Jezza Uepa Squats 1,036 lbs Raw, 31 Pounds Over Ray Williams’ Record

Jezza Uepa, 36, a powerlifter from the tiny island of Nauru, is one seriously strong guy. In a recent video shared on his Instagram, he’s squatting 470kg (1,036 lbs) raw, and he makes it look pretty easy (not to mention with apparently good depth).

While it’s hard to tell from the shorts he’s wearing, it appears his knees are unwrapped as well. If that’s the case, it makes this squat all the more impressive.

In addition to the 470kg squat, he also posted a video hitting 460kg (1,012 lbs) with great speed and depth. 

This recent squat could be a HUGE deal in future competitions for Uepa. In June of this year, Uepa finished second behind Ray Williams in the 120kg+ class at the World Men’s Classic Championships. His highest squat recorded in the competition was 426.5kg and trailed Williams by 11.5kg.

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In October, at the USA Powerlifting Nationals, Ray Williams squatted 456kg (1,005 lbs) unwrapped, which made IPF/USAPL history. If Uepa could hit this squat unwrapped in competition, he would be able to claim that record.

While Uepa’s back squat is impressive, it’s worth nothing he can front squat, too. In May, we wrote a piece on the heaviest front squats and highlighted Derek Kendall hitting a 373kg (825 lb) cross-armed style front squat. Although, from the looks of it, Uepa has him beat.

In the video below, Uepa crushes a 400kg (880 lb) cross-armed front squat and in the description writes, “bebe w8.”

While his squat strength is impressive, let’s not forget about Uepa’s impressive upper body strength. He benches well over 500 lbs and recorded a 260kg (572 lb) bench at the World Men’s Classic Championships.’

The video below highlights Uepa hitting a 240kg (528 lbs) bench press with a 4-second pause for two reps. Let’s give credit to the 4-second pause, the explosive tempo, and the two reps with no spot.

All of these Instagram videos are only hours old, so it’s hard to tell when all of these numbers were truly hit. Possibly the best part is almost every description includes “bebe w8”; if that’s the case, that is one seriously strong baby.

From the looks of how Uepa’s training has been going, it doesn’t appear he’s slowing down his training anytime soon.

Feature image from @jezzauepa6745563710 Instagram page. 

Jake Boly

Jake Boly

Jake holds a Master's in Sports Science and a Bachelor's in Exercise Science. Currently, Jake serves as the Fitness and Training Editor 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 1,200 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 a personal trainer the three years before that, and most recently he was the content writer at The Vitamin Shoppe's corporate office.

Jake competes in powerlifting in the 181 lb weight class, and considers himself a professional knee rehabber after tearing his quad squatting in 2017. 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 New York City.

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