Don’t Question the Depth: Vasily Polovnikov Back Squats 340kg (748 Pounds)

If you ever have the privilege of training at the Norwood Training Center outside of Boston, there’s a good chance you’ll catch some incredibly feats of strength. Currently, Norwood is the home of Russian record holder Vasily Polovnikov, a lifter and coach who looks like he was just built to squat ridiculous weights.

After chasing a back squat PR for several months, Vasily finally broke through his 320kg plateau (that one haunts us all, right?) for a smooth 340kg/748 pounds.

If anyone ever tells you weightlifters don’t know how to REALLY squat big weight, this is one of several clips we’d recommend showing them.

No word on if Polovnikov will make a run at some regional powerlifting records in the near future, though he has been posting some occasional bench press clips on social media.

He’s also got some decent-to-amazing pulling power, though we’d love to see what he can manage without straps.

This has been your daily dose of Russians lifting very heavy things.

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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