They call powerlifter Blaine Sumner “The Vanilla Gorilla.”
But there was nothing “vanilla” about the International Powerlifting Federation world record-breaking 1,102-pound Back Squat he performed at the 2016 Arnold Classic in Columbus, Ohio.
Sumner has supreme lower- and upper-body strength, and he seems to be able to handle the weight without much trouble. But as he goes down and comes back up, one can only marvel at the amount of weight the powerlifter has on his back.
Norwegian powerlifter Carl Yngvar Christensen set the previous IPF world record in 2014, squatting 1,08o pounds at the IPF World Open Powerlifting Championships in Aurora, Colorado.
After setting the new world record, Sumner said the lift almost killed him nearly four times, according to Juggernaut Training Systems.
Besides breaking the world record for squatting, Sumner also benched 885 pounds and deadlifted 815 pounds, combining for a total of 2,802 pounds for the day.