Japanese powerlifter Yoshihiro Higa is putting up some pretty serious numbers in training. The -74kg athlete’s greatest claim to fame right now is his IPF world record squat, a monstrous lift of 276 kilograms (608.6 pounds). He made that lift at just a couple of months ago at the IPF World Powerlifting Championships in Calgary.
You can relive that magical squat below — the hype is real for this one.
Now a new squat of his is lighting up powerlifters’ social media feeds and it’s not hard to tell why. In this clip the twenty-seven-year-old makes a lift of 285 kilograms (628.3 pounds) and while, sure, maybe the depth isn’t absolutely flawless, you can see above that he always manages to hit depth in competition. In any event, it’s hard not to be astounded by how darn slow the eccentric portion of this lift is.
[Slow eccentrics are great for building strength — here are six ways to eccentrically load your exercises and why you should.]
Higa wrote underneath that video that his deadlift is 285 kilos (628.3 pounds) but we don’t think that’s his heaviest of all time, since last week he put up this video of a mighty 300-kilo pull. That’s 661.4 pounds. We’ve got to say, we love the music this guy trains to.
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今日は DL300までやって、SQは275まで！ 世界大会終わって、 高重量の練習を減らすはずだったが！ 頻度も扱う重量も増えてる気がするー😤 なんでこんなにやってるかなー！？！？ 今になって 世界大会でDL出し切れなかった悔しさとか 思い出すと自分自身にイライラしてくる😤 来年以降はしばらくの間、自分のペースで 焦る事はないが、今だにパワー中心の生活から 抜ける事が出来ない現状！！！ 一種の病気だと思う！ ただ、 現状維持でいいとか言って これまでの継続と成長から逃げる事は嫌だ！ これから パワーを続けるにあたって、 練習内容とかモチベーションとか 今以上に超えていかなければならない壁は たくさんあるが、自分のパワーの道を貫いていきたい😤🔥💪 こりゃー飲まんとダメだ！ はやくパワーのメンバーでバーベキューが 待ち遠しい🍖🥩🍺🍻🌴 明日は1日業務🔥🚑 感謝、努力、向上心！
We’re not sure when the man’s next meet will be but judging from his YouTube results he sets a lot of his records and PRs at the annual IPF World Championships. Here’s a 270-kilo (595.2-pound) low-bar back squat from last year’s championship, a lift that was particularly exciting to watch because it was the fourth time the squat world record was broken in that weight class during the event.
Suffice to say, we’re looking forward to his next meet.
Featured image va @yoshihiro.270 on Instagram.