Dennis Cornelius’ 412.5kg Squat Is His Heaviest of All Time

We’ve seen a lot of incredible, earth-shaking squats from Dennis Cornelius, but this is the big kahuna — this is the heaviest squat the man has ever completed.

At the LA Fit Expo this weekend Cornelius, who currently weighs around 280 pounds (127 kilograms), made this extraordinary lift of 412.5 kilograms, or 909.4 pounds. The grind he makes to finish the lift is one of the most serious we’ve seen.

Cornelius currently holds the IPF world record in the squat for the -120kg weight class, which he set at the Raw Open World Championships last summer with 386 kilograms (851 pounds).

The lift he made in LA is more than fifty pounds heavier than his world record. The difference, of course, is that Cornelius weighs 127 kilograms now, which means that if he were to try and set an IPF world record he’d be up against superheavyweights — and the current SHW world record is Ray Williams’ 477.5-kilogram lift.

That said, there are some federations (like the UPA and the USPF) that have a 308-pound weight class, so we may see Cornelius make more appearances with them.

The 909.4-pound lift comes four months after he broke the 900-pound barrier. He made this low bar squat in training last September and given the grind on display, we think we can safely say it was a PR.

Cornelius is widely known for his squats, but he’s also very talented in the bench press. On Christmas day he posted this insanely smooth raw bench of 550 pounds:

He also made a 573-pound bench in December but to this day, the heaviest bench we’ve seen him make was this mighty lift of 580 pounds (263 kilograms) in 2016.

It’s tough to find records of exactly what Cornelius lifted this weekend in LA — there are unconfirmed reports of a 749-pound deadlift and a 589-pound bench — but we’re really looking forward to his next meet.

Featured image via @gottogetbig


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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