I will never not be impressed with Powerlifting and Powerlifters. The weight they pull is something I can’t even comprehend let alone lift. Such is the case with Aussie’s own Nathan Tanis. He competes in the 83 kg weight class and just squatted 305 kg (which, according to my math skills is 3,67 times his body weight) for a new world record under IPF rules.
If that wasn’t enough he set personal records on both bench and deadlift. In his Instagram post summary of the meet, he says that his bench press of 162.5kg(358lbs) was a personal best of 2,5 kg and his best deadlift in the meet of 305kg(672lbs) was 1 kg up from his last personal best. So, that’s 305kg(672lbs) on the deadlift, 162,5kg on the bench press and 305 kg on the squat which makes his meet total at 772.5 kg/1703lbs. Which was more than enough to win him a gold medal in his division.
However, just like in any other sport, there’s a whole line of guys waiting to take you off the throne and powerlifting is no different. Russel Orhi, fellow powerlifter, hit a 301,5 kg squat in September(a world record at the time) a 783.5 kg total in June. Which as you can see is a bigger total than Tani’s total. So it’s pretty safe to say that we got ourselves a friendly rivalry on hand between two extremely strong.