Powerlifter Joe Sullivan has a number of notable marks and victories all through his profession. It’s his newest mission that could possibly be probably the most formidable but. 

On May 19, 2022, Sullivan shared footage of himself squatting 230 kilograms (507 kilos) for 19 reps. Per the caption of Sullivan’s Instagram publish, the set is a part of his preparation to aim the 525-pound squat AMRAP (as many reps as doable) — impressed by 1980 Mr. Universe and bodybuilding legend Tom Platz.

Amidst an comprehensible problem of endurance and energy, Sullivan was in a position to lock out all 19 reps earlier than he ultimately instructed his three spotters that he wouldn’t have the ability to rerack his barbell by himself. As they did, he needed to work to regain his breath. The powerlifter wore a lifting belt, wrist wraps, and knee sleeves for the set. 

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For extra context, in 1992, in the course of the “Great American Squat-Off,” Platz confronted off in opposition to powerlifting nice Dr. Fred “Squat” Hatfield in a squat battle. During the second and ultimate AMRAP part of the head-to-head competitors, Platz bested Hatfield by squatting 238.1 kilograms (525 kilos) for 23 reps. The 525 squat AMRAP has since develop into a high-class determine that energy sports activities athletes sometimes sort out. 

Staying Positive

Despite arising simply brief throughout this coaching session, it doesn’t seem Sullivan will let the failure deter him from his lofty pursuits. As he notes in his social media publish, all it would take is a slight recalibration of his method when that squat AMRAP try lastly comes across the bend. 

“Not where I wanted to be, and not something to inspire confidence,” Sullivan writes. “I didn’t control my cadence and went too fast and explosive at the beginning, which led to me fatiguing quicker.”

Sullivan is fast to take care of that whereas he outlines what went incorrect with this squat, he’s actually not making excuses. Amidst all of his obvious intensive preparation and planning, he’s merely explaining himself and attempting to account for each issue as his hopeful aim looms on the horizon. 

“All of these things are excuses, but ultimately I failed to execute,” Sullivan says. “And if I expect to do something noteworthy on June 4, I can’t allow that to happen again.”

All of that mentioned, Sullivan regarded forward and took away some positives from this effort within the squat rack. It seems he is aware of that if he desires to match a energy sports activities legend, he has to maintain his eyes ahead and discover silver linings. 

“The positive is, watching the video, you can see that I never really got to the ‘push through the pain’ part,” Sullivan writes. “Which lends credence to the fact that it was just not my day, and on a better one, I may have gotten to show off the grit a little bit more.”

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A Historic Attempt En Route

As he notes on his Instagram, it appears Sullivan will try the 525 squat AMRAP on Saturday, June 4, 2022. At the time of this writing, Sullivan hasn’t confirmed different particulars of the 525 squat AMRAP, equivalent to the situation or timing of the try.

Notching 23 (or extra) reps at 525 kilos might be a substantial problem for Sullivan if he desires to exceed Platz’s report. With sufficient diligence and that talked about reset, he could enter uncommon firm if issues can break his manner. 

Featured picture: @joesullivan_aod on Instagram