Daniel Bell is one of the strongest powerlifters in the sport. Competing in the super heavyweight weight class (140+ kilograms), Bell routinely squats over 453.6 kilograms (1,000 pounds) in competition. Recently, he shared a video on his Instagram page of him performing a 480-kilogram (1,058.2-pound) squat in wraps. That is quite the significant lift because it is just two-and-a-half kilograms below his competition best squat with wraps of 482.5 kilograms (1,063.7 pounds) hit at the World Raw Powerlifting Federation (WRPF) American Barbell Club Open on Nov. 23, 2019.
Check out Bell’s 480-kilogram (1,058.2-pound) training lift below:
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Bell’s World Record Total Pursuit
It is not unusual to see Bell lifting heavy in training. He has deadlifted 360.6-kilogram (795-pound) triples and pulled 370 kilograms (817 pounds) for a set of four before. What makes this lift particularly interesting is the implication that it has on the world record wrapped total, which was recently claimed by Petr Petras of Czechia with a 1,160-kilogram (2,557-pound) total at the Global Powerlifting Committee (GPC) World Championships on Dec. 5, 2020.
Bell previously set the all-time wrapped total world record at the same event he hit his competition best squat — the 2019 WRPF American Barbell Club Open. Here were his stats from that event:
- Squat — 482.5 kilograms (1,063.7 pounds)
- Bench Press — 260 kilograms (573.2 pounds)
- Deadlift — 400 kilograms (881.8 pounds)
- Total — 1,142.5 kilograms (2,518.7 pounds)
Three months after that achievement, Bell went on to set the all-time raw total world record at the 2020 American Powerlifting Federation (APF) Sarasota Showdown with the following stats:
- Squat — 455 kilograms (1,003 pounds)
- Bench Press — 262.5 kilograms (578 pounds)
- Deadlift — 410 kilograms (903 pounds)
- Total — 1127.5 kilograms (2,485 pounds)
Currently, Petras’ record stands 17.5 kilograms (39 pounds) more than Bell’s competition best. Bell has stated on his Instagram that he is preparing to compete at the WRPF Hybrid Showdown on Feb. 21, 2021. Will he attempt to reclaim the world record? We are excited to find out.
Feature image from Daniel Bell’s Instagram page: @dbell_74