Images Courtesy Joseph Mackey Instagram


IFBB Pro bodybuilder Joseph Mackey recently pulled off an 840lbs deadlift single in training. Mackey was preparing for the lift for a while and was able to successfully pull that off. The lift was a part of the training schedule formulated by Jailhouse Strong – a service that offers functional and strength training with a workout system based on the training habits cultivated by prison inmates.

Joseph Mackey executed the 840lbs deadlift using wrist wraps and a lifting belt. While the grind was visible while lifting the bar off the floor, Mackey broke into a wide grin after locking out and made it look incredibly easy before returning the bar to the floor. Courtesy of Joseph Mackey’s Instagram account, you can watch him deadlifting 800lbs here:

“The goal has been hit!
840 lbs!!
Once my coach @jailhousestrong sent my workout to do 840 today, I’ve been thinking about every day.
Today I accomplished it and I’m looking forward to hitting 900 next year.
LFG,” Joseph Mackey wrote in the caption to his post.

One week before the 840lbs deadlift, Joseph Mackey dropped a workout video on his Instagram. Mackey added a few light movements on the day after the regular power program. The purpose of these light exercises was to get the blood flowing into his back and prepare his body for the massive deadlift. Courtesy of Joseph Mackey’s Instagram account, you can watch the workout video here:

Joseph Mackey’s bodybuilding career at a glance

A super heavyweight competitor in the amateur bodybuilding circuit since 2012, Joseph Mackey made his IFBB Pro debut with the 2017 IFBB Ferrigno Legacy Pro with a 9th place finish in the open division. Since then, Mackey has competed in a total of five IFBB Pro competitions.

Joseph Mackey last competed at the 2021 Chicago Pro that took place on 23rd and 24th July in Atlanta, Georgia. Mackey finished 12th in the men’s open division at the competition.

Joseph Mackey’s career-best showing in the professional bodybuilding career came at the 2020 Tampa Pro when he finished 8th in the men’s open division. In a recent Instagram post, Joseph Mackey acknowledged the fact that he has fallen short of achieving the goals he has set for himself.

Becoming the strongest IFBB Pro bodybuilder with a deadlift was on his list for the year and he has accomplished the task. Looking at his recent training and the most recent 840lbs deadlift, it looks like Joseph Mackey is going to have a strong showing in the year 2022 and realize the primary goal of winning a pro-competition. Fitness Volt wishes him all the very best for future competitions.

Joseph Mackey’s IFBB Pro bodybuilding competition history

  • 2017 IFBB Ferrigno Legacy Pro – Men’s Open Division – 9th Place
  • 2018 IFBB Indy Pro – Men’s Open Division
  • 2019 IFBB New York Pro – Men’s Open Division – 11th Place
  • 2020 IFBB Tampa Pro – Men’s Open Division – 8th Place
  • 2021 IFBB Chicago Pro – Men’s Open Division – 12th Place