pounds) and 1,066 kilograms (2,350.1 pounds), respectively.
This was also not the first time Belkin has loaded 450 kilograms onto the barbell and successfully locked it out. He did so in a competition back in October of 2018. However, the lift was done in a single-ply deadlift suit and with straps and a belt.
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Additionally, his heaviest deadlift in the 110-kilogram class is his 440-kilogram (970-pound) pull from the 2018 World RAW Powerlifting Federation (WRPF) Pro World Championships held in Russia. That lift was the world record for two years until Jamal Browner bested it by half a kilogram in February of 2020 at the WRPF Hybrid Showdown II.
The question now is when Belkin will deadlift the milestone of 453.6 kilograms (1,000 pounds) raw? Judging from this recent beltless pull, which is just three and a half kilograms (eight pounds) shy, it could happen very soon.
Feature image from Strength Central’s YouTube channel.