Andy Bolton

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Andy Bolton
Born Andrew Bolton
(1970-01-22) January 22, 1970 (age 45)
Dewsbury, Yorkshire
Residence Leeds, England
Nationality British
Occupation Powerlifting, Strongman
Known for First man to ever deadlift 1,000 lbs.
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight 350 pounds (160 kg)
Competition record
Competitor for  England
WPC World Powerlifting Championships
1st 2000 140kg
1st 2001 +140kg
1st 2008 +140kg
Competitor for  England
Arnold Strongman Classic
5th 2002
UK Strongman Docklands Challenge
2nd 1999

Andrew "Andy" Bolton (born January 22, 1970) is an English powerlifter and strongman who was born in Dewsbury, Yorkshire.[1]


Bolton won his first powerlifting competition in 1991 when he was twenty-one years of age, at a local powerlifting event called the BAWLA Yorkshire Junior Championships. Bolton has since competed in the WPO/WPC. He is the current World Powerlifting Organization "world record holder" in the total (1273 kg/2806 lb).[2] Bolton also holds the current WPO world records in the squat (550.5 kg/1213 lb) and was the previous holder of the deadlift (457.5 kg/1008.6 lb),[2] and was the first to demonstrate a deadlift of over a thousand pounds.[3]

Bolton has also competed in strongman contests. His strongman accomplishments include placing fifth in the 2002 Arnold Strongman Classic.[4]

Powerlifting official competition records:


  • Total - 2806.5 lbs/1273.0 kg



Bolton is best known for being the first man to lift a 1,000 lb. deadlift (equipped) in a powerlifting competition.[1] Bolton appeared in October 2010 at Elizabethtown High School at "The Night of the Living Dead" deadlift competition where he deadlifted 964.5 lbs raw in only a singlet and a belt.[6]

In 2012, Bolton designed the deadlift training programme Deadlift Dynamite in collaboration with Pavel Tsatsouline. The eponymous book co-authored by the two was published the same year.[7]


  1. ^ a b Frank Leavers, Interview with Andy Bolton., November 26, 2007
  2. ^ a b World Powerlifting Organization World Records (.DOC). Retrieved August 12, 2007.
  3. ^ Lusher, Adam, "Today, Andy Bolton is mainly exercising his 'little' muscles...", Sunday Telegraph, January 8th, 2007. Retrieved August 12th, 2007.
  4. ^ Official 2002 Results Arnold Classic Strongman Competition. Retrieved on 2012-06-21.
  6. ^ Night of the Living Dead blog spot. Retrieved on 2012-06-21.
  7. ^ Deadlift Dynamite review

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