Powerlifter Julius Maddox Crushes 700-Pound Bench Press for 4 Reps
The bench press is Julius Maddox’s area, and with one other current spectacular feat, it doesn’t seem like that’s altering any time quickly. On April 24, 2022, the powerlifter locked out a 318-kilogram bench press (700-pound) for 4 unbroken reps — a brand new private report (PR).
Take a look at a video of the elevate under, courtesy of Maddox’s Instagram profile:
Maddox powers by way of the set with relative ease. Three spotters are current to assist Maddox, however they by no means intervene. For the elevate, Maddox donned a lifting belt and wrist straps.
A Promising Rivalry
Excellent feats on the bench press are nothing new to Maddox. So far, he has by no means recorded a squat or deadlift throughout a sanctioned competitors, as he completely focuses on his bench press prowess. The main focus paid off for the powerlifter when he captured the present all-time world report holder with a 355-kilogram bench press (782.6 kilos) on the 2021 World Uncooked Powerlifting Federation (WRPF) Hybrid Showdown III.
His subsequent feat is to develop into the primary man to bench press 800 kilos uncooked in a sanctioned competitors.
Maddox’s rival, Daniel Zamani, is the primary man to bench press 800 kilos, uncooked. The Iranian powerlifter notched the feat with a 365-kilogram uncooked bench press (804.7-pound) throughout a coaching session on February 21, 2022. As each males compete as superheavyweights, if Zamani had completed the press throughout a contest, he would’ve supplanted Maddox’s report.
Maddox and Zamani had been to sq. off in a bench press battle for supremacy on the 2022 Iron Wars V, however for undisclosed causes, that by no means occurred.
The 800-Pound Barrier
The pair have additionally spent a few of their current time sharpening up their work with different lifts.
Within the two months since Zamani captured the unofficial bench press report, he’s been sharing movies of himself on Instagram grinding away along with his deadlift. Whereas adorned in lifting straps, the Iranian athlete has pulled as a lot as 345 kilograms (749.8 kilos).
In the meantime, Maddox just lately hit a 351.3-kilogram (775-pound) squat whereas utilizing a Kabuki Transformer Bar throughout a coaching session. Notably, he didn’t put on a lifting belt or knee sleeves for the elevate.
For Maddox particularly, his squat was seemingly solely a brief break en path to climbing the 800-pound bench press mountain. Given his current progress, it would solely be a matter of time earlier than the powerlifter joins Zamani within the hallowed territory. If or as soon as that occurs, the remaining elephant within the room shall be whether or not Maddox and Zamani lastly go face to face in a meet for the all-time world report. On the time of publishing, there aren’t any plans within the works.
Whereas Maddox continues to set PRs, the powerlifting world is actually prepared for an official spherical of this promising bench press rivalry.
Featured picture: @irregular_strength on Instagram