Jesus Olivares - Image credit @mega.gojira Instagram
The biggest hype in powerlifting is currently revolving around Jesus Olivares, as he is the reigning 2x IPF World Champion and will try to defend his title in just one week from now. So, everyone is unsurprisingly eager to find out how prepared Jesus is for the 2023 IPF World Championships. On his Instagram page, he often shares updates, and the most recent one showed him setting a new record. This PR turned out to be a humongous 435-kilogram (960-pound) two-rep squat.
Jesus Olivares believes that strength is determined by how much weight a person can lift with as little equipment support as possible. So, he completed the 435-kilogram (960-pound) two-rep squat in a raw manner, utilizing only a lifting belt and knee sleeves to aid him in the lift.
Jesus Olivares did not have too much trouble locking out either of the reps with 435 kilograms (960 pounds), especially considering just how heavy the squat was. In addition, Jesus captioned the video with “Still Hungry“, hinting that he still wants to lift even heavier.
Jesus Olivares recently took part in the 2023 IPF Sheffield Powerlifting Championships where he displayed his greatest shape yet. He set two new IPF World Records in the Deadlift and Total events. However, he is now attempting to break the Squat World Record as well. The current record is held by Ray Williams who locked out 490 kilograms (1,080.3 pounds). On the other hand, Jesus’ heaviest squat in a competition came out to 470 kilograms (1,036.1 pounds). So, having now improved his two-rep PR, it is clear that he is capable of squatting more in his one rep max.
During Jesus’ Olivares’ career so far he has taken part in 20 sanctioned powerlifting competitions and won 11 of them. In addition, he earned the title of the strongest raw powerlifter in the world, all while being natural contrary to many other athletes who use PEDs.
Jesus Olivares’ Competition PRs
*Jesus Olivares set all of his competition PRs at the 2023 IPF Sheffield Powerlifting Championships.
Data Source: Open Powerlifting. Last Updated: August 17, 2023
Jesus Olivares already has the joint second heaviest raw squat of all time, as Jezza Uepa has lifted as much as him. However, Jesus wants to be the greatest of all time which is the reason for his recent squat improvement. Within a few days, we will see just how close he can get to the world record. Jesus is pumped up for the 2023 IPF World Championships and hopes to put up the greatest performance in the history of powerlifting.
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