Ronnie Coleman ... Powerlifter

Create: 11/17/2005 - 17:10

Check out video of Ronnie Coleman deadlifting 800 for a couple and dumbell pressing the 200's for easy reps.

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Jon, Those have actually been around for awhile now, although it looks like the deadlift might be somewhat updated. Regardless it's still pretty impressive. One has to wonder what would happen if he was off of the hormones however.

Submitted by admin on
Deadlifting 800 raw, for two reps is quite a feat. I wonder if he's ever given the idea of competing in powerlifting a serious thought. Probably not, since there's very little money it. I imagine he'll stick to bodybuilding where he can make a very nice living. Remember those same hormones are fine in many federations.

Submitted by ZTrain on
Strong back/traps for sure, but Brad Gillingham does weight like that without hand straps. If your hands aren't strong enough to hold the weight, are you really doing the movement? I read an article that Coleman wasn't able to close the #3 Captains of Crush hand gripper - about 280lbs...

Submitted by admin on
Thanks for pointing the wraps out to me. I didn't even notice them. I guess I was too busy looking how massive and cut he looked. You're definately right that he's not doing a deadlift if he's wearing straps. If he's got a weak grip, he might do significantly less than 800 for a competition lift. I'm still impressed though.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
I would like to see Coleman deadlift WITHOUT straps. Deadlift with straps is an exercise, not a real lift. I guess that without straps, he could lift about 700 lbs. Some 182 (82,5 kg) and 198 (90 kg) class lifters do that.

Submitted by admin on
Until or unless he does the lift without straps it's all guessing on our part. We'll probably never see him ditch them. I wonder if he ever works on grip strength. Or for that matter, even considers that the straps significantly take away from the lift.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Yes well, Coleman was also 6 weeks out from a bodybuilding competition which means he wasnt eating for strength and still performed that incredible lift. If he trained for powerlifting I beleive he could hang with the best. There isn't as much money in the sport of powerlifting or in the World's Strongest Man competition though your right, but, I think Ronnie should try that arena before he gets too old to see where he stands. Perhaps after his 9th or 10th Olympia victory.

Submitted by admin on
Being so close to a contest does make the feat even more impressive. He really has no motivation to train for powerlifting since there's no money in it. I doubt we'll ever see him give a powerlifting event a go. 10 Olympias - WOW.