Powerlifter Jesus Olivares (+120KG) Squats 455 Kilograms (1,003.1 Pounds) Raw in Training

Olivares exceeded his competition-best squat by five kilograms in the gym.

Over 120-kilogram powerlifter and two-time IPF World Superheavyweight Champion Jesus Olivares has become the latest strength athlete to join the 1,000-pound squat club on social media. On Sept. 13, 2022, Olivares posted a video of himself squatting 455 kilograms (1,003.1 pounds) raw on Instagram.

Olivares unracked the barbell from the rack, walked it out, and set himself up in a wide stance. There appeared to be five spotters ready to assist if needed. He lowered himself down into the hole at a controlled pace before rising back up to a standing position pretty quickly, considering he had a grand on his shoulders. After a brief pause, where he may have contemplated going for a second rep, Olivares shook his head and returned the bar to the squat rack.

Olivares wore knee sleeves and a lifting belt, wrist wraps, and elbow sleeves. The video can be seen below:


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Olivares referred to the squat as a 1.5-kilogram personal record. The lift is five kilograms heavier than his 450-kilogram (992.1-pound) competition best squat that he successfully hit on April 1, 2022, at the 2022 Powerlifting America (AMP) Classic Open Nationals. According to Open Powerlifting, Olivares has yet to attempt a squat 1,000-pound in competition at the time of this article’s publication. His best raw competition lifts at this point are as follows.

Jesus Olivares | +120KG | Competition Best Lifts

  • Squat — 450 kilograms (992 pounds) at the 2022 AMP Classic Open Nationals 
  • Bench Press — 260 kilograms (573.2 pounds) at the 2022 IPF World Classic Championships
  • Deadlift — 402.5 kilograms (887.3 pounds) at the 2022 AMP Classic Open Nationals 

Olivares is 23 years old, but this isn’t the first time his squat efforts garnered major attention. He broke the 900 pound barrier on Sept. 8, 2020 at the age of 22. In May 2020, at age 21, he took 387.7 kilograms (855 pounds) for a ride. He isn’t a one-lift athlete, either. Olivares pulled 388.5 kilograms (857 pounds) when he was 21 as well. 

Olivares has a lot of potential to set many records and rack up more titles over the next decade, assuming he stays healthy. He is working with coach Joseph Ferratti, and there is no official word on when Olivares’ next competition will be as of this writing.

Featured image: @mega.gojira on Instagram