Joe Sullivan (100 kg) units the all-time uncooked world document within the squat at 386 kg (850.9 kilos).
Sullivan’s leg strength is literally unmatched by his peers.
At times, Joe Sullivan seems to expand what should be possible for anyone on the mortal plane. He’s more like a powerlifting powerhouse than a mere human with ridiculous strength. The powerlifting dynamo once again showed why in its most recent competition appearance.
On March 25, 2023, during the World Raw Powerlifting Federation (WRPF) Metroflex Battle for the Yard 8, Sullivan scored a raw back squat of 386 kilograms (850.9 pounds). while wearing a sling, knee cuffs and wrist wraps. For Sullivan, who competed in the 100-kilogram weight class, the mark is a world record of all time in his weight class. According to Open Powerlifting, Sullivan’s successful lift surpassed his own previous record milestone of 384.9 kilograms (848.7 pounds) from the 2022 United States Powerlifting Association (USPA) Pro Raw Championships.
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Here’s a rundown of Sullivan’s top stats from WRPF Metroflex Battle for the Yard 8. His total for the contest is an all-time personal best. The athlete wore a belt and wrist wraps for the bench press and just a belt for the deadlift:
Joe Sullivan (100kg) | Top stats WRPF Metroflex Battle for the Yard 8
- squatting — 386 kilograms (850.9 pounds) | Raw world record of all time
- bench press — 225 kilograms (496 pounds)
- deadlift — 327.5 kilograms (722 pounds)
- In total — 938 kilograms (2068 pounds) | Best Raw competition ever
The video of Sullivan’s record squat shared on his Instagram drew a round of widespread virtual applause from various strength and fitness icons. There were powerlifters Denise Herber, Chad Penson, Ernie Lilliebridge Jr., Nabil Lahlou, Phillip Herndon and Ashley Contorno. Even bodybuilder and long-time Mr. Olympia contender Hunter Labrada got involved.
It seems when a powerlifter beats their record, all eyes will be on their tremendous feat.
Sullivan’s world record squat completes something of a banner month for the athlete. In mid-March 2023, the powerlifter set a long-awaited raw deadlift (PR) personal record of 345 kilograms (760.6 pounds) after suffering what appeared to be a serious nerve injury about six years ago. Everything seems to come down to Sullivan, but then again, it usually seems that way.
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After eclipsing his own world squat record, Sullivan could theoretically hang up his belt and wrist wraps and call it a successful 2023. However, something says this powerful monster isn’t done adding new power “trophies” to its mantel this year.
Featured image: @joesullivan_aod on Instagram