With the 2021 Kern US Open just two weeks away on April 24 and 25 in San Diego, California, powerlifters everywhere are training hard for the win. John Haack is one of them and has already beat his own world record in training hitting a new personal record (PR) by 4 kilograms.
It was April 12 when John Haack posted the training video to his Instagram. He performed a bench press of 265kg/584lbs, a lift 11 pounds over his current world record. The bench was performed raw with wrist wraps, but without a lifting belt. Although this wasn’t a competition record, and thus not an official world record, it’s still a new PR for Haack.
His previous world record which was an official world record was a bench press world record at the WRPF Hybrid Showdown III in Miami, Florida. That record was set in February 2021. He also crushed an 804lb deadlift in training last July.
In the same session on his Instagram this week, Haack performed a squat of 340kg/749lb. He’s clearly determined to get the win this month and has already set the bar to push himself. Watch the lift:
John Haack’s Records
Powerlifter John Haack is a lifter that has been successful in his competitive history. Since 2013, he has competed 19 times and took home the gold for 16 of them. In most of these competitions, he has competed in the 82.5kg/181lb weight class.
By 2020, Haack had completely taken over the 90kg-weight-class. He is currently the record holder for both the bench press and the lifted total at 967.5kg/2,133lbs.
Here’s what he did for that record:
- Squat: 330kg/727.5lb
- Bench press: 260kg/573.2lb
- Total: 967.5kg/2,133.9lb
As it stands now, Haack is well on his way to clearing another world record at the end of the month. We will keep you posted on his results when the time comes.