John Haack Hits a Massive 895kg (1,973 lb) Total In Training

About two weeks ago, we wrote an article about powerlifter John Haack’s 227.5kg (501 lb) bench PR. To conclude the article, we wrote that we were excited to see what strength feats Haack would end up hitting as the year progresses. Well, not even two weeks later, and we’re already seeing Haack put up his highest total to date (in training).

Haack’s next meet will be at the Kern US Open, which takes place on May 12-13th in San Diego, California. In his latest Instagram post Haack writes, “Meet prep for the @kernusopen starts next week, decided to test out today. Hit a 322.5kgs/710lb squat in sleeves, 225kgs/496lb bench and 347.5kgs/766lb deadlift for an 895kgs/1973lb total. Body weight at 88kgs/194lbs.”

Check out the video below to see Haack’s three lifts from the description above.

Last year, Haack competed in the 82.5kg weight class at the CETC US Open. He finished in second place behind Ben Pollack with a 856kg (1,884 lb) total, along with a 573.62 Wilks score. This massive total earned him second place in the Light Weight Men Best Lifters category where he walked away with $10,000 USD. The best lifter scores were determined by highest Wilks scores, and Haack finished a mere .4 points behind first.

Keep in mind, Haack is sitting at a slightly heavier weight than his normal competition weight, as he’s not in full prep just yet, but if we calculated his Wilks score off his latest total, then we end up with 578.04 Wilks. This would have been enough to push him into first and earn the top prize of $40,000 USD.

This year’s Kern US Open currently has 12 athletes in Haack’s division, and over $250,000 USD of prize money on the line (spread across multiple sports). With this strong new PR total and recent bench press PR, it’s going to interesting to see what Haack’s able to pull together come meet day.

Feature image screenshot from @bilbo_swaggins181 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.