A few people have asked me whether the Hugh Jackman dead lifting pic is real. I have no idea why, but enough guys have asked that I’ll answer.
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Yes, the pic is real. You can tell it’s real based on the way the bar is bending. An ordinary Olympic style barbell bends once you have 315 pounds (or “3 wheels” as the bros say) on it.
How much can Hugh Jackman Lift?
Jackman is using Olympic bumper plates. They are called bumper plates because you can drop them on an Olympic lifting platform without damaging anything.
A standard red bumper plate is 45 pounds; a blue plate is 35 pounds. He is also using steel hexagon plates. He has one 45 pound plate on either side plus what appears to be a 10 pounder.
Given that a standard Olympic barbell is 45 pounds, Hugh Jackman is dead lifting 405 pounds.
In bro speak, we call that “4 wheels .” That is an impressive deadlift, especially when you consider Hugh Jackman’s age.
Hugh Jackman is 44.
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UPDATE: Reds are 45 and blues are 35. Unless they are Rogue plates (pictured below). Either way, nice deadlift, bro!