Powerlifter Dennis Cornelius Makes a Massive 925lb Squat As Kern US Open Approaches

Dennis Cornelius just keeps getting stronger. The Tulsa based -120kg powerlifter routinely makes it to BarBend’s powerlifting section because the man just won’t stop adding weight to his squat. His latest feat? This earth-shaking 925-pound lift, which he said scored just 8.5 on his rate of perceived effort.

925 x 1 squat rpe 8.5 with a light wrap. Had to re-rack and add a 45 to the other side because I forgot to add it after I put my wraps on.

Now he didn’t say this was a PR but we’re pretty darn sure it was. The last time we wrote about him in January, he had just made his heaviest squat to date with 909.4 pounds (412.5 kilograms). This was just three months ago and it looks a lot tougher than the 925-pounder he made this week. Take a look.

Since then we’ve seen a few singles from him at 835 pounds and 790 pounds, but nothing approaching this 925-pound monster lift. Cornelius currently holds the IPF world record in the -120kg class for the raw squat (386kg, made in June 2017) and the total (978.5kg, made a year earlier).

He’s currently preparing for the Kern US Open, where he’s registered as a -308lb (139.7kg) athlete. The guy’s been putting on weight. That means he’s technically slated to compete against powerlifting celebrities like Robb “Quads Like Robb” Philippus and Instagram superstar Larry “Wheels” Williams.

A squat off between Cornelius and Williams would be pretty interesting, though it’s worth emphasizing that a week ago Williams said he was weighing just 268 pounds, three weeks out from competition. That weight may put him at a disadvantage, and his latest squat PR was “just” 848 pounds.

Look, we don’t know what class Williams is going to compete in but the point of this article is that Dennis Cornelius is mad strong. Not long after posting the 925-pound lift, he put up a set of three 675-pound pause squats

And said that his next goal in the short term is to work up to somewhere between 940 and 960 pounds. We don’t think we’ll have to wait too long.

Featured image via @denniscornelius5000 on Instagram.


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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 different kinds of things, but his passion for health ultimately led him to cover it full time.Shanghai was where he managed to publish his first health related article (it was on managing diarrhea), he then went on to produce a radio documentary about bodybuilding in Australia before he finished his Master’s degrees in Journalism and International Relations and headed to New York City. Here, he’s been writing on health full time for more than five years for outlets like Men's Health, VICE, and Popular Science.Nick’s interest in health kind of comes from an existential angle: how are we meant to live? How do we reach our potential? Does the body influence the mind? (Believe it or not, his politics Master’s focused on religion.)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.