France has a wealth of talent in the field of powerlifting, as many World Records in the sport are currently held by their athletes. However, Panagiotis Tarinidis is still looking to bring more achievements back home. Panagiotis has been training harder than ever in the past few months and has now Unofficially broken the IPF World Record Total. According to his Instagram, Panagiotis decided to test his max lifts in all three events during a recent training session. So, the accumulation of the three lifts came out to 720 kilograms (1,587.3 pounds), that is 9.5 kilograms (20.9 pounds) over the current U66KG IPF World Record Total.
Panagiotis Tarinidis started off his training session with a squat of 255 kilograms (562.2 pounds), which he performed in a raw fashion, that is with knee sleeves and a lifting belt.
The second lift of his training session was the bench press. Panagiotis managed to build up to 175 kilograms (385.5 pounds). The reason it’s so significant is that it’s 5 kilograms (11 pounds) heavier than his bench press competition PR.
Finally, Panagiotis Tarinidis proved why he is called the “King Of Grind” on the deadlifts. Utilizing a conventional stance and a mixed grip, Panagiotis decided to deadlift 290 kilograms (639.3 pounds) to wrap up his training session. Once the bar reached his knees, Panagiotis started struggling, but managed to cross the sticking point after a few seconds. In addition, this deadlift is 10 kilograms (22 pounds) heavier than Panagiotis Tarinidis’ competition PR.
Panagiotis Tarinidis’ Unofficial WR Lifts
Squat: 255 kilograms (562.2 pounds)
Bench Press: 175 kilograms (385.5 pounds)
Deadlift: 290 kilograms (639.3 pounds)
Total: 720 kilograms (1,587.3 pounds) — Unofficial U66KG IPF World Record
*The current IPF World Record Raw Total of the 66-kilogram weight class currently stands at 710.5 kilograms (1,566.4 pounds). This record was set by Senumong Kasemsand at the 2022 AsianPF Asian Classic Powerlifting Championships.
Panagiotis Tarinidis is motivated to compete due to losing his IPF World Champion title in 2022. He originally won the 2021 IPF World Classic Powerlifting Championships, but only managed to get fifth-place in 2022. So, according to a rough translation of his Instagram caption, Panagiotis has his reasons for why he can’t lose this year.
The 2023 IPF World Classic Powerlifting Championships are set to take place in less than six weeks from now. The action will be taking place from June 11-18, in Valletta, Malta. So, Panagiotis Tarinidis is obviously in a very good place currently.
During his 7-year-long powerlifting career, Panagiotis Tarinidis has taken part in 23 sanctioned competitions. He has won ten competitions and was crowned the World, Europe, and National Champion.
Data Source: Open Powerlifting. Last Updated: April 12, 2023
Considering that Panagiotis Tarinidis is competing in the 66-kilogram weight class, both his squat and deadlift linger around 4x his bodyweight or more. So, it is evident that he is one of the strongest pound-for-pound men in the world. Now, seeing him full of confidence, it seems that Panagiotis is once again the main favorite for the IPF World’s title.
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