On April 24, 2022, Danny Grigsby deadlifted 437.2 kilograms (964 pounds) for two reps during training. The mark is the latest in a growing line of a recent deadlift progression for the powerlifter.
Check out the staggering deadlift double below, courtesy of Grigsby’s Instagram profile:
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For the pull, Grigsby forgoes all equipment save for a lifting belt. He also completes the deadlift double with relative ease from a sumo stance.
In the Instagram post’s caption, Grigsby elected for self-deprecation to describe the training session. He alluded to minor sleep troubles in a seeming joking desire to get a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) treatment. It doesn’t seem like Grigsby’s apparent lack of sleep prevented him from showing off his tremendous power.
“Counting down the days until I get a CPAP, so I’ll recover better and won’t feel like dog-sh** every workout,” Grigsby wrote.
A fellow powerlifter with a similar deadlift prowess, Jamal Browner, poked fun at Grigsby’s pulls, writing in a reply, “Can you please chill out?” Meanwhile, four-time Men’s Physique Olympia Champion (2014-2017) Jeremy Buendia marveled at Grigsby’s strength, quickly commenting, “Easy work, man! Incredible.”
Indeed, as long as he continues to share incredible strength feats like this, the 28-year-old Grigsby may draw attention from major corners across the strength sports world.
Pulling at Full Strength
This sort of staggering deadlift double is nothing new for Grigsby.
Recently, the powerlifter became the first person ever to deadlift 1,000 pounds in a full power meet with an all-time world record 465-kilogram pull (1,025-pound) set during the 2022 United States Powerlifting Association (USPA) Virginia Beach Classic 2. Grigsby notched the achievement while competing in the 125-kilogram weight class.
Following that record feat, Grigsby said that he was working through some minor leg ailments over social media. They were prevalent enough for him to take aspects of his training gradually — especially but not limited to his deadlift. Roughly two weeks later, in April 2022, Grigsby seemingly quelled all concerns when he pulled a 415-kilogram deadlift (915 pounds) for two reps and then crushed a 770-pound deadlift for an eight-rep, volume PR.
Grigsby accomplished each of his recent training feats, like his new deadlift training double, while wearing only a lifting belt. Suffice to say that if these pulls are what taking it easy looks like, then Grigsby certainly looks like he’s back at a full power capacity.
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Only an approximate month removed from his latest meet, Grigsby has not yet confirmed his next competition in the year 2022. Whenever he’s on a sanctioned lifting platform again, his new stated goal remains unchanged — He wants to notch at least a 1,043.3-kilogram (2,300-pound) total.
Such a mark would give Grigsby the second-heaviest total for a competitor in the 125-kilogram weight class. Zac Myers holds the current world record with a 1,053-kilogram total (2,321.5-pound), set at the 2020 USPA No Luck Needed Open.
Grigsby’s continued impressive work with his deadlift will undoubtedly be a factor in capturing that achievement.
Featured image: @kinng_67 on Instagram