If you felt the earth shaking Monday, remain calm, because there’s no need to be alarmed. It was just two of powerlifting’s best squatters coming together for an epic bro session, which to no one’s surprise, led to some seriously heavy squats. Blaine Sumner and Kelly Branton are best known for their epic squat strength, and when you put them together, you’re obviously going get some crazy lift footage.
How heavy? Check out the video below of their casual 915 lb raw squats, both of which looked pretty easy. It’s just another Monday for these two strength athletes.
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• 915 LB. Raw Squat! • Yesterday @great_white_north_juggernaut came to the Vanilla Gorilla's Jungle for some epic squatting. The music was rupturing ear drums. The energy was off the Richter scale. And the iron brotherhood was out of this world. We had some professional videographers out so some better sick footage will be out soon! 📷 @its_vuuutuan @powerliftingmotivation @king_of_the_lifts @usapowerlifting @theipf @liftunlimited
Sumner also announced on his Instagram page that they had enlisted professional videographers to put together videos of their Monday lift. Until then, we’ll be sitting here anxiously waiting for their release.
So why the epic squat day now? Besides being buddies, Branton was recently in Texas taking first at the IPF Bench Press World Championships. After his win, he drove up to Oklahoma to hang out with Sumner to bro out and have an epic lift in the “Vanilla Gorilla’s” Jungle.
To add to their epic squat day, Branton drank one of Sumner’s infamous “chicken shakes,” which if you didn’t know…is blended chicken breasts with spinach.
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And of course @great_white_north_juggernaut couldn't go home without crushing the post workout chicken shake! I probably got 10 times more questions during the lead up of Kelly coming to see me about if he was going to drink a chicken shake and not about squats, well here is your answer!
Powerlifting is a competitive sport, but at the end of the day athletes are always pulling for each other and creating bonds together (also known as the iron brotherhood). This fact is clearly evident with these two lifters elite athletes.
Sumner wrote in one of his posts, “I don’t know how long we will be able to weigh near 400 lbs. and squat 1,000 lbs. but it gives us memories that will last a lifetime and worth every minute. The energy and sacrifice we both put into our training feeds off each other and we both had the best raw squat workouts of our life.”
I don’t know about you, but that quote makes me happy and sad all at the same time. These athletes are an active part of powerlifting history we’ve come to learn and love, but like all things, one day their careers will take a different direction.
Yet, until that day comes, we’ll keep watching and cheering them as they break records and make history.
Feature image from @vanillagorilla92 Instagram page.