It is Sullivan’s first deadlift milestone in a very long time.
On Mar. 12, 2023, Joe Sullivan shared an Instagram clip of himself capturing a uncooked deadlift of 345 kilograms (760.6 kilos) throughout a training session. The powerlifter utilized a sumo stance and a hook grip, and had only a lifting belt adorned for the strength feat. In keeping with Sullivan’s submit, it’s the athlete’s first deadlift private document (PR) in roughly six years after struggling a extreme nerve damage. (Observe: Sullivan said the timeframe as seven years, however given the date he described as his final PR, that’s possible a typo.)
Sullivan’s feedback about lastly breaking by way of a deadlift plateau current an fascinating timeline for the world-class competitor.
The athlete famous that his final true raw deadlift PR of 340 kilograms (749.5 kilos) occurred throughout the 2017 United States Powerlifting Affiliation (USPA) Kern US Open. Sullivan would subsequently develop “nerve ache” and “nerve injury” someday in 2018, however he didn’t specify how the damage occurred.
All of that stated, Sullivan hasn’t shied away from making an attempt pulls in competitors within the time since he developed his damage. In keeping with Open Powerlifting, the athlete has tried a minimum of one deadlift in each contest of his profession courting again to April 2008, although his post-injury efficiency was clearly impacted — after 2018, Sullivan didn’t efficiently pull any heavier than 317.5 kilograms (699.9 kilos) in competitors. He additionally hasn’t recorded any PR, in coaching or in competitors, eclipsing that 749.5-pound pull from roughly six years in the past.
Shifting ahead, regardless of a slight wrestle with this particular pull, Sullivan appeared to indicate that this deadlifting milestone would imply extra makes an attempt at new private achievements sooner or later.
” … And although the down command was a bit fast right now, we’re nowhere close to executed,” Sullivan wrote. “It’s just a bit farther now with a smile on my face.”
When it comes to latest accomplishments, Sullivan captured the all-time uncooked World Report back squat of 385 kilograms (848.8 kilos) for the 100-kilogram division in late September 2022. He achieved the mark throughout a third-place efficiency on the 2022 USPA Raw Pro. Previous to this competitors’s third-place consequence, Sullivan had received six straight contests courting again to November 2017. Probably the most notable amongst these victories could be a triumph within the 2020 WRPF The Showdown the place he achieved his highest ever uncooked whole of 910.5 kilograms (2007.4 kilos).
Off the competitors platform, Sullivan doesn’t slack in efficiency both. In 2022, he recorded 19 reps of a 230-kilogram (507-pound) squat AMRAP (As Many Reps As Possible). The purpose was impressed by 1980 Mr. Universe Tom Platz.
No matter future the holds in retailer for Sullivan, whether or not high-level competitors or coaching PRs, he’s likened to make it vibrant. By lastly breaking the seal on his deadlift proficiency and returning to type, the powerlifting world might be his oyster.
Featured picture: @joesullivan_aod on Instagram