If there is any athlete on the planet capable of being the first person to ever bench press 363kg/800lb raw, it is Julius Maddox.
World’s Ultimate Strongman (WUS) announced on Thursday, April 23rd that Maddox’s long anticipated 363kg/800lb attempt would take place on June 27th as part of their “Feats of Strength” series — where strongmen and strongwomen attempt world records in their preferred discipline. Others world record attempts in the series include Hafthor Bjornsson’s 501kg/1,104lb deadlift, Luke Stoltman’s 229kg/505lb log lift, Tom Stoltman’s 273kg/602lb Atlas stone, and Rhianon Lovelace’s 140kg/309lb Atlas stone at lightweight.
Maddox’s 363kg/800lb bench press attempt will be broadcast live via coresports.world.
[Related: Check out Julius Maddox’s 10 tips for setting bench press records.]
Road to 800lb Bench Press
Maddox has been touting his “Road to 800lb Bench Press” since this past February when he called his shot in a phone conversation saying:
“The new all-time world record raw bench will be 800 pounds by the beginning of June.”
His prediction may prove to have only been off by about a month and half.
Maddox became the all-time bench press world record holder last September with a 335kg/740lb lift. He has since broke his own all-time world record bench press twice and unofficially broke it on two different occasions.
First, he broke the world record in November at the World Raw Powerlifting Federation (WRPF) Rob Hall Classic with a 337kg/744lb lift. Then he hit a then personal best 342kg/755lb lift in the gym. In February, he bested his previous PR with a 347kg/765lb push.
Most recently, he officially set the current world record bench press at the Xtreme Powerlifting Coalition (XPC) Slingshot Showdown at the Arnold Sports Festival last month with an earth shaking 350kg/770lb lift.
If you somehow missed that milestone, you can see it below via Maddox’s Instagram page:
[Related: Check out Julius Maddox’s favorite bench-boosting accessory lifts.]
The anticipation is high and the hype is real for Maddox to be the first person to ever venture into 363kg/800lb bench press territory and we are excited to see if he can actually pull (or push) it off.
When will Julius Maddox attempt an 800lb bench press?
Julius Maddox will attempt an all-time world record bench press of 363kg/800lb on June 27th.
The lift will be aired live via coresports.world as part of World’s Ultimate Strongman’s “Feats of Strength” series.
Who holds the current bench press world record?
The current all-time world record bench press is a 350kg/770lb lift by Julius Maddox.
He successfully attempted this weight at the Xtreme Powerlifting Coalition (XPC) Slingshot Showdown at the 2020 Arnold Sports Festival.
What is the difference between raw and equipped bench press?
A difference between a raw and equipped bench press is whether or not an athlete supportive equipment during the lift.
A raw lifter will forego the use of supportive equipment, such as a lifting suit, where an equipped lifter will not.
Feature image via World’s Ultimate Strongman’s Instagram page: @worldsultimatestrongman