Is This the Highest Recorded Powerlifting Total in 33 Seconds?

A 2,000 lb powerlifting total is impressive, but what about a 2,005 lb total in 33 seconds? Rob “Da Savage” Hall got to work at the Arnold Classic in the ANIMAL Cage, which is where he put up a crazy 2,005 lb total in just 33 seconds.

Were they his maxes? No. Yet, putting up a 2,000+ lb total in less than a minute is a crazy feat of strength for any athlete. I’m not even sure what you would call this, I guess this could be deemed “functional powerlifting?

There wasn’t a time limit set, but Hall was working against time to put up his crazy total in as little time as possible. He performed a squat, bench, and deadlift all back-to-back in a similar form to a powerlifting meet.

His lifts were a crazy 725 lb squat, 530 lb bench, and 750 lb deadlift. This is the definition of nailing your breathing technique and mastering your lift setups. Three huge lifts in 33 seconds leaves no time for error or resetting.

To top it off, it looks like Hall has more in the tank when he’s finished. Could he have done another lift after?

Hall’s in his second year of formal powerlifting as is already closing in on a few of Eric Lillebridge’s records. He competes the 308lb weight class and is currently at a close second behind Lilliebridge. Three weeks ago Hall competed in the Corpus Christi Classic and put up one of his highest totals to date.

Hall finished with a USPA record breaking 2,209 total in sleeves with a recorded 782 lb squat, 589 bench, and 837 deadlift. In addition to the USPA total record, Hall broke the Texas state squat, deadlift, and total records.

A lot of athlete work their entire lifting career towards a 2,000 lb total, so it was crazy watching Hall do it in 33 seconds. Was this the highest total put up in that amount of time? We’re still unsure, but we haven’t seen another video that compares to Hall’s feat of strength yet.

Feature image screenshot from Rob Da Savage Hall YouTube channel.


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Jake holds a Master's in Sports Science and a Bachelor's in Exercise Science. Currently, Jake serves as one of the full time writers and editors at BarBend. He's a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and has spoken at state conferences on the topics of writing in the fitness industry and building a brand. As of right now, Jake has published over 1,100 articles related to strength athletes and sports. Articles about powerlifting concepts, advanced strength & conditioning methods, and topics that sit atop a strong science foundation are Jake's bread-and-butter. On top of his personal writing, Jake edits and plans content for 15 writers and strength coaches who come from every strength sport.Prior to BarBend, Jake worked for two years as a strength and conditioning coach for hockey and lacrosse players, and was a writer at the Vitamin Shoppe's corporate office. Jake regularly competes in powerlifting in the 181 lb weight class, and considers himself a weightlifting shoe sneaker head. On the side of writing full time, Jake works as a part-time strength coach and works with clients through his personal business Concrete Athletics in Hoboken and New York City.