Did Vlad Alhazov Squat 490kg for Two Reps?

Vlad Alhazov’s comeback is progressing pretty darn nicely. The Russian superheavyweight was put out of commission back in 2008 when his left knee caved inward during an attempt to squat 590 kilograms (1,300 pounds) at Westside Barbell.

Rehab was slow, but he’s steadily making progress toward the threshold of a 500-kilogram squat, and maybe beyond. His latest effort: two reps of a 490kg (1080lb) squat in knee wraps.

At least, it looks like 490 kilograms. He didn’t post the weight, but comments on both Instagram and Reddit have pointed out that the plates appear to add up to 490 kilograms. The last time we wrote about Alhazov, he was squatting 465kg (1023lb) for a double while wearing knee sleeves, so it’s conceivable that he’s since become able to squat 490kg in knee wraps, which can add a lot of weight to a lift.

Here’s the double at 465kg, which he made last December.

As if to confirm how much tension knee wraps can add to a lift, Alhazov posted the following image of his awfully irritated knees and hamstrings following the recent 490kg double.

We believe that Alhazov’s all-time heaviest squat is this monstrous 567kg (1,250lb lift) equipped lift from 2008. That’s more than 60kg (132lb) heavier than Blaine Sumner’s IPF world record of 505kg (which was made in a single-ply suit) and not at all far from Donnie Thompson’s superheavyweight world record of 573.8kg (1,265lb) that he made in the Southern Powerlifting Federation in 2011.

So while Alhazov may not be at full strength just yet, we think 2018 is going to be a big year for him. According to a post on their Facebook page, he’ll be competing in a meet for the World Powerlifting Organization (WPO) later this year alongside Dave Hoff, who currently has the record for the highest Wilks score of all time. We’re unsure of exactly when the meet will be held, but we’re pretty certain a few world records will fall.

Featured image via @vado.a 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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