Great Britain’s Luke Richardson is an absolute phenom and at 21 years old he has already made big waves in the Strongman community after becoming the youngest lifter to achieve a 1000kg/2,204lb total while competing in the 120+kg weight class at the European Powerlifting Federation (EPF) 2018 Junior Men’s Classic British Championships.
‘The Future’ as they call him is fitting due to his amazing potential not to mention he already got a head start on the competition since making his powerlifting debut in 2016 before going on to win 7 out of 8 gold medals in competition. But in 2019, Richardson decided he’d like to try his hand at Strongman and so far, he has made the right decision. Richardson has a massive deadlift of near 900 pounds so he’ll fit right in with the other monsters, especially with a recent session where he pulled 320kg/705lbs for 10 reps… with no belt!
Check it out below…
He breezed through the first 7 reps or so before the last few crept up on him but he still managed to finish all reps without a hitch. But considering the nature of his performance, he deserves even more credit than what appeared in the video. To deadlift this kind of weight on a stiff bar and without a belt mind you; well, his strength speaks for itself.
He wrote the following on Instagram…
“320kg for a new beltless 10RM. 20kg PB and done on a stiff bar. Very sloppy but happy to just get through it after some hard weeks of training. Light week next week then the final push for Europe’s Strongest Man begins.”
But he knows there are improvements which need to be made before the 2020 Europe’s Strongest Man which is on April 4th (taking place at the First Direct Arena in Leeds, England), but he also knows he has to push his limits a little if he’s going to continue to live up to the hype (which he has done very well so far).
This 10-rep max pr is 44 pounds more than what he did a week prior where he performed a 300kg/661lb deadlift for 10 and also without a belt and on a stiff bar.
Here it is…
We’ll be sure to keep you posted regarding upcoming Europe’s Strongest Man competition which will be electrifying and it’ll be interesting to see how the young Luke Richardson fares on April 4th. He’ll have to go up against some big names like last year’s champ Hafthor Bjornsson, 2019 Europe’s Strongest Man runner-up Mateusz Kieliszkowski and other elites. But at only 21, this event will be a great experience for him and likely one of many in his quest of becoming the ‘World’s Strongest Man’ champion one day.