Ray Williams Just Squatted Insane Weight for a Double

Look, there’s not a whole lot more we can say about powerlifter Ray Williams without sounding like a broken record. On October 16th, Williams became the first person to squat 1,000 pounds raw and without wraps, hitting an immense 1,005 squat at USA Powerlifting Raw Nationals.

He also benched and deadlifted through the stratosphere, setting new American Records in the squat and total. Because it was a national meet, those numbers don’t count for world records — but we have a feeling Williams is gunning to hit them in international competition soon enough.

So, less than three weeks after his historic Nationals, Williams is at it again, squatting 935 pounds for a DOUBLE. Check out the lift below.

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It has to be a good feeling when you need powerlifting greats Mark Bell and Kevin Oak to spot your training lifts. One of the highest combined spotter totals of all time? We think so.

Here’s another angle of William’s 900+ pound double. It’s the heaviest raw squat for reps we’ve ever seen.

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Featured image: @oakstrong 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.

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