Larry “Wheels” Williams Is Temporarily Switching from Powerlifting to Bodybuilding

In Larry “Wheels” Williams’ latest YouTube video, he announces that he’ll be switching from powerlifting to bodybuilding for the next few months. He’s not permanently switching, but he wants take a few months off powerlifting to shift his focus towards adding more mass.

Throughout the short video he briefly discusses his future programming, goals, and when he’ll be competing next.

Williams’ main goal for switching is to add mass, so he can improve his strength and move up a weight class to 275. In the video, he discusses how he’s currently sitting at 275 lbs, but hopes to hit 290 lbs before cutting back down for his next competition.

Last week, we wrote an article on Williams’ 585 lb bench for a close three reps, and discussed that we weren’t entirely sure when his next meet was. Towards the end of his video, Williams says he’s aiming to compete in the SPF Record Breakers meet on November 11-12th in Dublin, California.

Williams also says he’s aiming to take down Stan Efferding’s 275 lb SPF Open total record, which stands at a ridiculous 2,308 lbs. In Efferding’s 2010 record claiming meet, he put a 865 lb squat, 606 lb bench, and a 837 lb deadlift. Now the question is, can Williams compete with those numbers?

In March, Williams hit 775 lbs for a squat double, and attempted 793 lbs at the CETC Open, but had a fluke mishap, which left him with a torn quad. Yes it was a temporary set back, but now Williams is building back up and improving his imbalances, while adding weight, so it’s hard to say where he’ll land when November rolls around.

Then in May, Williams hit a 620 lb bench PR, which would top Efferding’s 606 lb SPF lift.

If Williams is hitting that now, then it’s more than likely he’ll be doing so at a heavier weight in November.

In terms of deadlift, Williams is also very close to Efferding’s record. In early March, Williams pulled 826 lbs for a triple with a reverse mini bands.

This is only 11 lbs shy of Efferding’s record, and it was a triple.

Even though Williams is taking a brief leave from powerlifting style training, we can be sure his Instagram will still have a ton of content centered around his new bodybuilding focus.

It’s going to be exciting watching him progress to a heavier weight with additional size, and seeing how that influences his overall strength. Can Williams take down Efferding’s record come November? Time will tell.

Feature image from @larrywheel 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.