Q&A With The First Man To Deadlift 1K Pounds!

by admin on January 16, 2012

You’ll never believe it.  The other day I started private messaging with pro powerlifter Andy Bolton on Facebook and rattled off this mini-interview for us.  Andy Bolton has a 755lbs competition Bench Press, he’s one of only 6 men to squat over 1200lbs and the very first man to Deadlift 1000lbs.

Doberman Dan:  Andy the very first time you maxed out on the deadlift how old were you and do you remember how much you pulled?

AB:  I was in my late teens and I pulled just over 200kg, weighing about 17 stones. I was always a big guy and quite strong. But my pull is now 457.5kg so I certainly had to work hard to get to the top of powerlifting.

Doberman Dan:  Um…1 stone = 14 lbs so that’s around 238 lbs.  You were bigger than me now when you were a teenager!  A lot of the readers here at DFBB struggle to add muscle mass.  Do you think that performing the 3 powerlifts (Squat, Bench & Deadlift) could help hardgainers put on some size?

AB:  For sure.  Many guys waste their time doing fancy exercises that won’t do much for building mass.

For example, I see guys all the time who say they want to add mass to their arms.  So they do tricep kickbacks.

Now let me ask you a question – which do you think will add more mass to your tricpes… kickbacks with 20 pound DB’s or a Bench Press with 225lbs, then 275lbs, then 315lbs.  I think you get the idea.

To add mass you need to get stronger and to get stronger there are no better movements than the squat, bench press and deadlift.  All the best bodybuilders could put up good numbers on the powerlifts.

Want proof?  Just watch Franco Columbo Deadlift over 300kg with crappy leverages or Ronnie Coleman pull 800lbs for a double.

Doberman Dan:  Can you explain how strength relates to muscle size?  For example the most built guy is not always the strongest.  But on the other hand training for the goal of strength can often lead to gaining muscle wouldn’t you agree?

AB:  Agreed.  Most average gym rats need to get stronger but it is true that the biggest guys are not always the strongest.

To get bigger you need volume. In other words, lots of sets and reps.  However, some people can build strength without much volume.

If you combine strength training and decent volume – that’s when you really build strong guys. Like me ;)  At my best I was 13% bodyfat and that meant I was carrying over 270lbs of lean body mass.

Doberman Dan:  Tell us something personal about Andy Bolton that not many people know about.

AB:  I am married to my beautiful wife Stacey and we have a 5 year old daughter Madison.  Regarding sports – I’m a huge fan of MMA and watch every UFC when it’s on television.

Doberman Dan:  If you had a gun to your head and you were tied up and someone asked you to share you number 1 deadlift tip or die, what would you say?

AB: Work on your technique, the most important things being:

Stay tight

Squeeze the bar as hard as you can

Keep the bar close all the way to lockout

Doberman Dan:   What is the top reason that most people fail to add weight to their lifts in the squat, bench press and deadlift?

AB:  There are many reaons, but number one is bad form.  Bad form will stop somebody getting stronger and it will lead to injury sooner rather than later.

Excellent technique will improve strength and minimize injury risk.  What’s not to like about improving your technique? The answer is nothing!

CLICK HERE to Add Hundreds Of Pounds To Your Bench, Deadlift & Squat By Mastering Your Technique


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