Bodybuilders are known to show off their muscles on stage, but every now and then they like to remind us all that they know how to use them too. On September 6, 2021, Tampa Pro and Texas Pro champion Iain Valliere showcased his strength in the form of a 306 kilogram (675 pound) deadlift for five reps. The set is visible in the video below.
Instead of letting the weight bounce off the floor, Vallière actually allows the bar to stop before pulling the next rep, which makes this feat all the more impressive.
Many bodybuilders or trainers might advise against lifting such heavy loads so close to a competition – Valliere is scheduled to compete in the 2021 Arnold Classic in Columbus, Ohio on September 25, 2021 – due to severe calorie restriction. Lack of proper nutrition usually makes high-intensity training difficult, but Valliere clearly wasn’t concerned about the gas in his tank, even addressing this in a cheeky way in his caption:
“Them:” But Iain, why take the risk if you are away for 3 weeks! “
Me: “and that’s why no one will remember your name”
7 plates for 5. I can’t help myself 🤷🏼. ”
In the video, Vallière wears a basic weightlifting belt and uses lifting straps. The bar was loaded with a 45-pound skid plate on each side as well as six standard 45-pound plates. The set took place at Revive Health & Wellness in Stuart, Fla., Where the Canadian native has trained for the past few weeks alongside his brother-in-law and defending Classic Physique Olympia champion Chris Bumstead.
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What makes this ensemble even more astonishing, beyond its proximity to the Classic, is its imminent appearance on stage at the Mr. Olympia 2021 competition. At the time of publication of this article, Valliere was only five weeks of participating in the world’s largest bodybuilding event, which runs from October 7, 2021 to October 10, 2021 in Orlando, Florida.
Strength and size
It’s an undeniably titanic set with either a competition on the calendar or not, and Vallière isn’t the only bodybuilder to have trained so close to a competition. Eight times Mr. Olympia Ronnie Coleman did an 800-pound deadlift for two reps less than six weeks before the 2003 Mr. Olympia, which he won to secure the sixth consecutive victory in his historic eight-year run.
While clearly following Coleman’s legacy of great gymnastic lifts, Valliere also appears to be aiming for a great performance on stage. Valliere will be hoping to improve on his seventh place at the 2020 Olympia when he hits the lights in October.
Featured Image: @iainvalliere on Instagram