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.
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