Benedikt Magnússon

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Benedikt Magnússon
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Benedikt in 2008
Born (1983-06-04) June 4, 1983 (age 33)
Reykjavík, Iceland
Nationality Iceland Icelandic
Other names Benni
Occupation Strongman, powerlifter
Employer Super Gym
Height 180 cm (5 ft 11 in)
Weight 180 kg (400 lb)
Spouse(s) Gemma Magnússon
Children 1
Relatives Magnús Magnússon (brother)
Competition record
Representing  Iceland
World's Strongest Man
Qualified 2015
Arnold Strongman Classic
5th 2006
5th 2008
IFSA Strongman World Championship
7th 2006
Iceland's Strongest Man (IFSA)
1st 2003
1st 2004
Iceland's Strongest Man
1st 2003
2nd 2004
2nd 2010
Iceland's Strongest Viking
1st 2007

Benedikt "Benni" Magnússon (born June 4, 1983) is an Icelandic strongman and powerlifter. He was the holder of the official record for the heaviest strongman deadlift until he lost the position to Eddie Hall in 2015, when Hall deadlifted 462 kg using straps, beating the former raw (without straps) record by 1 kg. Magnusson still holds the world record raw (without straps or suit) deadlift record of 1015 lbs.

Strongman and powerlifting career[edit]

Benedikt formerly held the world record for the Hummer tire deadlift of 500 kg (1102 lb) at the Arnold Strongman Classic, in which hummer tires are used instead of powerlifting plates under strongman rules where lifting straps are allowed. Benedikt finished 5th at the Arnold Strongman Classic in 2006 & 2008, and was winner of Iceland's Strongest Man in 2003[1] as well as runner up in 2004 and recently in 2010.[2]

Benedikt is the current WPO powerlifting world record holder in the deadlift. He lifted 440 kilograms (970 lb) in 2005 in Helsinki.[3] He currently holds the Log Lift Icelandic Record, standing at 180 kg (397 lb). He had the strongman deadlift world record, lifting 460 kg (1015 lb) at MHP's Clash of the Titan's IV on 2 April 2011.

Benedikt lays out his training routine leading up to his 460 kg (1015 lb) deadlift in two simple steps, starting with the pre-conditioning phase and ending with the muscle-building phase. Between the two phases, he would spend 4–6 days in the gym per week.[4] He is currently sponsored by online sports nutrition brand Myprotein.[5]

After his absence from competing due to injury and the following rehabilitation, Benedikt returned and broke the Strongman Deadlift World Record at the Giants Live Strongman competition in Melbourne, Australia by deadlifting 445 kg (981 pounds) RAW with straps.[6]

After only eight weeks of training due to an operation to re-attach a finger tendon, Benedikt broke his own strongman deadlift world record at the World Deadlift Championships at Europe's Strongest Man 2014 with a lift of 461 kg (1016 lbs) on a standard bar and plates.

Personal life[edit]

Benedikt is the brother of another Iceland's Strongest Man winner, Magnús Magnússon.[7]

Benedikt, alongside wife Gemma Magnússon (née Taylor, Britain's Strongest Woman) owned and ran a heavy lifting gym in Iceland called Super Gym, which ran monthly "raw" (without the aid of suits) competitions including Log Lift Max, Deadlift Max, Rolling Thunder Max, Bench Press Max, and Squat Max.

Personal records[edit]

Powerlifting competition records[edit]

Done in official powerlifting full meets

  • Squat - 420 kg (937.7 lbs)
  • Bench press - 220 kg (485 lbs) raw
  • Deadlift - 461 kg (1016 lbs) raw [8]
  • Total = 1042.5 kg (380/220/442.5) / 2298.3 lbs (837.7/485/975.5)[9] raw with wraps

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "David Horne's World of Grip". Retrieved 2014-01-25. 
  2. ^ "Stefán Sölvi Petursson Wins Iceland’s Strongest Man". Retrieved 2014-01-25. 
  3. ^ "Benedikt Magnusson 440kg Deadlift | IronScene Powerlifting". Retrieved 2014-01-25. 
  4. ^ Magnusson, Benedikt. "Benedikt Magnusson's Training Leading Up to His World Record Deadlift". Lift. Retrieved 29 April 2013. 
  5. ^ "Benedikt Magnusson | Myprotein - The Zone". Retrieved 2014-01-25. 
  6. ^ "Benedikt Magnusson 445kg Deadlift with Straps - All Things Gym". Retrieved 2014-04-03. 
  7. ^ Saturday, December 17, 2005, IFSA Team World Championships: Team Europe vs. Team Scandinavia, by Randall J. Strossen, Ph.D.IronMind
  8. ^ [1] ANIL KUMAR and LOKESH KUMAR- 461 kg Deadlift - Europe's Strongest Man 2014 - RAW

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