Joe Kovacs is an Olympic silver medalist in shot put. However, he was recently seen doing some incredible work with his squat training in lockdown.
When it comes to track and field, Kovacs is one of the best in the world. Not only has he won silver in the Olympics, but he also won gold at the 2015 and 2019 World Championships, as well as silver in the 2017 edition. Furthermore, his personal best shot put a distance of 22.91 is farther than anyone has thrown since 1990, and is the third farthest ever.
An athlete the caliber of Joe Kovacs has to constantly stay in the gym training. However with the current global health crisis, that is a bit more difficult. Nevertheless, as he showed us on Instagram recently, he is managing to do a good job adjusting his training accordingly. Most recently he was seen doing a 705lb squat. While impressive on its own, the fact that he did so for ten reps left us with our jaws on the floor.
“320kg/705lbs x 10 today.
Like many of you, I have been in quarantine for the last 5 weeks. Most of you are away from your training facilities, training partners, and coaches. I feel lucky to be in lockdown with my wife @ashleykovacsusa who is my best friend AND coach! She’s been keeping me well fed, spotting me and loving me.
We are setting daily and weekly goals based on our current circumstances and there have certainly been limitations to my training. But there are also some positives and I am choosing to focus on those and use this time to build a monstrous base. I hope we all come out of this situation stronger. I know I will, and I’m thankful for that 🙏🏼”
That is quite the performance from Joe Kovacs. While he is clearly ready to be done by the time the tenth rep comes, he manages to smoothly knock out each rep. It just serves as further proof that just because you can not make it to the gym, does not mean you can’t have worthwhile training sessions.