-85kg Weightlifter Toshiki Yamamoto Squats 200kg for 20 Reps During an Insane “Leg Week”

Japanese weightlifter Toshiki Yamamoto has had a hell of a leg week. We do say “week,” because three times in the last six days the -85kg athlete has managed phenomenal feats of strength, specifically with some insanely high rep squats.

Here’s the one that really caught our eye: back squats of 200 kilograms (441 pounds) for twenty reps. Clearly, the guy has read BarBend’s definitive article on why 20-rep squats are the best (and worst) thing ever. The way he crawls away after finishing the set really shows how close this was to his max.

This was his second squat workout of the week, though. The first was this monstrous set of 250 kilos (551.5 pounds) for ten reps.

And before the week was out, he thought he’d build up to a somewhat challenging top set again. This is six days after the 250 x 10 and three days after the 200 x 20, when he decided to try for 260 kilograms (573.2 pounds) for 10 reps. This guy is operating on another level — check that depth.

[Seems excessive? Check out these 17 undeniable benefits of squats and you’ll see why so many athletes use such high volume.]

 Yamamoto, by the way, is the strongest -85kg weightlifter in Japan and currently holds the national records in the snatch (158kg), clean & jerk (187kg) and total (331kg).He also took a brief trip to the -94kg class last year and set another national record in the clean & jerk while with 197kg, a lift he made at last year’s National Sports Festival of Japan.

You can see his five warm-ups and all three attempts in this video from his Instagram. You have to wait a while, but it’s worth it.

He still hasn’t quite cured himself of his helicopter jerk but hey, everything he’s doing seems to be working for him.

Featured image via @toshikis165j205 on Instagram.

Nick English

Nick English

Nick is a content producer and journalist with over seven years’ experience reporting on four continents. His first articles about health were on a cholera outbreak in rural Kenya while he was reporting for a French humanitarian organization. His next writing job was covering the nightlife scene in Shanghai. He’s written on a lot of things.

After Shanghai, he went on to produce a radio documentary about bodybuilding in Australia before finishing his Master’s degrees in Journalism and International Relations and heading to New York City. Here, he’s been writing on health full time for more than five years for outlets like BarBend, Men's Health, VICE, and Popular Science.

No fan of writing in the third person, Nick’s passion for health stems from an interest in self improvement: How do we reach our potential?

Questions like these took him through a lot of different areas of health and fitness like gymnastics, vegetarianism, kettlebell training, fasting, CrossFit, Paleo, and so on, until he realized (or decided) that strength training fit best with the ideas of continuous, measurable self improvement.

At BarBend his writing focuses a little more on nutrition and long-form content with a heaping dose of strength training. His underlying belief is in the middle path: you don’t have to count every calorie and complete every workout in order to benefit from a healthy lifestyle and a stronger body. Plus, big traps are cool.

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