Watch CJ Cummings Front Squat 200kg for 5 Reps!

We’ve known for a long time that CJ Cummings has some seriously strong legs. Between his world record clean & jerk and 222kg front squat double, it’s clear he has some of the strongest legs in the world for a 69kg lifter.

But a recent set of 5 front squats may be his most impressive display of leg strength yet — largely because we know how rough front squats can get for anything over a couple reps.

[Check out our interview with CJ Cummings, and learn why he ONLY front squats — no back squats for this weightlifter.]

Check out Cummings’ set of 5 front squats at 200kg below.

And for anyone who wants to criticize his depth on these: let’s put some perspective on this, folks. He’s not a lifter who’s known for catching his cleans in a rock-bottom position, and to us, these squats pretty accurately replicate his catch. He’s training to break records, not win a depth contest.

We’re curious to see where the next year takes the reigning Youth and Junior World Champion. Will he move up to the 77kg weight class or stick around to dominate the 69’s for another year? He’s still just 17 years old, and with a few more years of Junior eligibility, only time will tell.

Featured image: @cj__cummings on Instagram

David Tao

David Tao

BarBend's Co-Founder and Editorial Director, David is a veteran of the health & fitness industry, with nearly a decade of experience building and running editorial teams in the space. He also serves as a color commentator for both National and International weightlifting competitions, many through USA Weightlifting.

David graduated from Harvard University and served for several years as Editorial Director/Chief Content Officer of In addition to his work in the health & fitness industry, David has been a writer for Fortune and, as well as a contributor to, Slate, and numerous other outlets across the web and in print. He's especially passionate about the intersection of strength sports and quality, professional media coverage — overlapping interests shared by the BarBend editorial team and which drive their content strategy each and every day.

David is a proud Kentucky native. In his free time, David is a voiceover actor and can be heard in animated films, independent shorts, music videos, commercials, and podcasts.

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