Watch JP Price’s Unreal 1,003 Pound Squat (With Bonus Walkout)

Very strong person JP Price has hit one of the heaviest squats of his career with a mighty 1,003-pound (455-kilogram) raw lift, which the superheavyweight made yesterday at a gym in Kansas City. The lift is made all the more impressive with this walkout — take a look.

Getting really comfortable with this 953lbs week after week. Last heavy squat in the books. Under 2.5 weeks out from the @kernusopen #kernusopen2018 after this I hit 1003lbs (second video), felt good and much more smooth than two weeks ago, but took a step at the top. That part is frustrating but productive nonetheless. As long as I’m peaked in two weeks and not today, no big deal, lol.

Price is training for the Kern US Open, and that meet is going to be stacked. Gerald Dionio has been pulling 635-pound deadlift doubles at 148lb, Chris Bridgeford has been squatting 881 pounds for the 242lb class, and Larry Wheels pulled 900 pounds for the 275lb class.

The event will be held over the May 12 weekend in San Diego and and will see over two thousand athletes competing in powerlifting, wrestling, jiu jitsu, and other sports. As a superheavyweight, Price will be up against the likes of Brandon Allen, who PRd his squat with 925 pounds this month, and Andrey Malanichev, who has squatted 1,069 pounds for what was in 2016 a world record.

During Price’s prep, we saw him hitting a 925-pound double in the Animal Cage at this year’s Arnold Classic.

But this week wasn’t the first time we’ve seen him squat 1,003 pounds. He did it during the 2016 US Open, and we have this terrible quality video to prove it.

If you’ve ever wondered what a 1,000-pound squat feels like, Price wrote this in the comments section of his latest lift:

people often ask what it feels like at 1k and the answer I give is that you literally can’t breathe.

ou open your mouth and nothing really happens you just try to be sure and keep routine. This is the first time it’s ever felt comfortable like this and I could breathe.

Meanwhile, he’s been benching 622 pounds and deadlifting 771 pounds.

Fingers crossed he hits a new PR in May.

Featured image via @jplifts_sbc on Instagram.


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