Strongman Nick Best Squats a Massive 845 lbs At Age 49

When it comes to describing Nick Best’s strength sports career, where do we begin? He’s been an elite competitor in both powerlifting and strongman over the last three decades, and continues to prove that he’s nowhere near finished. At the beginning of his career he competed in powerlifting and has won two USAPL national championships (1996 & 1997), along with a WDFPF World Powerlifting Championship (1996).

And while he was a dominant force early on in his career in powerlifting, most know Best as a weathered professional strongman athlete. For context, he’s attended nine World’s Strongest Man contests, making it to the finals twice, and has competed in two Arnold Strongman Classics. Needless to say, Best knows what it takes to stay relentless under the bar, and his latest squat video is another great example.

Yesterday, Best shared a video that featured an insanely heavy squat, and he also poked fun and drew attention to his age. In Best’s Instagram video’s description he writes, “845lb raw squat tonight! It’s only 96 in the garage tonight! 108 days till I am 50! Fuck age! Make the time!” 

That’s right, Best is almost 50 years old and he’s moving 845 lbs raw like it’s nothing. And while Best isn’t exactly 50 years old yet, it’s worth noting that this squat is already 8 lbs heavier than the current 308 lb weight class Masters (50-59) all-time world record, aka Best’s normal weight class.

Additionally and to further our case, Best is currently ranked as the top 308 lb Masters powerlifter in the world. And if this squat wasn’t enough, or you’re more of a deadlift fan, then say no more. After his 845 lb squat, Best went ahead and deadlifted 550 lbs for a casual 18-reps. Check it out below.

We’ve seen our fair share of strong Masters athletes, and Best just reminded us all about how absolutely strong he is.

Feature image from @nickbeststrongman Instagram page. 


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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.