Siamand Rahman Does Insane Things in the Bench Press

Siamand Rahman is in a class by himself. The paralympic powerlifter and two-time defending Paralympic Champion is, depending on who you ask, one of the world’s most dominant strength athletes. The question when he competes is basically never “Will he win?” but “Will he break his own record, a record almost no one else on Earth can even imagine coming within spitting distance of?”

While Rahman isn’t the flashiest guy or most prolific poster on social media, he does occassionally take some time to put up a video and remind folks just how good he really is.

One recent video in that realm features Rahman bench pressing 270kg — that’s 594 pounds for people who use those units — for a smooooooth triple. For reference, Rahman’s next-closest competitor at the Rio Paralympics finished with a 235kg successful lift. Rahman is going a full 35kg above his best competition’s max — and doing it for an easy three.

Watch and prepare to be amazed by this man’s strength and bar control.

Rahman is still young for powerlifting — 28 years old — and seems to be getting stronger every year. We’re excited to see how far this man can push the envelope, not only in paralympic powerlifting, but in raw bench pressing in general.

Featured image: @siamand_rahman 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 In addition to his work in the health & fitness industry, David has been a writer for Fortune and, as well as a contributor to, 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.

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