Powerlifter Shane Hunt smashes a 317.5 kilogram (700 lb) deadlift for 11 reps on the 2022 Olympia Expo
Hunt held a deadlift show in Las Vegas.
Shane Hunt is only in his mid-20s, which makes the potential for starting a fruitful and fulfilling strength training career as a powerlifter all the more likely. His latest milestone, performed before a watching audience in Las Vegas, NV, is a significant step forward in his powerlifting promise.
On December 16 and 17, 2022, during Olympia Expo 2022, Hunt performed a 317.5 kilogram (700 lb) deadlift for 11 reps. While taking short breaks towards the end of the set, the athlete mostly blasted through the set to the applause of onlookers watching him on his hoist. Hunt completed his strength-endurance performance on the barefoot deadlift while using a lifting belt and slings. It is unclear what his body weight was at the time of lifting. The expo, sponsored by the organizing body of Olympia, acts as a complementary strength and fitness showcase for strength athletes like Hunt who do not compete in Olympia’s main bodybuilding competition.
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Hunt is known in part for his deadlift skills. The recently 250-pound athlete currently owns the second-heaviest raw deadlift ever in his weight class with a pull force of 425 kilograms (936.9 pounds) at the 2022 United States Powerlifting Association (USPA) Pro Raw Championships. In the 270+ category, only Danny Grigsby, the all-time raw world record holder, has a heavier pull (487.5 kilograms / 1,074.7 pounds) at the World Raw Powerlifting Federation’s (WRPF) American Pro 2022.
As a taste of his potential, during a training session in early September 2022, Hunt lifted 435 kilograms (959 pounds) or 10 kilograms (22.1 pounds) more than his all-time competition high, which would take place about three weeks later.
On a purely competitive basis, Hunt’s balance sheet to date has largely been in sterling.
The athlete can boast 10 wins from 14 competitions since debuting in February 2013. Overall, Hunt can probably count on his work in the WRPF’s purview as his frontrunner. The athlete made his WRPF debut with a win at the 2019 Hybrid Summer Slam. That feat was followed by two more wins at the 2021 WRPF Hybrid Showdown III and a rousing finish at the 2022 WRPF Ghost Clash. At the time of this writing, Hunt has won three out of four WRPF competitions.
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Looking ahead, with the holiday season currently in full swing, it might be difficult to determine what Hunt’s future plans will be. Chances are that every time he’s spotted back at the gym or on a platform, he’ll drop his jaws and open his eyes.
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