Eric Lilliebridge Squats 925lb x 2, Hopes to Break His Own World Record

Elite powerlifter Eric Lilliebridge is currently training hard in preparation for the XPC Powerlifting Finals, a meet that will be held on December 16th in Granite City, Illinois. His latest feat: an extraordinary, blink-and-you’ll-miss-it set of two squats at 925 pounds, or 419.6 kilograms at a bodyweight of 305 pounds (138.5 kilograms).

The set was made raw with knee wraps. Take a look at the footage below — this speed is something you rarely see at such heavy weights.

The strength on display here is all the more impressive when you consider that Lilliebridge needed injections of platelet rich plasma (PRP) in his shoulder and hip three weeks ago. He says this was necessary because he:

Felt something pop deep inside my left A/C joint when I deadlifted 915lbs about a month out from my last competition, which was diagnosed as a grade one ligament tear.

I injured it again in the exact same spot on my first attempt squat at the competition but it was a couple small pops instead of one big one like the first time, indicating that it was probably just scar tissue that tore from the spot that was healing. But re injuring it made it feel worse than the first time.

The hip issue may be related to the fact that he tore his glute when he attempted a squat of 480 kilograms (1,058 pounds) mid-October.

[Eric Lilliebridge currently has the highest Wilks score of all time among raw powerlifters — check out the rest of our rankings here!]

If he’d made that squat, he would have beaten his all-time world record raw squat with knee wraps: 477.5 kilograms (1,052 pounds).

The heaviest we’ve seen him squat lately was a 475kg (1047lb) lift in September:

But Lilliebridge says he’s still planning on breaking that 477.5kg record at the XPC Finals in March. We can’t wait.

Featured image via @ericlilliebridge on Instagram.


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