Andy Bolton

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Andy Bolton
Andrew Bolton

(1970-01-22) 22 January 1970 (age 53)
Occupation(s)Powerlifting, Strongman
Known forFirst man to ever deadlift 1,000 lbs.
Height6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Competition record
Representing  England
WPC World Powerlifting Championships
1st 2000 140kg
1st 2001 +140kg
1st 2008 +140kg
Representing  England
Arnold Strongman Classic
5th 2002
UK Strongman Docklands Challenge
2nd 1999

Andrew Bolton (born 22 January 1970) is an English powerlifter and strongman who was born in Dewsbury, Yorkshire.[1] He is the first man to deadlift 1,000 pounds, doing so in 2006.


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:




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 pair of pants and a striking pair of socks.[7]

In 2012, Bolton published a deadlift training book Deadlift Dynamite in collaboration with Pavel Tsatsouline.[8]


  1. ^ a b Frank Leavers, Interview with Andy Bolton., 26 November 2007
  2. ^ a b World Powerlifting Organization World Records Archived 20 February 2007 at the Wayback Machine (.DOC). Retrieved 12 August 2007.
  3. ^ Lusher, Adam, "Today, Andy Bolton is mainly exercising his 'little' muscles...[dead link]", Sunday Telegraph, 8 January 2007. Retrieved 12 August 2007.
  4. ^ Official 2002 Results Arnold Classic Strongman Competition. Retrieved on 2012-06-21.
  5. ^ "Andy Bolton (M)". 2 October 2010. Retrieved 23 May 2022.
  6. ^ "ALL TIME HISTORICAL MEN AND WOMEN'S POWERLIFTING WORLD RECORDS" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 3 June 2013. Retrieved 4 November 2012.
  7. ^ Night of the Living Dead blog spot. Retrieved on 2012-06-21.
  8. ^ Deadlift Dynamite review Archived 1 January 2014 at the Wayback Machine

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