Backlifting – Iron Game History – January, 1992

The back lift allows a person to lift more weight than can be raised in any other manner. Indeed, a current powerlifter could, with training, backlift more weight than he or she can total in the three standard power lifts. David P. Willoughby estimated that an athlete should be able to backlift approximately 13.1 times the amount of weight he or she could do in the Olympic-style press, basing his estimate on many athletes who practiced both lifts and whose abilities were well known.