Amit Sapir Is the First Man to Hold the Squat Record in 4 Weight Classes Simultaneously

The Israeli bodybuilder and powerlifter Amit Sapir just squatted 762.5 pounds (345.9 kilograms) weighing 181 pounds (82 kilograms), an official UPA world record. He pulled off the lift raw and with knee wraps at this weekend’s UPA meet, “Iron Battle on the Mississippi,” which took place in Dubuque, Iowa.

This is a barbell squat of over 4.2 times his bodyweight.

Anyway, his squat from the weekend is pretty significant. It was a world record, sure. That’s pretty good. But Sapir, who is already the most successful Israeli bodybuilder in the IFBB, had a loftier goal: to hold a squat record in four separate weight classes.

And the man has succeeded.

Over on Powerlifting Watch, Sapir is now listed as the world record holder for the squat with wraps in the 181lb weight class, but he holds the world record in three other classes without wraps.

He thanked his sponsors at Biotest and wrote,

Seeing my name on this list in four categories at once has been a goal for so long for me and this accomplishment is probably the thing I’m the most proud of in my athletic career!

Remembering the Squats

In April 2016, he set an APA world record in the 198-pound weight class with an 804-pound (364.7lb) squat.

About six months earlier, he set a UPA world record in the next weight class of 220 pounds with an 821-pound (372.4kg) squat. He actually broke the world record three times at this meet: 788 pounds, 804 pounds, and 821 pounds.

And in July 2016, just three months after hitting the APA world record, Sapir gained over thirty pounds and hit a UPA world record of 828 pounds (375.6lb) in the 242-pound weight class.

In a chat with BarBend, Sapir said,

I can PROMISE that once I’m fully healed (from a shoulder injury), you guys will see way higher numbers in wraps . I’m just learning them now and it was my first real meet in them. A bit more time and I’ll get a few more records in this list 🙂

We’ll keep an eye out, but even if Sapir never breaks another record, this is still one of the all-time greatest powerlifting accomplishments.

Featured image via Powerlifting Watch on YouTube.

Nick English

Nick English

Nick is a content producer and journalist with over seven years’ experience reporting on four continents. His first articles about health were on a cholera outbreak in rural Kenya while he was reporting for a French humanitarian organization. His next writing job was covering the nightlife scene in Shanghai. He’s written on a lot of things.

After Shanghai, he went on to produce a radio documentary about bodybuilding in Australia before finishing his Master’s degrees in Journalism and International Relations and heading to New York City. Here, he’s been writing on health full time for more than five years for outlets like BarBend, Men's Health, VICE, and Popular Science.

No fan of writing in the third person, Nick’s passion for health stems from an interest in self improvement: How do we reach our potential?

Questions like these took him through a lot of different areas of health and fitness like gymnastics, vegetarianism, kettlebell training, fasting, CrossFit, Paleo, and so on, until he realized (or decided) that strength training fit best with the ideas of continuous, measurable self improvement.

At BarBend his writing focuses a little more on nutrition and long-form content with a heaping dose of strength training. His underlying belief is in the middle path: you don’t have to count every calorie and complete every workout in order to benefit from a healthy lifestyle and a stronger body. Plus, big traps are cool.

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