Vlad Alhazov Squats a Massive 505kg (1,113 lbs) Raw. Is It a Record?

If you felt the earth shift a little bit Sunday, there’s no need for alarm, it was most likely due to Russian super heavyweight powerlifter Vlad Alhazov’s most recent squat. Chances are you’ve seen the video floating around social media, but in case you haven’t, Alhazov squatted a ridiculous 505kg (1,113 lbs) at the ProRaw Powerlifting exhibition held this past weekend at the Arnold Sport Festival in Australia.

He performed this epic feat raw with knee wraps, which topped his current all-time world record 500kg (1,102 lb) wrapped squat from July 2017. Alhazov is no stranger to moving heavy weight, but this squat may be one of his most impressive lifts to date.

Check it out below.

On social media, if you’ve seen this video re-posted by athletes and other strength enthusiasts, some have been saying it’s all-time world record. Well, it is and it isn’t, and it’s going to come down to your personal definition of what an “unofficial” world record is.

The ProRaw Powerlifting exhibition wasn’t a formally sanctioned meet held by a federation, so this is where calling the squat a world record can get dicey. In addition, Alhazov bombed out on deadlifts and was unable to earn a good lift on all three attempts, so he didn’t total. That being said – and while this exhibition wasn’t held by a federation – had it been, Alhazov’s record wouldn’t stand in (some) federations due to the incompletion of the full meet total.

On that other hand, this record may stand and be posted on unofficial record sites like PowerliftingWatch within their all-time world record page since it was performed with judges watching, etc. So technically, this squat isn’t an “official” world record per any federation, but it could be defined as an “unofficial” world record per your definition on what classifies it as so.

All of the “official” and “unofficial” record talk aside, there’s no taking away from Alhazov’s latest feat of strength. This is a massive milestone for a lifter who’s had a full knee replacement in the past and it’s certainly pushed the boundaries for powerlifting.

Feature image screenshot from @australianstrengthcoach Instagram page.


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Jake holds a Master's in Sports Science and a Bachelor's in Exercise Science. Currently, Jake serves as one of the full time writers and editors at BarBend. He's a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and has spoken at state conferences on the topics of writing in the fitness industry and building a brand. As of right now, Jake has published over 1,100 articles related to strength athletes and sports. Articles about powerlifting concepts, advanced strength & conditioning methods, and topics that sit atop a strong science foundation are Jake's bread-and-butter. On top of his personal writing, Jake edits and plans content for 15 writers and strength coaches who come from every strength sport.Prior to BarBend, Jake worked for two years as a strength and conditioning coach for hockey and lacrosse players, and was a writer at the Vitamin Shoppe's corporate office. Jake regularly competes in powerlifting in the 181 lb weight class, and considers himself a weightlifting shoe sneaker head. On the side of writing full time, Jake works as a part-time strength coach and works with clients through his personal business Concrete Athletics in Hoboken and New York City.