Watch: Strongman Jerry Pritchett Sets World Record in Elephant Bar Deadlift

Jerry Pritchett sets record at Arnold Classic

The crowd at The 2017 Arnold Classic witnessed some amazing feats of strength over the weekend—and perhaps no feat was more impressive than a monumental deadlift from strongman Jerry Pritchett.


This is not your standard deadlift, but rather an “elephant bar” deadlift. Manufactured by Rogue Fitness, the Elephant Bar—sometimes also called a longbar—spans 9 feet, allowing a super-strong lifter to stack a truckload of heavy-ass plates on each side, as demonstrated by Pritchett’s epic 1,031lb lift.

Pritchett’s longbar deadlift was not the only world record to be shattered at the 2017 Arnold Classic. Three other herculean efforts elicited new world records: Hafthor Bjornsson’s 100-lb sandbag toss over a 15-foot bar, Blaine Sumner’s single-ply-equipped squat of 1,113lbs, and Ray Williams’ raw world record squat of 1,053lbs.