View Full Version : Pinky Only Deadifts

01-15-2008, 08:02 PM
I was perusing the other day in the bookstore when I stumbled upon the always interesting Guiness Book Of World Records.

I am not sure who chooses what kind of activity can get it but I saw paragraph about the world record for a deadlift using only pinkys. The record was a miniscule 190 some off pounds.

I thought, that sounds easy enough, I can deadlift that with out thinking. So I put on the bar and about 10 lbs per side (65) and thought I'd start training for fun and see if I could approach this.

What I found out is that this has nothing to do with back strength whatsoever. I am not sure how this guy grasps the bar but its very difficult to hold onto a regular bar with your pinkies. I did 65 and nearly shrieked in pain. And that was only from a rack, just wanted to see how it felt.
Whoever is doing this must have pinky about 4+ inches long and thicker than most peoples thumb.

Any one else have odd lifts they've tried?

01-15-2008, 08:12 PM
considering how small my pinkies are, it'd be impossible for me to even hook one of em under the bar.

Sleepy Guy
01-15-2008, 08:12 PM
Can you use straps lol

01-15-2008, 08:13 PM
I doubt I could even hold the bar for a pinkies only deadlift.

Sleepy Guy
01-15-2008, 08:16 PM
i would hook on the center hand to hand so the pinkies are close. One on each side.

01-15-2008, 09:03 PM
Do they have a picture of this or anything? I wonder if they're hooking the thunb too, but using the pinkie as the only "finger".

01-15-2008, 09:12 PM
People have done chins with 1 pinky:

01-15-2008, 09:25 PM
man, i tried it with 65 lbs and that is rediculous. I honestly thought it would be a lot easier than that.

01-16-2008, 03:45 AM
Wow, thats tough!
Hurts like hell!
I got 115, thought my pinkys were going to rip out!

Max Thunder
01-16-2008, 07:11 AM
Did you use a mixed pinky grip?

Ben Moore
01-16-2008, 11:01 AM
Check out the USAWA sometime. There are tons of whacked out old time lifts in there. It's great for when you're bored.

01-17-2008, 12:37 AM
Did you use a mixed pinky grip?

Yep, i used right under, left over...

01-17-2008, 12:39 AM
Got this link from another forum.
Some crazy and weird stuff on here!

According to this, i'm only 10kgs off the WR for 80kg men!
Hahah, will i risk losing a Pinky over this?

01-18-2008, 01:59 AM
"the world's record for lifting a heavy object from the floor using only one finger is 760 lbs., established by R. Weeks in 1941"


01-18-2008, 12:18 PM
I don't believe that at all

01-18-2008, 12:38 PM
Yeah- me either. I certainly respect that a lot of old time strong men did pretty impressive feats, but I suspect that there are a lot of tall tales involved as well.

01-18-2008, 05:49 PM
I agree Rick,

I think they did some amazing stuff but I always wonder if they stuff they claim isn't a bit over the top. I mean, all things being even and no organizations to back them up wouldn't the biggest bs'ers and braggers set all the records.

I think a lot of the strongmen who were showmen would like to put one over on audiences for obvious reasons.

01-18-2008, 05:49 PM
Oh, and to the guy who did 125 lbs with your pinkies, you have my respect.