Anthony Hobaica’s 4x Bodyweight Squat Could Define “Grind”

As one commenter put it on Reddit, “You know it’s a grind when you finish the lift with more spotters than when you started.”

Anthony Hobaica is an 82.5kg/181lb powerlifter based in Utica with a goal of being the first powerlifter in his weight class to total 2,000 pounds (907 kilograms) raw with wraps. That’s a pretty weighty goal — according to Powerlifting Watch, the current world record belongs to Maliek Derstine, who totaled 1,951lb (885kg) with knee wraps as an International Powerlifting League meet.

But his latest squat has us thinking that there’s a chance he may pull off his goal. Take a look at this insane squat of 733 pounds (332.5 kilograms), which is just over four times his bodyweight. This was his second attempt at the lift, which was performed with knee wraps — and he really buried it.

[How do the most elite powerlifters warm up for squats? We asked seven of them — learn their answers here.]

Hobaica posted the clip with the following caption,

Had a great time this weekend at the SPF meet in Tampa. Beyond grateful every time I get to take the platform… this was the 3rd meet I was successful Hitting a 4x my body weight squat! This was my second attempt, 733!

This squat was part of a Southern Powerlifting Federation meet that took place over the weekend, during which he also made a 474-pound bench and a 650-pound deadlift for a total of 1,857 pounds. (He missed his attempt at a 744-pound squat).

But his lifetime PR squat took place two weeks ago when he pulled off this 755-pound (343.5kg) lift with wraps, with none other than Dallas Norris spotting.

With a lifetime bench PR of 515 pounds — also made this month — Hobaica is having his strongest year yet. We’re definitely looking forward to the numbers he puts up at his next official meet.

Featured image via @hollywood_hobz on Instagram.

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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