In late March 2022, Danny Grigsby (140KG) became the first ever powerlifter to pull a raw deadlift over 1,000 pounds in a sanctioned contest. He completed the 465-kilogram (1,025.2-pound) pull at the 2022 United States Powerlifting Association (USPA) Virginia Beach Classic 2 for an all-time World Record. Months later, during the dog days of July, Grigsby almost makes the strength achievement seem like an everyday occurrence.

On July 17, 2022, while using a sumo stance and overhand grip, Grigsby shared footage of himself deadlifting 455 kilograms (1,003 pounds) raw during a training session. 

Last heavy pull, hands are not a issue now, thankfully. Everything is coming together at just the right time. 

After the stacked barbell flew off the ground, the pull looked so easy for the 28-year-old Grigsby that he held the weight for a few seconds at the top of his rep, beaming a smile from ear to ear. 

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In the comments of his Instagram post, Grigsby’s staggering pull drew the attention of notable powerlifting peers like Jamal Browner and Ashton Rouska.

Notably, while Grigsby owns the all-time deadlift World Record in the 125-kilogram division, Browner is no slouch when it comes to pulling massive weight. A recent 432.5-kilogram (953.5-pound) conventional stance PR is an excellent example of what he brings to the table. Additionally, according to Open Powerlifting, Browner’s 440.5-kilogram (971-pound) deadlift from the 2020 World Raw Powerlifting Federation (WRPF) Hybrid Showdown II is the heaviest raw deadlift from a full power meet in the 110-kilogram weight class. 

As two athletes proficient with their deadlifts, Grigsby and Browner have collaborated in the past.

Roughly three weeks before Grigsby pulled over 1,000 pounds again, he and Browner trained together at Corrupted Strength — a gym in Stafford, Texas. While it’s unclear what the two taught each other, it might not be a stretch to assume it was a mutually worthwhile session for two of the strongest athletes on the planet. 

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Never one to rest on his laurels, Grigsby has a busy schedule ahead of him. The athlete will compete at the 2022 WRPF The American Pro. That contest will take place on July 29-30, 2022, in Manassas, VA.

Per his Instagram, Grigsby’s lofty goals as a competitor remain unchanged — he wants to capture at least a 1,043.3-kilogram (2,300-pound) total in a sanctioned lifting contest. At the time of this writing, the athlete’s heaviest-ever total is 1,025.1 kilograms (2,116.4 pounds) from the 2022 USPA Virginia Beach Classic 2. That is also the World Record for the 140-kilogram division.

Judging by deadlift prowess, as well as recent block bench press and back squat personal records (PR) shared on his social media, Grigsby may soon realize his ambitious powerlifting vision. 

Featured image: @dan_grigs on Instagram