When it involves the bench press, just one different lifter can match Julius Maddox’s distinctive mixture of power and focus. On May 10, 2022, the powerlifter once more confirmed why he’s one of many prime two bench pressers on the planet when he logged a 361-kilogram bench press (796-pound) for a brand new PR. The mark exceeds his competitors better of 355 kilograms (782.6 kilos) from the 2021 WRPF Hybrid Showdown III — the present all-time world document — and is the second heaviest bench press ever caught on digicam.

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This bench press is especially noteworthy as a result of it locations Maddox on the precipice of historical past.

While Maddox is the present world document holder, he has by no means accomplished an 800-pound bench press, be it in coaching or a sanctioned competitors. The powerlifter has had two earlier makes an attempt on the towering mark — in June 2021 and June 2020, respectively — however wasn’t capable of lock out the rep on every event.

According to his Instagram put up, the powerlifter nonetheless has his eyes on the formidable prize.

“I’ve missed this weight 10-plus times. Hearing my little girls ask me when I will hit 800 pounds is enough for me to lay it all on the line,” Maddox writes. “This is bigger than a title for me. It’s about the long-lasting impact I leave for my kids and family. The times they fall on hard times and need some motivation!”

Motivating Perseverance

At the time of this writing, just one particular person, Daniel Zamani, has ever bench-pressed 800 kilos. The Iranian athlete crushed a 365-kilogram uncooked bench press (804.7-pound) throughout a February 2022 coaching session. Zamani additionally donned a lifting belt and wrist wraps for his staggering press.

Since Zamani’s determine occurred throughout coaching, it isn’t the official document. Notably, Maddox and Zamani have been to sq. off in a bench press battle for supremacy on the 2022 Iron Wars V in January, however that fell by for undisclosed causes.


Before this new one-rep PR, Maddox just lately accomplished a 318-kilogram bench press (700-pound) for a four-rep PR in late April 2022. That he put himself on the 800-pound doorstep a couple of weeks later may signify that he isn’t messing round attempting to notch this stellar achievement. Since Zamani left the door open for somebody to beat him to the 800-pound mark in a sanctioned meet, it looks like Maddox doesn’t need to waste any time.

Maddox has not introduced his subsequent competitors on the time of this publishing. That mentioned, per Maddox’s general aggressive historical past, it can seemingly be a bench press-only meet. More importantly, possibly, it’s the place he’ll strive for his 800-pound glory.

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