Powerlifting sensation Larry Wheels gained attention for his crazy feats of strength. In a recent YouTube video, Wheels smoked an insane 551.2-pound (250-kg) 1 rep max test on the bench press while being on Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT).
Wheels boasts a unique physique that resembles a bodybuilder, but is also suitable for powerlifting. As a longtime fitness freak, Wheels has faced many setbacks in the form of injuries and torn muscles along the way. Earlier this year, he picked up a hamstring injury that kept him sidelined for three weeks in preparation for the 2022 Middle East’s Strongest Man competition. When he got back to training, he ended up injuring his back trying to perform heavy deadlifts resulting in his withdrawal from the contest.
Wheels took the time off to focus on his health and take a mental break. In August, he disclosed that he would stop using steroids following the injury. Wheels had been open about being on the juice and shared that he would switch to TRT. He explained that it was not realistic for him to quit every hormone as his body did not naturally produce enough testosterone after a decade of using steroids.
Strength is Wheels’ strongest asset and he continued to test his limits after leaving gear. He recently showed off his incredible strength by crushing a huge 465-pound (210.9-kg) raw bench press for five reps. He also announced his plans to test out his one rep max while only using TRT.
Larry Wheels demolishes an insane 551.2-lb (250-kg) bench press for 1 rep max test
In a recent YouTube video, Larry Wheels smoked a massive 551.2-pound (250-kg) bench press for a 1 rep max test while being on TRT. He firstly recorded the highest lift of 507.1 pounds (230 kilograms) by only using a lifting belt. Then, Wheels used wraps on his elbows and reported it felt easier to lift the heavier weight.
Larry explained that he needed to use the wraps as the compression helps reduce inflammation or pain for as long as the wraps are on. In his case, he needed it to combat the damage built-up from an arm wrestling training session. He was able to lift 551.2-lb (250-kg) using wraps on his elbows and wearing a lifting belt. It’s also important to note that Larry performed the bench press with commands, which means that he made a slight pause with the bar on his chest.
Larry Wheels intends to test his true one rep max next week. By a “True one rep max”, Larry means a raw bench press attempt with no elbow sleeves.
“What I really want to see is if I can build from here or is it going to keep going down? Is it going to just never get any better than what it is on TRT. That’s what I want to find out.”
Larry Wheels recently made headlines for showcasing the difference in his health after quitting steroids. He focused on the aging damage that steroid use can cause and compared it to how much younger he looks now that he is off of the juice.
He does not look as big as he used to but his strength still remains. Although he shrunk down to 251.3 pounds (114 kilograms) bodyweight, he did not lose a considerable amount of strength in comparison. He intends to match his personal records while only using TRT.
Wheels has been gearing up to check his one rep max next week. He already crushed a huge 661-lb (300-kg) squat for five reps and an insane 716.5-lb (325-kg) squat for one rep in preparation for the real test.