74kg Junior Powerlifter Tim Monigatti Squats 273kg (602 lbs), 3kg Over World Record

The peaking videos continue to surge on social media as powerlifters across the world close in on their platform date for this year’s IPF World Classic Powerlifting Championships. As a reminder, this year’s Championships are taking place in Calgary, Canada and kick off June 5th and go through June 14th.

The athlete and video we’re highlighting in this article is a monstrous 273kg (602 lb) squat coming from New Zealand based powerlifter Tim Monigatti. This year, Monigatti has his work cut out for him in the competitive -74kg junior weight class, but with this recent lift, we’re confident he’ll hold his own on the platform.

The 273kg (602 lb) squat Monigatti shared is not only a 10.5kg personal best, but it’s a lift that tops the current IPF Open world record by 3kg and the junior record by 13kg. Keep in mind, Monigatti is a junior lifter.

In Monitgatti’s Instagram video he writes, “A great way to end one of the best squat cycles I’ve ever had! 273kg/602lbs for a 10.5kg pb. This is a couple of kilos over the open squat record!”

We’d agree, that’s a strong squat cycle indeed. Although, Monigatti is no stranger to moving big weight, as his last meet was a little over a month ago, and even without hitting the numbers he wanted going into the meet he still recorded a very strong performance.

At this meet, Monigatti’s squat, deadlift, and total all unofficially broke the junior -74kg IPF world records. Obviously, he weighed in a little over the -74kg weight class, but with his recent squat, we’re confident the junior world record will soon be his.

In his meet’s recap video Monigatti writes, “Didn’t really hit the numbers I wanted this weekend. A decent pb nonetheless! 260.5kg/145kg/290kg for 695.5kg @ 75.25kg.”

With less than two weeks until Monigatti takes the platform, he’s demonstrating that he’s more ready than ever. Could he be walking away with a world record or two? Time will tell.

Feature image from @tim_monigatti Instagram page. 

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