April Mathis Squats 320kg (705lbs) RAW to Set New World Record

The word “legendary” could be one way to describe April Mathis and her powerlifting career. She’s been a dominant force in the powerlifting world, has set multiple records, and continues to do so with no sign of slowing down.

This past weekend on Arpil Fools at the APF Gulf Coast Championships, Mathis set a new world record squat and put up an absolutely insane 1,701 lb world record total. On Saturday most people were playing jokes and pranking each other, but Mathis wasn’t messing around. Her new feats of strength only add to the argument as to why she’s one of the strongest female lifters in the world.

The video shared below from the meet features Mathis’s epic 320kg (705lb) raw squat with knee wraps, which she made look easy. This makes Mathis the second woman to squat over 700lbs raw after Crystal Tate.

Mathis is the first woman to perform this feat of strength with calibrated plates, so she’ll now go down in history as the first woman to squat 700+lbs raw in formal competition.

She finished with a 1,701lb total on the day dominating the super heavyweight class. Her final lifts consisted of the 705lb squat, a 440lb bench, and 556lb deadlift.

Currently, Mathis holds multiple world records for the 198+lb weight class. Powerlifting Watch has her highest bench press world record at 457lbs, which she set in December 2016. She also holds the 198+lb 589 lb deadlift world record that she set in October 2014.

Her newly added squat and total world records only add to the impressive powerlifting career Mathis has had thus far. She currently holds records in every lift for the 198+lb class, and continues to get stronger.

Powerlifting Watch mentioned that her highest aggregate of combined lifts is currently 1,750lbs. At her current rate, she’s on course to possibly become the first woman to break the 1,800lb total mark.

What do you think? Have these new strength feats earned Mathis the title of strongest woman in powerlifting?

Feature image screenshot from Amathis01 YouTube channel. 


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Jake holds a Master's in Sports Science and a Bachelor's in Exercise Science. Currently, Jake serves as one of the full time writers and editors at BarBend. He's a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and has spoken at state conferences on the topics of writing in the fitness industry and building a brand. As of right now, Jake has published over 1,100 articles related to strength athletes and sports. Articles about powerlifting concepts, advanced strength & conditioning methods, and topics that sit atop a strong science foundation are Jake's bread-and-butter. On top of his personal writing, Jake edits and plans content for 15 writers and strength coaches who come from every strength sport.Prior to BarBend, Jake worked for two years as a strength and conditioning coach for hockey and lacrosse players, and was a writer at the Vitamin Shoppe's corporate office. Jake regularly competes in powerlifting in the 181 lb weight class, and considers himself a weightlifting shoe sneaker head. On the side of writing full time, Jake works as a part-time strength coach and works with clients through his personal business Concrete Athletics in Hoboken and New York City.