By the looks of what powerlifter Russel Orhii has been up to in training, if you haven’t already tuned in to the International Powerlifting Federation (IPF) World Classic Powerlifting Championships, you definitely should now.
Orhii competes in the -83kg weight class and is just about a week out from taking the platform at the IPF World Classic Powerlifting Championship. Orhii looks more than ready to compete this year after he showed an insanely smooth 680 lbs squat for one rep from training this week. This big time squat not only looked smooth, but Orhii said it felt good too.
In Orhii’s Instagram video’s description he writes, “Yesterday I hit a smooth single with 680lbs/308.5kg. I was low-key shocked at how easy this felt.”
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Yesterday I hit a smooth single with 680lbs/308.5kg. I was lowkey shocked at how easy this felt 😂 I’m one week out from IPF Worlds in Sweden! This prep has been dope but I’m ready to compete next Thursday! Click the link in my bio to check out the full video ✊🏾 #GetBetterToday
Ahead of the big meet next week, BarBend got the chance to catch up with Orhii about his training this year and personal goals heading into late 2019.
“Training in 2019 has been an absolute blast. I’ve had more fun in the gym than I’ve had in months. Last year I was focused on being back to 100-percent health vs. this year with me focusing on getting actually stronger,” Orhii told BarBend.
Orhii’s last powerlifting meet was at Raw Nationals last year where he finished in first place. With the IPF World Classic Powerlifting Championships coming up next week, Orhii told BarBend that his focus has been to remain healthy and keep growing.
Orhii states, “Overall lifting goals this year is just to stay healthy and build. Meets and numbers can be very circumstantial and I’ve finally come around to accepting that. Ideally, I would like to up all my numbers, but I really want to pull close to 800 lbs by the end of the year.”
So, not only are we talking Orhii pulling close to 800 lbs sometime hopefully soon, but he also has his eyes set on pushing his big three even as a whole higher. We’re excited to see what kind of numbers he hits next week!
Feature image from @russwole Instagram page.