Relating to the bench press, just one different lifter can match Julius Maddox’s distinctive mixture of power and focus. On Might 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 file — and is the second heaviest bench press ever caught on digicam.
This bench press is especially noteworthy as a result of it locations Maddox on the precipice of historical past.
Whereas Maddox is the present world file 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.
In response to his Instagram publish, the powerlifter nonetheless has his eyes on the formidable prize.
“I’ve missed this weight 10-plus occasions. Listening to my little ladies ask me when I’ll hit 800 kilos is sufficient for me to put all of it on the road,” Maddox writes. “That is greater than a title for me. It’s concerning the long-lasting influence I depart for my youngsters and household. The occasions they fall on arduous occasions and want some motivation!”
On 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’s not the official file. 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 way of for undisclosed causes.
Earlier than 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 number of weeks later would possibly 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 as if Maddox doesn’t wish to waste any time.
Maddox has not introduced his subsequent competitors on the time of this publishing. That mentioned, per Maddox’s total aggressive historical past, it’ll doubtless be a bench press-only meet. Extra importantly, most likely, it’s the place he’ll strive for his 800-pound glory.
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