-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.


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