Powerlifter Andrew Hause possesses world-class strength. The 23-year-old took to his Instagram on May 24, 2021, to share a video wherein he squats a titanic 456.3 kilograms (1,006 pounds) raw with wraps, with jaw-dropping speed barefoot at a bodyweight of 132.5 kilograms (292.1 pounds). Breaking the 453.6-kilogram (1,000-pound) milestone is an incredible feat of strength on its own, but this lift was heavy enough that had he performed it in competition it would have been the third heaviest squat ever in the 140-kilogram weight class. For reference here are three current heaviest squats, according to Open Powerlifting:
Heaviest Squats — 140-Kilogram Class
- James Searcy — 480 kilograms (1,058.2 pounds), 2018 RPS Live Large Big Spring Showdown
- Eric Lilliebridge — 477.5 kilograms (1,052.7 pounds), 2016 UPA Iron Battle on the Mississippi
- Andrey Malanichev — 450 kilograms (992.1 pounds), 2010 BB Worldlifting
Check out Hause’s 1,000-pound lift that seemed like a routine speed rep for him below:
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EASY. Straight bar made this lift a hell of a lot easier for me.
Hause has not competed in a sanctioned powerlifting meet since 2018, per Open Powerlifting. His record across the five competitions he has appeared in is flawless. Five events, five golds, and the following competition best lifts:
- Squat — 407.5 kilograms (898.3 pounds)
- Bench Press — 225 kilograms (496 pounds)
- Deadlift — 377.5 kilograms (832.2 pounds)
- Total — 1,002.5 pounds (2,210.1 pounds)
Hause is no stranger to hitting some insanely heavy squats. When he was just 20 years old, he was squatting 388-kilogram (855.4-pound) triples. Although not a direct comparison because his competition best squat was in the 125-kilogram weight class, his recent squat was 48.8 kilograms (107.6 pounds) heavier. That means in the two-and-a-half years since he scored his competition best squat, he has tacked on an average of 19.5 kilograms (43 pounds) per year.
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World Record Total
Hause’s next competition will be the Raw Powerlifting Syndicate (RPS) Showcase Classic in Port Charlotte, FL on June 26-27, 2021. Hause told BarBend that he has the target of hitting a total world record in the 140-kilogram class. He is likely to call the following amounts on the barbell for each lift:
Hause’s target weight to squat at the Showcase Classic is 467.2 kilograms (1,030 pounds). However, he is prepared to potentially call for 480.8 kilograms (1,060 pounds) — which would be a new all-time world record if successful.
Depending on his upcoming bench press training sessions go, expect Hause to call for “anything from 555 pounds to 570 pounds.” That’s 251 to 258 kilograms.
The expected range for Hause in the deadlift is 392.4 kilograms (865 pounds) to 399.6 kilograms (881 pounds).
The current world record total in the 140-kilogram class is 1,115 kilograms (2,458.1 pounds) by Eric Lilliebridge from the 2016 UPA Iron Battle on the Mississippi. If Hause is able to hit even the low-end of his estimated target weights, he would become the new all-time world record holder:
- Squat — 467.2 kilograms (1,030 pounds)
- Bench Press — 256.3 kilograms (565 pounds)
- Deadlift — 392.4 kilograms (865 pounds)
- Total — 1,115.8 kilograms (2,460 pounds) — would be an all-time world record
Hause plans to shoot for historic lifts but remains aware of the shoulders of giants he would potentially stand on to get there:
“I don’t want to talk too big of a game and not follow through,” Hause says. “Anything can go wrong, but I do believe that there is a possibility of me doing it this time or next time. Big respect to Lilliebridge for pushing the sport so far. I’ve looked up to him for years.”
We’ll have to wait and see if Hause can enter his name into the records books in just over a month’s time. Judging from his recent training session, he has the potential to make a Lillibridge-sized impact on the sport.
Featured image: @daspowerhause on Instagram