Junior Powerlifter Tim Monigatti Squats a Massive 280kg

Tim Monigatti is showing off some impressive lifts ahead of the IPF World Classic Powerlifting Championships.

This year’s International Powerlifting Federation (IPF) World Classic Powerlifting Championships are just around the corner, which means powerlifters everywhere are fine-tuning their lifts.

Junior powerlifter Tim Monigatti is a great example of someone who is crushing his meet prep, as he just squatted 280kg for one of his last heavy singles. This lift currently sits 18kg behind John Haack’s current 298kg Junior World Record, which he set back in 2016, which begs the question — could Monigatti maybe take a swing at Haack’s record in June?

In February of this year, Monigatti shared a video of himself squatting a massive 300kg/661 lbs, so he’s clearly shown that he has the potential to move this kind of weight.

However, this meet prep has been far from perfect for Monigatti. In late April, Monigatti shared that he had strained his adductor twice in training, and he’s been rebuilding ever since. He wrote about his journey back to the rack in an Instagram video description saying,

“Eight weeks ago I strained my adductor. Six weeks ago I restrained my adductor. It’s been a slow process building the weight back up. This is the first time I’ve squatted over 220kg since the injury. It feels like a milestone toward recovery. There’s five or so weeks to put some real weight back on the bar.”

For context, check out Monigatti’s 300kg/661 lb squat from February below.

Monigatti’s most recent competition was at the Asian Pacific Championship in March where he finished in first place in the -83kg weight class. He squatted 269.9kg, benched 162.4kg, and deadlifted 300kg for a 732.5kg total.

The IPF World Classic Powerlifting Championships are being held June 3rd-15th in Helsingborg, Sweden. We’re hoping Monigatti can stay healthy until then and take a run at Haack’s three year old Junior World Record.

Feature image from @tim_monigatti Instagram page.

Celia Balf

Celia Balf

Celia is a Staff News Writer at BarBend. At the BarBend office, you can find Celia writing news stories covering the largest strength sport competitions in the world, in-depth features with world record-holders, big lifts, and everything in-between. Celia also orchestrates and helps create content for the BarBend social media pages. She is a former Division 1 soccer player turned content producer and sports journalist.

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