Powerlifter Nathan Tanis Squats 3.7x His Bodyweight for New World Record

Over the weekend, Australian powerlifter Nathan Tanis made his mark in the IPF history books. On a world competition level, the -83kg weight class is absolutely stacked and it seems like every time a large international meet happens, the squat world record gets pushed a little bit further. At his recent meet, Tanis broke the previous IPF squat world record not once, but twice.

On the day, Tenis ended up going 9/9, won gold in the -83kg weight class, and took home second best lifter behind powerlifting legend Jezza Uepa. For his squat attempts, Tanis opened with a strong 282.5kg/622 lbs, and then bumped up to 300kg/660 lbs for his second. This attempt was 1kg over the previous record, and Tanis hit it with no problem.

For his third attempt, Tanis called for 305kg/674 lbs on the bar, which pushed the previously broken world record 5kg further. In Tanis’ meet recap Instagram video he writes, “Bench 150kg, 157.5kg, 162.5kg, Deadlift 280kg, 297.5kg, 305kg

Feels soooo good to finally have a go at that @theipf Squat world record. Added 1kg to it on my first attempt, then another 5kg on my third. Walked away with a 2.5kg bench PR which I’m content with. Training was going super for this lift 6 weeks back until I had a minor pec strain which set me back.

A steady 5kg PR on the deadlift was what I was after which gave me a nice 12.5kg total PR. Walked away with the gold medal in the 83kg class and second best lifter behind @jezzauepa.”

As we close out 2018 and approach the 2019 IPF World Classic Powerlifting Championships it’s going to be interesting to see if Tanis’ latest world record squat can stand the time. With athletes like Russell Orhii and Brett Gibbs in the weight class, no squat world record is safe for too long. Hats off to Tanis on his latest accomplishment!

Feature image from @nathan_tanis 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.

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