Young weightlifter nearly passes out after forgetting to breathe during 245kg deadlift 


Weightlifting champion FAINTS after attempting to lift a 245 kilo deadlift with friends forced to rush to his aid

  • Raymond Heaton, 20, is a national powerlifting champion in NSW, Australia
  • Footage filmed on December 23, 2020, shows him attempting a 245 kilo deadlift
  • Midway through set he falls forward on his face and collapses under equipment

A national powerlifting champion has learnt a valuable lesson during a terrifying training mishap which could have ended in tragic circumstances. 

Raymond Heaton, 20, from Moree in north-western New South Wales, collapsed twice and almost passed out after he forgot to breathe while squeezing in a last minute pre-Christmas training session at his local gym.

Footage filmed on December 23 last year shows Heaton attempting to perform a 245 kilogram deadlift before he buckles and collapses to the ground as several friends rush to his aid.

A second video shows Heaton lifting a 225 kilogram deadlift before he’s seen stumbling and collapses again off camera.

Raymond Heaton, 20, from Moree in north-western New South Wales, collapsed twice and almost passed out after he forgot to breathe while squeezing in a last minute pre-Christmas training session

Footage filmed on December 23 last year shows Heaton attempting to perform a 245 kilogram deadlift before he buckles and collapses to the ground as several friends rush to his aid

Raymond Heaton, 20, from Moree in north-western New South Wales, collapsed twice and almost passed out after he forgot to breathe while squeezing in a last minute pre-Christmas training session

‘Note to self breathe between reps,’ Heaton later posted the footage on Instagram.

‘245KG x 2.5: I was so close to that third rep. 

‘225KGx3: Was not expecting to be taken by momentum into a weight stack.’

‘I think hook grip, plus a new mouthguard made me forget to breathe.’

He was flooded with comments from concerned friends.

‘Not sure I’ve seen someone fold this hard before top effort mate,’ one wrote.

Another added: ‘I want to know why you did it a second time after you passed out the first time.’

'Note to self breathe between reps,' Heaton later posted the footage on Instagram

‘Note to self breathe between reps,’ Heaton later posted the footage on Instagram

The footage has since gone viral online. 

‘It was the last day before gyms closed over Christmas in my small town and I wanted to go pretty heavy to make it count,’ Heaton later told Newsflare.

‘I recently purchased a mouthguard and this was my first time using it and I was not used to breathing through it.’

‘Additionally, I had just started to implement the hook grip, which is quite painful to use but more efficient/safer which only added to me not remembering to breathe at all on my 245KGx 2.5 deadlift.’

Heaton took out the 93kg junior national division at Australian Classic Powerlifting Championships in late 2019.



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Written by Bourbiza Mohamed

I have 26 years of experience as a professional writer and editor and have been working as a full time freelancer since 2011. I am originally from Casablanca, Morocco, and I graduated from Qatar University with a degree in journalism. I have worked for newspapers, magazines, news agencies, websites. I speak fluent Arabic, French, English, Russian and Spanish.

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