18 Year Old Harrison Maurus Front Squats a Huge 240kg (529 lbs)

When it comes to crazy squat strength, -85kg weightlifting athlete Harrison Maurus continues to blow our minds. It seems like every time we check Maurus’ Instagram page he’s posting about a new incredible strength feat in one of his videos.

And now, let’s also take a moment to consider the fact that Maurus was squatting 100kg at the age 11, 150kg when he was 12, and 200kg at 13. When you take all of this into account, mix in the consistency and effort Maurus puts into the gym with the coaching of Kevin Simons, and we’re due to witness some incredible squats as he continues to fill out his frame and grow.

In his latest video, 18 year old Haurus hits his best front squat to date, which comes in at a massive 240kg (529 lbs), and for what it’s worth — it was pretty dang smooth for a PR. Check out the video below.

This isn’t the first time we’ve written on Maurus front squatting big weight. Let’s circle back to late January to the time Maurus casually front squatted 200kg (440 lb) for an easy nine reps.

And while we’re on the topic of big squats, in late April, we wrote on Maurus hitting a huge back squat PR. In Maurus’ back squat video below, he hits a strong 275kg (605 lb) PR. This isn’t too incredibly far off of his 2018 300kg (660 lb) back squat goalthat  he jokingly made in an interview with Barbell Shrugged after the 2017 IWF World Championships.

Maurus has been relatively quiet on social media since the 2018 Senior Pan Am Weightlifting Championships back in Mid-May. The Pan Ams were a big deal for Maurus because they were his first international competition at -85kg. At this competition, Maurus hit a 156kg snatch, a 199kg clean & jerk (Pan Am Junior Record), and totaled 355kg.

As the year progresses, we’re pumped to see if Maurus can accomplish his 300kg (660 lb) back squat, along with the numbers he hits as he fills out an -85kg frame.

Feature image from @harrison_maurus Instagram page. 


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Jake holds a Master's in Sports Science and a Bachelor's in Exercise Science. Currently, Jake serves as one of the full time writers and editors at BarBend. He's a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and has spoken at state conferences on the topics of writing in the fitness industry and building a brand. As of right now, Jake has published over 1,100 articles related to strength athletes and sports. Articles about powerlifting concepts, advanced strength & conditioning methods, and topics that sit atop a strong science foundation are Jake's bread-and-butter. On top of his personal writing, Jake edits and plans content for 15 writers and strength coaches who come from every strength sport.Prior to BarBend, Jake worked for two years as a strength and conditioning coach for hockey and lacrosse players, and was a writer at the Vitamin Shoppe's corporate office. Jake regularly competes in powerlifting in the 181 lb weight class, and considers himself a weightlifting shoe sneaker head. On the side of writing full time, Jake works as a part-time strength coach and works with clients through his personal business Concrete Athletics in Hoboken and New York City.