Weightlifter (-85kg) Toshiki Yamamoto Continues Leg Week With 4 X 290kg Squats

We’ll be honest, we’re having trouble coming to terms with Toshiki Yamamoto’s week. The Japanese athlete does hold all of his country’s Olympic weightlifting records in the -85kg weight class, but still, how much volume can one man take?

Here’s what we really wanted to highlight today: this four-rep set of 290-kilogram (639.3-pound) back squats. The depth here, especially on the first rep, is really phenomenal and while we get that he was clearly hoping for five reps (he bails on the last) everyone in the room seems really disappointed after having viewed a set as impressive as this. Behold the four reps:

What makes this extra impressive, though, is the fact that this came after a hell of a leg week. About twelve days ago he made this set of 250kg for 10 reps, three days later he made this jaw dropping set of 200kg squats for twenty reps:

[Read more: Why 20-rep squats are the best (and worst) workout ever.]

And three days after that he went ahead with 260kg for 10 reps.

We’d have taken some time off after such a punishing six days but hey, Yamomoto’s got squats to do. In a ten day period that’s 250kgx10, 200kgx20, 260kgx10, and 290kgx4.

Last year, the guy actually took a quick visit to the -94kg class and took the national clean & jerk record there with 197 kilograms (434.3 pounds), but he’s known as Japan’s best -85kg athlete. Partly that’s because when he breaks records in the -85kg class, he’s exceeding the records in the weight class above him.

Like we said, the -94kg clean & jerk record is 197 kilos — here’s his most recent record in the -85kg class of 206 kilograms (454.2 pounds).

That was at the Japanese National Championships in Kanazawa, where he also took the -85kg total record of 361 kilograms (795.9 pounds). The -94kg record total is 353 kilograms (778.2 pounds). Toshiki Yamamoto is very strong.

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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