Already one of the world’s best deadlifters, Browner seems poised for a new pull.
Some powerlifters begin a deadlift set or workout with a modest goal. They work with an attitude of making any kind of progress as soon as their barbell is grabbed. Deadlift dynamo Jamal Browner probably does that too, but he usually takes his pull to another ridiculous level.
On March 14, 2023, Browner shared an Instagram clip of himself scoring goals a raw deadlift of 426.4 kilograms (940 pounds). during a recent workout. The powerlifter applied only one sling for the pull and performed it from a conventional stance while using a hook grip. Browner (110 kg) is the current raw deadlift world record holder with a pull of 455 kilograms (1,003.1 pounds) at the 2022 United States Powerlifting Association (USPA) Pro Raw Championships. Given the apparent ease of this deadlift workout, it seems more greatness is on the way.
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Among today’s elite powerlifters, Browner’s deadlift prowess remains unmatched for the most part. A 432.5 kilogram personal record (PR) from March 2022 illustrates this. For an athlete who cares about how much weight they can pull off the floor, such milestones could be called pulling gold.
Browner’s all-time world raw deadlift record (done from a sumo stance) made him only the second powerlifter to pull at least 1,000 pounds in a full raw powerlifting competition. The other competitor navigating in such rare deadlift territory is Danny Grigsby, who pulled off the feat at the 2022 USPA Virginia Beach Classic.
In addition to his deadlift record, Browner also holds the all-time world record in the 250-pound division. He scored a grand total of 1,052.5 kilograms (2,320.3 pounds) at the USPA Raw Pro 2022 and further cemented himself as one of the faces of powerlifting. Browner’s record saw him comfortably overtake rival Derek Thistlethwaite, who first surpassed Browner with a 2022 World Raw Powerlifting Federation (WRPF) American Pro raw total of 1,002.4 kilograms (2,210.1 pounds).
With all that said, being able to pull that much weight from a conventional stance with some ease is a significant step forward for Browner. The athlete has risen to prominence because of the strength he displays while primarily assuming a sumo stance. It looks like breaking the 1,000-pound mark lifting from a conventional position could be the powerlifter’s next aspirational goal.
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When it comes to breaking records and seemingly defying gravity with your deadlifts, it’s probably more a matter of when, not if. Browner’s name is re-engraved in the record books. This is one powerlifter used to redefining what’s possible with a barbell. At this point, rewriting the dictionary of power is more of an expectation than a hope.
Featured image: @jamal_b15 on Instagram