If you’re a lifter, few things feel as good as a stellar workout. You know, the training sessions where you set a new one-rep max or your form clicks during sets of sumo deadlifts. If you’re French powerlifter Panagiotis Tarinidis, a solid workout may be defined as lifting 20 kilograms over the world record total in your weight class.
On April 19, 2021, the 66-kilogram (145-pound) powerlifter posted a video to Instagram of himself maxing out his deadlift, back squat, and bench press. Tarinidis racked up a total of 725 kilograms (1,598 pounds) for an unofficial world record. The current world record total at 66 kilograms is 705.5 kilograms.
Because these lifts were done in training and not at a sanctioned powerlifting competition, Tarinidis did not set any official records. You can check out Tarinidis’ epic training session below, courtesy of his Instagram page:
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It’s also worth noting that Tarinidis unofficially broke the squat world record in the 66-kilogram class by a single kilo. Currently, Jonathan Garcia holds that record at 264 kilograms (582 pounds). He set the mark at the USA Powerlifting (USAPL) Third Annual North Florida Open Championships in November 2020. As for the current world record total at 66 kilograms, that’s held by Charles Okpoko, who totaled 705.5 kilograms (1,555.4 pounds) in 2019 at the IPF World Classic Powerlifting Championships.
Here are the full stats from Tarinidis’ training session:
- Squat — 265 kilograms (584 pounds)
- Bench Press — 180 kilograms (396.8 pounds)
- Deadlift — 280 kilograms (617 pounds)
- Total — 725 kilograms (1,598 pounds)
Tarinidis entered his first competition in 2017 — the FFForce France Force Athletique Jeunes. He came in third place in the Junior division at 74 kilograms. In total, he’s competed in 12 powerlifting meets and has finished in first place three times. Tarinidis appears to compete mostly in the 66-kilogram class.
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The lifts in his recent training session aren’t too far off from Tarinidis’ best competition lifts. According to Open Powerlifting, here are the highest numbers the 26-year-old has hit in competition:
- Squat — 247.5 kilograms (545.6 pounds), FFForce Test Match Eleiko on Feb. 13, 2021.
- Bench Press — 170 kilograms (374.7 pounds), FFForce Silent Worker Meet on Sept. 12, 2020.
- Deadlift — 280 kilograms (617 pounds), FFForce Test Match Eleiko on Feb. 13, 2021.
- Total — 696 kilograms (1,534 pounds), FFForce Test Match Eleiko on Feb. 13, 2021.
In his post, Tarinidis didn’t mention when he planned to compete next. Whenever he does decide to step foot on the platform next, he’s clearly primed to claim gold and a world record or two.
Featured image: @thepanash on Instagram