There was no shortage of amazing feats of strength at the 2019 Arnold Classic and Blaine “Vanilla Gorilla” Sumner was responsible for one of them. He bench pressed an Earth-shattering 1,003 pounds and what’s even crazier is he surpassed his previous world record performance by 88 pounds!
He opened up Pro bench event with a 937-pound bench press and blew away his previous record by 22 pounds with ease. Then he felt confident enough to jump straight into 1,003 pounds (Good idea Blaine) and killed it!
Now, Blaine Sumner has too many World records to count but he does hold the all-time IPF records for the equipped squat, bench press, single bench press, and totals among a long list of achievements and world records. He’s the first man in IPF history to bench over 1,000lbs in single ply gear and now has another impressive accolade to add to his lengthy resume.
“1,003 POUND BENCH PRESS!!!! I did it!!!! All Time World Record!!!!”
Watch him bench press 1,003 pounds:
For those who like a different view of the action…
He even got a pretty awesome piece of metal artwork to commemorate his record 1,003-pound bench press.
It wasn’t over for Sumner at the bench press though since he did attempt to compete in the Grand Prix which is a three-lift event. He hit a 225-pound squat (Easily) but was too torn up to continue another two attempts due to lingering back and hip issues. It’s still mind-blowing for him to be able to crank out a rep after a world-record bench press (It does sound crazy).
Here’s the 1,025- pound squat video:
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Full Arnold Recap • Everything from this weekend still feels surreal and hasn’t fully settled in yet. Yesterday I competed in two events at the Arnold Classic. First up was the Pro Bench. I took 937# on my opening attempt which is 22# over my current World Record and smashed it. I knew I had the mojo. So I jumped to 1,003# on my second attempt and crushed it. 88# over my current World Record. I believe this is 118# over the next closest person ever in an IPF affiliate • Right after the Pro Bench I had to rush through the expo hall and weigh in for the Grand Prix (3 lift). I was far more exhausted after the 1,003# bench than I imagined – emotionally and physically, had a hard time finding the energy to turn around and do a full Powerlifting meet. I opened with 1,025# in the squat and it felt great. I passed on my next 2 squat attempts because of the hip and back issues I’ve been dealing with, I was just relieved to get a squat on the board and move on and still felt set up to hit a PR and World Record Total. I opened with 937# in the bench again and it moved great so I jumped to 1,003# again and dumped the weight. Hurt my elbow, wrist, and body pretty bad so didn’t take a 3rd attempt. Moved onto deadlifts and opened at 717#, then took 761#. The swollen hands and arms from the bench made that deadlift all I could muster. I knew if I made the 1,003# bench for the second time in a day it would have set me up for another 2,800+ total. But even with only squat and bench openers and 2 deadlifts I hit a total of 2,723# which is the 3rd highest in an IPF affiliate after both of my 2,800+ totals • Biggest thanks to my wife @figurebarbie Who got me ready for this meet while prepping herself for the Arnold figure and deserves her own post… @r_m_l_c For being my #1 coach/mentor since day 1 in Powerlifting 13 years ago… @promerasports For being the most genuine, high integrity, and supportive supplement company I’ve ever seen and being in my corner for 9 years… and @titanpower81 For being like family and providing me with the best gear in the world forever… and my parents, wife, and step son for continuing to push and support me in my passion despite the dangers.
For the next lift in the Grand Prix, Sumner had another go at the bench press where he opened with 937lbs before failing at a second 1,003lb attempt. He had to dump the weight due to being pretty hurt from the stress on his body and limbs.
The final lift was the deadlift where he completed 717lbs and 761lbs but could bare no more beyond that. Sumner finished with a 2,723 total which he explained is “the 3rd highest in an IPF affiliate after both of my 2,800+ totals”. So, all-in-all, he had a pretty good Grand Prix performance as well.
Apparently, his wife was competing at the Arnold as well and he thanked her in his post for being his biggest support throughout the entire process.
“Biggest thanks to my wife @figurebarbieWho got me ready for this meet while prepping herself for the Arnold figure and deserves her own post…”
Congratulations to a true World champion Blaine Sumner for his amazing accomplishments!