Jesus Olivares Raw Squat a 475-Kilogram PR in Training

Super heavyweight powerlifter Jesus Olivares holds the all-time world record total in knee sleeves at a whopping 1,152.5 kilograms (2,541 pounds). The three-time world champion in the International Powerlifting Federation (IPF) is unbeaten at that level. In fact, Olivares has never been beaten in competition in his Open powerlifting career.

Olivares is not resting on his laurels, though. His training over the past year has been littered with PRs. At the end of his peak for the 2024 Sheffield Powerlifting Championships, Olivares shared a colossal squat PR of 475 kilograms (1,047.2 pounds) on his Instagram page. Take a look at the lift below:

In the video, the barbell bent visibly as Olivares unracked the huge weight. The Eleiko competition bar used is classed as a “stiff” power bar and does not bend easily, but with 475 kilograms (1,047.2 pounds) loaded, there was noticeable whip at the top of the lift.

Olivares employed knee sleeves, a lifting belt, and wrist wraps to aid him in the lift. Notably, there were three spotters. Often, Olivares attempts incredible weights on the squat without the safety net of spotters, so this signaled how monumental the lift was.

After a careful and deliberate walkout, Olivares took the squat to depth. There was a moment of uncertainty halfway up as the bar wobbled, and the ascent slowed. Nevertheless, Olivares pushed through, and a smile appeared before the top of the lift.

After racking the bar, Olivares took a moment to high-five his brother, Pablo, who back-spotted Jesus, before letting out a huge roar of triumph.

The IPF squat world record in the +120-kilogram class is 477.5 kilograms (1,053 pounds) and belongs to Ray Williams, who set it at the Arnold Classic in 2017. With this training lift, Olivares demonstrated that he is capable of taking the record for himself soon.

Olivares will compete on Feb. 10, 2024, at the 2024 Sheffield Championships in the UK. He won the 2023 event in considerable style, breaking the deadlift world record with 410 kilograms (904 pounds) and the total world record with 1,152.5 kilograms (2,541 pounds). Olivares could earn a hefty £40,000 (over $50,000) if he wins in 2024 and breaks the world record in the squat, deadlift, and total.

The 2024 Sheffield promises to be a phenomenal contest. Tune in to SBD Apparel’s YouTube channel on February 10 to watch the whole event.

Featured image: @mega.gojira on Instagram

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