There are impressive lifts that are significant signs of progress, and there are noteworthy lifts that double as exceptional milestones. With a recent personal boundary-breaking accomplishment while training in the gym, young powerlifter Jesus Olivares can count himself among the special latter group.
On September 13, 2022, Olivares shared an Instagram video of himself completing a 455-kilogram (1,003-pound) raw back squat during a training session. According to Olivares’ post’s caption, it’s also a personal record (PR) like him breaks the hallowed 453.6-kilogram (1,000-pound) squat barrier for the first time.
For context compared to his individual career, Olivares’ PR squat unofficially surpasses his raw all-time competition best by five kilograms (11 pounds). The reigning International Powerlifting Federation (IPF) World Champion in the +120-kilogram weight class notched a 450-kilogram (992-pound) squat at the 2022 AMP Classic Open Nationals. That mark helped Olivares to a first-place performance in the contest.
For context compared to his peers, Olivares becomes the latest athlete to join the notable 1,000-pound squat club. There’s a plethora of powerlifters and strongmen who have added the massive squat figure to their resumes. However, there was a time when a 1,000-pound squat was rarer in the strongman sphere. With a 456-kilogram (1,005-pound) squat during the 2016 USA Powerlifting (USAPL) Raw Nationals, Ray Williams became the first IPF/USAPL powerlifter ever to reach the milestone. For Olivares to get this accomplishment now might speak to how far he’s come as an elite lifter.
The 23-year-old seemingly had nothing but gratitude in the caption of his squat Instagram post.
“There is only one certainty in life,” Olivares wrote. “A strong man stands above and conquers all. God gets all the glory for this one.”
Olivares is accustomed to making waves with his strength as a powerlifter. Amidst his work at the recent 2022 AMP Nationals, the athlete captured an unofficial world record deadlift of 402.5 kilograms (887.3 pounds). The feat would have been a World Record for the +120-kilogram weight class if accomplished at an international competition. Williams still holds the official mark with a 398.5-kilogram (878.5-pound) pull from the 2018 IPF World Classic Powerlifting Championships.
At the same time, Olivares’ final total of 1,110 kilograms (2,447.1 pounds) from that contest would have been the second-heaviest raw total in IPF powerlifting history. Daniel Bell still owns the top spot with a 1,182.5-kilogram (2,607-pound) total that he achieved at the 2021 World Raw Powerlifting Federation (WRPF) Hybrid Showdown III.
At the time of this article’s publication, Olivares will not be competing in upcoming contests. At this rate, whenever he steps onto a platform, he may write another great chapter in his blossoming career.
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