John Haack is continuously surprising us and lifting some very heavy weights. Haack is the current powerlifting record holder in the 90 kg category, with his heaviest total equaling 1005.5 kg (2216.7 lbs). With that performance, Haack also broke the raw total world record in two weight classes above his own, which are the records in the100 kg category – 972.5 kg (2144 lbs), and 110 kg category – 1000 kg (2204.6 lbs).
John Haack just keeps getting stronger, and his latest achievement is joining the “600 lbs bench club”. He managed to unofficially beat his bench press record of 263 kg (579.8 lbs), with a lift of 272.5 kg (600.8 lbs) in his gym.
Haack showcased the lift on his Instagram account and expressed his feelings on joining the “600 lbs bench club”.
“Joining the 600lb bench club feels oh so good” said Haack.
Haack’s lift was completed only with a pair of lifting wraps, and nothing else. You can watch the video here:
John Haack usually competes in the 90 kg category, but we don’t know exactly how heavy he is right now. It is known that a few days ago, when Haack deadlifted 405 kg (892.8 lbs), he was weighing 96.8 kg (213.5 lbs). If his weight stayed the same, then Haack managed to lift just under 3x his bodyweight.
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It is also worth mentioning that Haack’s spotter is Andy Huang, he is also a powerlifter who ranked first overall at the 2021 Kern US Open in the 125 kg category (raw with wraps). Huang almost fell over the bar trying to celebrate with Haack.
“I was willing to lose it all on that slap, this called for it.” said Huang.
Reactions to Haack’s Bench Press
The all-time raw bench press world record holder Julius Maddox, who is trying to become the first person that bench pressed 800 lbs (363 kg) raw, commented on Haack’s post.
“This is crazy” said Maddox
Ed Coan, a powerlifter with six International Powerlifting Federation (IPF) World Titles, also commented.
Mark Bell, the inventor of bench slingshot, and one of the best powerlifters with an equipped lifts total of 1192 kg (2628 lbs), was seemingly very impressed.
“Don’t make no sense” said Bell.
Some other comments from Haack’s fans were:
“When will this man reach his limit”
“Benched someone’s total”
“Bro you are benching people’s deadlift max“
Seeing John Haack beat his personal records in the gym, we are bound to see new records from him in regulated competitions. He will also perform a lift in the Gymshark and Brawn live stream on Twitch, December, 10th, 2021. Maybe this is the next chance to see yet another record.