Benedikt Magnússon, ICE – Powerlifter & Strongman
Powerlifting and Strongman career
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 as well as runner up in 2004 and recently in 2010.
Benedikt is the current WPO powerlifting world record holder in the deadlift. He lifted 440 kilograms (970 lb) in 2005 in Helsinki, Finland.
Benedikt currently holds the Log Lift Icelandic Record standing at 180 kg (397 lb).
Benedikt Magnússon, alongside wife Gemma Magnússon, (Britain’s Strongest Woman) owned and ran heavy lifting gym in Iceland called Super Gym. Super Gym ran monthly “raw” (without the aid of suits) competitions including Log Lift Max, Deadlift Max, Rolling Thunder Max, Bench Press Max, and Squat Max.
Benedikt holds the current deadlift world record, lifting 460 kg (1015 lb) at MHP’s Clash of the Titan’s IV, April 2, 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.
He is the brother of another winner of Iceland’s Strongest Man, Magnús Magnússon.
Benedikt is currently sponsored by online sports nutrition brand, Myprotein.
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.
After only 8 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.
Powerlifting Competition Records:
done in official powerlifting full meets
Squat – 420 kg (837.7 lbs)
Bench press – 220 kg (485 lbs) raw
Deadlift – 461 kg (1016 lbs) raw with straps 
Total = 1042.5 kg (380/220/442.5) / 2298.3 lbs (837.7/485/975.5)raw with wraps