Over the weekend, powerlifter James Strickland competed in The IPA No Excuses Texas State Open, which was hosted in Kindwood, Texas. He weighed in at a light 293 lbs and had the goal of making a run at the 308 lb weight class all-time raw bench press world record.
After opening with a strong and fast 628 lb (285kg) first attempt, he called for 672 lbs (305kg) on his second. He crushed this lift, then called for 702 lbs (319kg) on the bar, which would have awarded him the 308 lb all-time bench press world record and would top the current 701 lb (318kg) held by Scot Mendelson from 2002.
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672!! Competition PR for @swimhack !! Legit attempt at ATWR made!! Very proud of this man!!! #individualoverinstitution #Jailhousestrong #GASSTATIONREADY #tijuanabarbellclub #joshstrength #joshstrengthmethod @marksmellybell @howmuch_yabench @kingofthelifts @powerliftingmotivation
Strickland’s coach John Bryant of Jailhouse Strong wrote in his video’s description above, “672!! Competition PR for @swimhack !! Legit attempt at ATWR made!! Very proud of this man!!!”
In addition to his coach praising this insane feat of strength, Mark Bell’s Sling Shot Instagram wrote in their video description, “672 POUNDS! Someone write that man a speeding ticket. Competed at 308 weighing in at 293 lbs and took a crack at 702 lbs, which would be an ALL TIME WORLD RECORD, for a miss. This is just the beginning for @swimhack. He’s got that ATWR running on fumes and that is gonna be a light snacc when he’s done!”
Strickland is no stranger to world record attempts and strong competition benches. In fact, he also took a run at the 275 lb all-time world record back in July 2017 at the Alabama APA Raw War III powerlifting meet.
At this meet, Strickland weighed in at a light 266 lbs, and hit a 661 lb (300kg) bench on his third attempt before taking a run at the all-time world record with a granted 677 lb (307kg) fourth world record attempt.
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RECAP from this past weekend's @bamaapa RAW WAR III on the campus of The University of Alabama. Weighed in at 266.8, (lightest I've ever been in my short 2.5 years as a competitive powerlifter). Opener – 611.8 2nd – 639.9 (for a lifetime, and weight class PR) 3rd – 661.4 (#4 ALL time) 2.48X BW Lesson learned, I need to open at 628, and go from there. I just didn't have enough gas left in the tank for another attempt after my 3rd. 628, 666, 680+ within a few weeks. The best is yet to come, I feel my lifting has just now hit a stride, my goals short term is to tackle the ALL Time WR in 275 (675), then 308 (701). I would then like to take a stab at some Full Meets in 2018. Thank you to all my fans, supporters and most of all my family and sponsors!! ————————————– Be sure to check out my newest Bench Press T-shirts at BenchOnly.com !!!!!! ————————————— Please be sure to subscribe to me at http://www.youtube.com/swimhack ————————————— Coached by: @jailhousestrong ————————————— Powerlifting gear, belt, wraps: @andersonpowerlifting **When ordering on AndersonPowerlifting.com put this referral code in the order comments box: 2017034 ————————————— 2016 Gym of the Year and Best powerlifting gym in The Woodlands, Tx: @woodlands_strength 👍 ————————————— Powered by @houston_meal_prep 🍕🍅 ————————————— #teamhandarmor @handarmorchalk Chalk it up Use code SWIMHACK10 to save when ordering from HandArmorChalk.com ————————————— #sniff_lift_dominate @skull_smash_ammonia Use code Strick-Bench-10 to save on all orders on Skull-Smash.com ————————————— #roadto700lbs #benchreaper #benchkiller #bigbacklikeswimhack #barbellriot #nevergiveup #neverquit #quitnot #fitness #strongman #strongfather #fitspo #workout #gym #gymlife #powerlift #strongman #jailhousestrong #wscpride #700deadlift #650rawbench #gasstationready #650squat #joshstrength #fitfam #powerliftingmotivation #beastmode #strong @howmuch_yabench @benchbeasts @powerliftingmotivation @eddycoan
This lift above would have topped Jeremy Hoornstra’s 2014 all-time world record 675lb (306kg) bench press.
As many have pointed out in the powerlifting community, it’s just a matter of time until Strickland finds himself with one of the all-time world record benches, but which will it be?
Feature image screenshot from @jailhousestrong Instagram page.