Larry “Wheels” Williams Crushes a 585 Bench Press for a Near Triple

In the last year, Larry “Wheels” Williams has made some crazy strength progress and has arguably become one of the better known powerlifters in the sport. After a minor setback in April when Williams fell at the CETC US Open under 793 lbs leaving him with a quad tear, he’s continued to make incredible upper body progress.

Check out his latest bench video where he hits 585 lbs for a solid two reps, and a near third.

Williams has been recently competing in the 242 lb weight class, and the current record for this class’s bench is held by Mike MacDonald with a 603 lb press. With Wheels’s recent near 600 lb triple, it might be safe to say that we may be seeing that record fall sometime in the near future.

In fact, Williams has a recorded bench that tops the current record by 17 lbs. At the end of May, Wheel benched 620 lbs for a PR at the opening of Bradley Martyn’s gym Zoo Culture. Mind you, he was spotted by the White Rhino Stan Efferding, so your strength is naturally higher from the Rhino’s presence alone.

This bench didn’t have a pause, so it wouldn’t hold in a meet, but the strength behind it suggests Williams can and will hopefully be making a run for the record soon.

One of the standout characteristics of Wheels’s lifting – and possibly what makes his videos so popular – is his ability to crush both maximal and endurance style lifts. Check out the video below where he presses 385 lbs for 20-reps. Talk about bench cardio.

After his quad injury in April, Williams has been coming back and rehabbing slowly. If you check out his Instagram, you can see more on his thoughts behind the injury, how he’s building back up, and ways he’s been addressing imbalances that led to it.

There’s still no word on when Williams will be formally competing again, but when he does we can expect to see big numbers.

Feature image screenshot from @larrywheels 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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