Ray Williams Hits Massive 975lb Raw Squat in Training

Ray Williams set a new IPF raw squat record at the IPF Classic this past June (check out that massive lift here). For awhile, it looked like his 438kg/~963.6 pound lift from that competition might be the heaviest raw squat we’d see this year. Now, Williams has outdone himself once again, albeit in training: a 975 pound (~443kg) raw squat at what looks like a depth that would certainly pass in competition. 

Warning: Even if you know he made the lift, the entire video is nail-bitingly suspenseful.

Oh, and he did it with no spotters, just walked out of a monorack with only safety chains as backup. Williams believed he was going to make this lift the moment he decided to throw weight on the bar.

But don’t necessarily expect to see Williams post another training video like this anytime soon. In his own words:

Moved some huge (975) weight but never doing this again!! It’s still Money Time

He’ll still have to lift well in a competition setting to break his own record, but for now, it looks like Ray William’s is the most promising candidate to become the first squat 1000 pounds, raw, drug tested and to IPF standards.

Williams had originally posted another angle of the lift that led some to question his depth. However, the above video certainly makes it look like he broke parallel in a legitimate fashion.

The weight looks even crazier when viewed without the >400 pound Williams under it. Completely filled with plates and bending in a way few lifters will ever have to manage in their careers.

Featured Image: @optimusprime_334 on Instagram

David Tao

David Tao

BarBend's Co-Founder and Editorial Director, David is a veteran of the health & fitness industry, with nearly a decade of experience building and running editorial teams in the space. He also serves as a color commentator for both National and International weightlifting competitions, many through USA Weightlifting.

David graduated from Harvard University and served for several years as Editorial Director/Chief Content Officer of Greatist.com. In addition to his work in the health & fitness industry, David has been a writer for Fortune and Fortune.com, as well as a contributor to Forbes.com, Slate, and numerous other outlets across the web and in print. He's especially passionate about the intersection of strength sports and quality, professional media coverage — overlapping interests shared by the BarBend editorial team and which drive their content strategy each and every day.

David is a proud Kentucky native. In his free time, David is a voiceover actor and can be heard in animated films, independent shorts, music videos, commercials, and podcasts.

Leave a Comment


Latest News

Featured Video


Follow Us