Ian Wilson’s 285kg Squat PR Spells Big Things

Ian Wilson is a phenomenal weightlifter, and after taking some time off to recover from shoulder and knee surgeries, he has returned to PR city.

Today we wanted to highlight his latest personal record, a very tough looking back squat of 285 kilograms (628.3 pounds).

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285kg/628lb squat pr @roguefitness @caffeineandkilos

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He’s not the most frequent poster on Instagram, but this lift brought to mind another PR squat from this spring, this time a 3-rep max of 255kg (562 pounds).

Wilson still holds the Junior American records for the -105kg class in the snatch (173kg), clean & jerk (205kg), and total (375kg).

While we haven’t seen him snatch that heavy in some time, the now 22-year-old has been consistently beating his junior clean & jerk record.

Take a look at his lifts from the 2017 American Open Series 3 from this past weekend, when he made a 167kg snatch and a 209kg clean & jerk.

Two days later, he posted himself cleaning 200 kilograms and jerking it twice. His shoulder stability certainly seems to be on point.

As anyone knows, a great clean & jerk needs a great front squat, and we’ve been seeing some fantastic examples of the lift from Wilson. This 235kg front squat from April is the last 1RM he’s posted, and it’s a beauty.

The -110kg weight class is pretty crowded for a senior American lifter, as he is now in the same league as American snatch record holder Wes Kitts (175kg) and PWA clean & jerk record holder D’Angelo Osorio (215kg).

We caught up with Wilson for a quick interview.

BarBend: You’ve dealt with a few injuries and surgeries over the past few years. Have they changed your technique?

Yeah, I had surgery on my right knee and right shoulder and I’ve been favoring them for a long time, as in taking weight off them. I’d like to even it up.

BarBend: What about your approach to training as far as volume and intensity? Has that changed?

Pretty similar, but I added a few push presses on off days to strengthen my shoulders.
But same training for the most part: 90%+ lifts multiple days per week.

BarBend: Do you still prefer Bulgarian style training?

Not as much as Abadjiev gave people, but closer to that than most programs I see where people are taking multiple weeks at 70 percent.

BarBend: What’s the next meet you’re training for?

Caffeine & Kilos in a few weeks and then Worlds.

BarBend: Great! Looking forward to seeing you compete. 

Featured image via @iwilson1984 on Instagram.