It’s time to once again indulge my raging boner for Russian powerlifters with a man who needs little introduction. Andrey Malanichev has the Raw w/ Wraps ATWR total with 1140kg/2513lbs.
I’ll let the man and his lifting speak for themselves:
Looked easy one could observe. Malanichev always seems to leave plenty in the tank, content to chip away at his own records. The 400kg DL to round out the new WR was as anti climatic as they come but that’s not what this post is about. Big raw squats are today’s topic. 500kg+ raw squats.
While Malanichev seemed content to chip away at his records forever and looks to be on route for a 500kg raw squat Vlad Alhazov was working his way back from a serious knee injury some 10 years ago and subsequent knee replacement. He worked quietly so that seemingly out of nowhere he comes up with an incredible 500kg squat:
It was a near max grinder. It was out of a monolith/no walk out. 500kg tho.
Browsing instagram today and between the fitness sloots and fake natties I saw a blurry clip of some big dude with glasses squatting. 500kg worth of raw squatting.
Mojtaba Maleki is an Iranian Strongman & Powerlifter who is now the second man to squat 500kg raw w/ wraps. This was recent (last 48 hours I think?) so forgive the link/quality
So is it time for Andrey Malanichev to leave a little less in the tank? ProRaw Big Dogs 2 in Australia is coming up mid October (Not too far away from me actually but seating is pricey).
After having set the world record total last year at Big Dogs 1 will Malanichev become the first man to walk out and squat 500kg raw and put up another world record? Hell put just a bit more than 500 on there just to edge out the record proper.
In the past there have been various record numbers in Powerlifting e.g. 700 bench that seemed far out of reach at the time. As soon as the first dude breaks through the seemingly insurmountable wall the flood gates opened and multiple other lifters are suddenly breaking that same barrier. Two 500kg squats and more to come in the future.
Back to Malanichev. I love the man. Full homo. I believe him capable of setting the squat and total ATWRs come October. What say you?