On July 10, 2022, over Instagram, strongman Rauno Heinla shared footage of himself finishing a 450-kilogram (992-pound) deadlift throughout a coaching session. Heinla’s staggering energy determine is roughly 30 kilos greater than the present strongman Master’s World Record.

Heinla wore a deadlift swimsuit, a lifting belt, and lifting straps to seize his huge pull.

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Heinla turned 40 in early June 2022, so he now qualifies for the strongman Master’s 40+ division. Russia’s Mikhail Shivlyakov at the moment holds the official Master’s World Record because of a pull of 436 kilograms (962 kilos) from the 2020 World’s Ultimate Strongman (WUS) “Feats of Strength” collection.

Heinla’s Deadlift Journey

It’s been an eventful previous few months for Heinla across the strongman sphere. After a decade-plus-long absence (2011) in response to Strongman Archives, the Estonian athlete was set to compete within the 2022 World’s Strongest Man (WSM). Unfortunately, after an undisclosed damage following a Silver Dollar deadlift try, Heinla finally withdrew from his return to strongman’s most prestigious competitors.

Approximately a month later, whereas apparently recovered from his damage, Heinla’s persistence paid off. In June 2022, he broke Sean Hayes’ earlier Silver Dollar deadlift World Record with a pull of 579.7 kilograms (1,278 kilos). A few weeks later, Heinla smashed a 420-kilogram (926-pound) conventional deadlift for 4 reps in coaching.

The Silver Dollar World Record is merely one other important pulling feat for Heinla. He beforehand set the present all-time 400-kilogram (881.8-pound) deadlift for reps World Record with six on the 2020 WUS “Feats of Strength” collection. The Estonian strongman can also be one of many few individuals to have ever deadlifted at the very least 453.6 kilograms (1,000 kilos). Other noteworthy names in that unique membership embrace former WSM Champions Eddie Hall (2017) and Hafthor Björnsson (2018), and powerlifter Krysztof Wierzbicki. Björnsson retired from strongman in August 2020.

By exhibiting he can surpass the present Master’s World Record, Heinla solely continues his acquainted development as one of many world’s premier deadlifters.

The Road Ahead

All these substantial latest deadlifts are a part of Heinla’s preparation for the 2022 Giants Live World Open & World Deadlift Championships (WDC). The WDC is a phase of the Giants Live World Open. Heinla notched an eighth-place end result on the 2021 WDC and is undoubtedly seeking to enhance upon that end at this 12 months’s version. The 2022 WDC will happen on August 6, 2022, in Cardiff, Wales.

Here is the present roster of athletes Heinla should overcome in Wales, per the Giants Live group web site:

2022 World Deadlift Championships Roster

  • Ivan Makarov (Russia) — 2021 WDC Champion
  • Evan Singleton (United States)
  • *Adam Bishop (United Kingdom)
  • Oleksii Novikov (Ukraine)
  • Mitchell Hooper (Canada)
  • Gabriel Peña (Mexico)
  • Rauno Heinla (Estonia)
  • Gavin Bilton (United Kingdom)
  • Asko Karu (Estonia)
  • Pavlo Nakonechnyy (Ukraine)
  • Peiman Maheripourehir (Iran)
  • Wild card — Announced at a later date

*Note: Bishop suffered a triceps tear in early July 2022, and his standing could also be unclear for the competition.

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Notably, Giants Live has issued a problem to the athletes on the 2022 WDC. Should any of the opponents deadlift 505 kilograms (1,113 kilos) throughout the competitors, Giants Live will reward them with a $55,000 money prize. Björnsson possesses the present all-time World Record deadlift of 501 kilograms (1,104.5 kilos), which he achieved on the 2020 WUS “Feats of Strength” collection.

Considering his resume, Heinla might be in a high quality place to fulfill the lofty problem from Giants Live. With the 2022 WDC lower than a month away on the time of this writing, he may quickly add one other report to his profession ledger.

Featured picture: @rauno_heinla on Instagram