Herndon achieved this squat in sleeves as a substitute of his typical wraps.
On August 8, 2023, powerlifter Phillip Herndon recorded a video of himself efficiently locking out a 414.5-kilogram (914-pound) uncooked back squat throughout a current training session. The mark is unofficially greater than the present all-time uncooked World File in Herndon’s typical 125-kilogram weight class. That honor still officially belongs to Reece Fullwood, who squatted 412.5 kilograms (909.4 kilos) on the 2023 GPC-GB Welsh Championships.
Herndon achieved his newest coaching squat whereas carrying knee sleeves, wrist wraps, and a lifting belt. Such an tools set-up nonetheless constitutes as uncooked in a powerlifting context. He wrote in his publish that he weighed 271 kilos on the time of the carry, that means the athlete squatted roughly 3.3 occasions his physique weight. Herndon evidently had little hassle with this squat, hitting the outlet and rising up shortly with out a lot of a wrestle as his spotters on all three sides stored an in depth watch.
Herndon’s squat is linked to his ongoing preparation for the 2023 World Uncooked Powerlifting Federation (WRPF) American Professional 2. That contest is at present scheduled to happen on October 27-29, 2023, in San Diego, CA. Herndon could possibly be looking for a measure of redemption as he didn’t place at the 2022 iteration, having been disqualified whereas competing with wraps. In his squat Instagram publish, the athlete wrote that he’ll once more compete with wraps at this yr’s American Professional.
Herndon has been on a aggressive and coaching tear of late.
In March 2023, throughout the US Powerlifting Coalition (USPC) Mid-Atlantic Basic & Regional Championship, the powerlifter squatted 411 kilograms (906.1 kilos) to place himself within striking distance of the 125-kilogram class’s World Record. Then, in late June 2023, the athlete turned the lightest individual ever to squat 453.9 kilograms (1,000 pounds) raw with wraps throughout a efficiency on the 2023 Worldwide Powerlifting Affiliation (IPA) Energy Spectacular.
With months to go earlier than his newest aggressive look, Herndon has as soon as once more inched nearer to a different hallowed squat mark within the gymnasium.
Herndon technically doesn’t “want” so as to add one other squat document to his rising laundry checklist of achievements. He already stands atop the 110-kilogram class and infrequently loses in full competitors. Athletes like him seemingly don’t relaxation on their laurels, although. They’ve an curiosity in writing their identify everywhere in the document books.
Featured picture: @phillip_herndon on Instagram