Larry Wheels Shoulder Presses An Incredible 500 lbs

Across all strength sports, one athlete that continually blows the mind of his fans, the internet, his fans, and pretty much any living thing with a pulse is Larry Williams, better known by his nickname Larry Wheels. It seems like any time we open Instagram, or any site focused on lifting, Wheels is there being discussed for one of his latest videos.

His most recent clip has not only sparked discussion about the lift itself, but also speculation regarding how Wheels would perform in other strength sports. The man is known to most as an elite powerlifter, and currently holds two all-time world records. To others, he’s known as a bodybuilder after he won his first official show in California this past February. To his Instagram commenters he’s also known as someone who’s “not even human,” or “leaving humanity behind“, a running joke that’s routinely made any time he posts a lifting vid.

After his latest, we’re starting to wonder ourselves. Yesterday, Wheels shared a monster shoulder press video and it comes in the form of a 227kg/500 lb overhead press. On a side note, this is one of the strongest pound for pound presses we’ve seen in the last few months, and it looked like Wheels had a bit more in him.

Author’s Note: The video below highlights Wheels’ latest 500 lb should press. For those having trouble viewing the video on mobile — visit here

And if you want to see more of Wheels’ latest lifting videos, then you can check out this article we wrote two weeks that covered the epic shoulder training session he had with Stan Efferding and Hafthor Bjornsson.

Is shoulder training not your thing? More interested in a deadlift PR? We’ve got you covered. We highly recommend checking out out his 6-rep PR that he made with Bjornsson earlier this month with 346kg/765 lb.

We don’t know about you, but we’re more than pumped to see the next time Wheels competes, no matter the strength sport.

Feature image from @larrywheels 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.