On August 15, 2022, throughout a coaching session posted to Instagram, powerlifter Joe Sullivan accomplished a 372.4-kilogram (821-pound) uncooked again squat. In an illustration of Sullivan’s energy progress in recent times, the determine is only one pound off Sullivan’s former world report within the 100-kilogram division from 2020.

Perhaps much more impressively, it’s simply 7.6 kilograms (16.7 kilos) off the present 100-kilogram uncooked world report — which Sullivan nonetheless possesses. The athlete notched that report with a 380-kilogram (837.7-pound) squat on the 2021 World Raw Powerlifting Federation (WRPF) The Bucked Up Showdown.

Sullivan wore a lifting belt, lifting straps, and knee sleeves to realize this newest showcase of his leg energy. Check it out beneath:

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According to the caption in Sullivan’s Instagram submit, this squat coaching is a part of his preparation for the upcoming 2022 United States Powerlifting Association (USPA) Pro Raw Championships. That contest will happen on September 24 in Kansas City, MO. 

As Sullivan explains, he’s excited to succeed in new heights as a world-class powerlifter. 

“It’s always a matter of execution, and there are many more days between now and the USPA Pro meet on September 24, but I’m in a great position to push that all-time world record higher and solidify my place at the table.”

History in Context

Sullivan has not competed in an official meet because the 2021 WRPF The Bucked Up Showdown final September. Notably, in latest months, the athlete went for the 525-pound squat AMRAP (as many reps as attainable) — impressed by 1980 Mr. Universe and bodybuilding legend Tom Platz. (Note: Sullivan’s try in early June 2022 fell simply quick at 24 reps). 

Still, roughly a yr later, it seems Sullivan gained extra leg energy and energy as he prepares to increase his world report squat. For context, right here’s how his present uncooked world report within the 100-kilogram division compares to his friends in the identical class:

All-Time Heaviest Raw Squats | Men’s 100KG

  1. Joe Sullivan — 380 kilograms (837.7 kilos) | 2021 WRPF The Showdown
  2. Amit Sapir — 372.5 kilograms (821.2 kilos) |2015 United Powerlifting Association (UPA) Power Weekend
  3. Kevin Oak — 367.5 kilograms (810.2 kilos) | 2016 Southern Powerlifting Federation (SPF) Reebok Record Breakers

At the time of this writing, meaning Sullivan holds a 7.5-kilogram (16.5-pound) lead over the subsequent finest competitor. Should he efficiently break his report subsequent month, that hole might solely widen. 

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A Sterling Resume

To date, Sullivan has received gold in 12 of 18 powerlifting meets throughout his profession. He has missed the rostrum on simply 4 events. With this stellar precedent in thoughts, it won’t be outlandish to counsel glorious upcoming particular person outcomes (probably together with a brand new world report) at his forthcoming competitors. 

The 2022 USPA Pro Raw Championships will happen on September 24 in Kansas City, MO. 

Featured picture: @joesullivan_aod on Instagram