Eddie Berglund Benches 192.5kg at 66kg for an Unofficial World Record

Here’s a lift that’s stirring up some pretty interesting discussion in powerlifting circles. Swedish powerlifter Eddie Berglund totaled 642.5 kilograms (1,416.5 pounds) at a meet this weekend, and more importantly the -66kg athlete made a bench press of 192.5 kilograms, or 424.4 pounds.

This wasn’t an IPF meet, but if it were it’d be an IPF world record lift — Berglund holds the current world record, a 188.5kg lift that he made at last year’s IPF World Classic Powerlifting Championships in Texas. But take a look at Berglund’s performance from this weekend. These are unofficial European records in the squat and total as well as an unofficial bench press world record.

First, that was one of the fastest drops into the hole we’ve seen in a squat, and second, that’s one of the shortest ranges of motion we’ve ever seen in a bench.

[Is arching in the bench press unsafe or “cheating”? Here’s our deep dive into the rules and the physiology.]

You can check out Berglund’s IPF world record bench from last year below. The range of motion appears to be a little bigger here — the guy must have been really working his mobility lately.

[Wondering who has the heaviest raw bench press of all time? Check out our infographic!]

Some folks are calling short range of motion benches like these “full T-rex mode” since it seems to favor lifters with shorter arms — which is why athletes who bench like this sometimes suffer in the deadlift.

Berglund’s lift brought to mind another lift from the Chinese powerlifter Shao Chu. She benched 400 pounds (181 kilograms) at an IPF meet in 2014, a lift that did indeed meet the requirements and earn her a world record. Even the commentators seem pretty surprised that this counted as a valid lift.

Curious about the IPF’s rules? According to the latest rulebook on their website, a valid bench press needs to needs to lower to the “chest or abdominal area”, the elbows need to be locked out, and the hands can’t be further than 81 centimeters apart.

In any case, we’re definitely looking forward to Berglund’s next attempt at an official IPF record.

Featured image via @strongeddie on Instagram.

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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