Powerlifter Vlad Alhazov Squats 525kg (1157lbs) Raw with Wraps

After squatting 525kg in training earlier this year, Vlad Alhazov cemented himself on our radar as one of the top powerlifters to watch heading into 2019. It turns out, his next jaw-dropping performance on the competition platform didn’t even have to wait until the new year.

On December 23rd, in his last competition of the year, Alhazov turned that training performance into a real-life competition mark, back squatting a massive 525kg/1,157 pounds raw and in wraps. Check out the video for yourself.

Alhazov opened at 465kg, then moved to 510kg for his second attempt. His successful lift at 525kg was a world record for raw + wraps that just so happened to EXCEED the current single-ply world record.

Perhaps even more impressive than Alhazov’s accomplishment is his backstory. Once upon a time — and in an age before social media helped powerlifting news and feats spread almost instantaneously — Alhazov held the IPA world record for the equipped squat with 567kg (1,250 pounds). But during his peak roughly ten years ago, the powerlifter suffered a catastrophic knee injury while attempting to squat 590kg equipped when training at Westside Barbell. He underwent a full knee reconstruction, and it was unclear if he’d ever lift again — let along attempt world-record weights.

But in July 2017, Alhazov became the first person to squat 500kg raw and in wraps, a lift which announced his return to the sport’s elite in dramatic fashion. And he’s been working his way up from that mark ever since.

Featured image: @Markos Markopoulos via Facebook

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 Greatist.com. In addition to his work in the health & fitness industry, David has been a writer for Fortune and Fortune.com, as well as a contributor to Forbes.com, 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.

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