Powerlifter Chakera Holcomb Squats 262kg (578 lbs) for a Triple

We’re now less than four weeks out from the Kern US Open, which is set to take place on May 12-13th in San Diego, California. This event brings out some of powerlifter’s best athletes, as it’s invite only and boasts a massive $250,000 USD in prize money.

Of these elite athletes sits Chakera Holcomb, who’s competing in the women’s 181 lb (82kg) weight class. She’s been dialing in her training and has been putting up some insane numbers in training. In fact, her latest squat video is possibly one of her best sets to date and features an extremely heavy 262kg (578 lb) triple.

In Holcomb’s Instagram video’s descritption below she writes, “Last squat session in the books! 578X3 at 182lbs!! I’m so grateful to have an amazing team/family taking care of me, thank you! Coach @djclassic79 and I are pleased with today’s squat session.”

For those who don’t know, Holcomb is a dominant force in both the 181 lb and 198 lb women’s weight classes. Currently, she holds five all-time world records, which can be seen below.

181 lb All-Time World Records

  • 264kg (585 lb) Deadlift
  • 647kg (1,427 lb) Total (No Wraps)

198 lb All-Time World Records

  • 237kg (524 lb) Squat (No Wraps)
  • 272kg (601 lb) Deadlift
  • 670kg (1,479 lb) Total (No Wraps)

Her latest all-time world records above were set in the 198 lb weight class at the 2018 LA Fit Expo that took place in January of this year. At this performance, Holcomb dominated and ended up breaking the three records listed above. If you want to read more on her performance and meet recap we wrote about it, here.

If you look through Holcomb’s latest training videos, then you’ll see her numbers aren’t too incredibly far off from many of the current 181 lb all-time world records (the ones she doesn’t already have).

With a lot of prize money on the line and her training going smoothly, we’re pumped to see what Holcomb puts up come meet day.

Feature image from @c.c_holcomb 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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