Iran’s 100% RAW affiliate President Arian Salarian indicates that Iranian weightlifting legend Hossein Rezazadeh may compete next year at the 2009 100% RAW World Championships. Rezazadeh, SHW, is a multi-time gold medal winner in the Olympics. He currently holds the world records in the snatch, clean and jerk, and total.
Salarian: “Unfortunately we can not compete this year Because get visa for Iranian is very Hard. But next year sure. We are Compete with Special team. I think Hossein Rezazadeh can compete with us.”
Salarian lists Rezazadeh’s best raw lifts as a 859 pound squat, 484 bench press, and 837 pound deadlift.
I wonder if that squat is high-bar and ATG? And what Reza’s technique is like. There is a video of Reza back squatting 320kgx2 ATG from a couple years back.
Can you even IMAGINE what this guy is capable of with a few years of powerlifting training under his belt? And if he moves to multi-ply? holy shit!
Don’t flame me for the title, I’m getting excited and ahead of myself here
I really hope this is true
Reza is a phenomonally strong weightlifter. I am sure he would put up some very respectable totals right out of the gate. However, weightlifting and powerlifting are two very different sports that each involve specialized skills.
Skills and technique make all the difference. That’s much of why powerlifting and weightlifting totals have gone up over the last 30 years. Strong backs, hard work and good drugs have been around for a long time. But people are just plain getting better at the skill side of the sports- maximizing leverages, shortening ranges of motion, mastering supportive gear, knowing where you grab, when to explode, etc. While the supportive gear in powerlifting is a very obvious change, weightlifting technique has changed much as well- just compare old footage of Anderson, Aleksiev, and Bonk against Reza and Chigishev.
Perhaps there was time, early in the development of these two sports where one could be the best at both. However, those days are long past. As such- speculating how Reza would match up against other phenomonally strong athletes who do have 10 to 20 years of sport specific experience- such as Bolton has- under their belt is problematic to say the least.[/quote]
in my opinion, an 830+ pound raw full squat and raw deadlift are going to go a long way any way you twist it. And I don’t doubt those numbers at all.
Haven’t weightlifting totals barely moved at all in most weight classes, if you disregard the removing of the old records? It seems like they have hovered very close to their current marks for quite a while. I mean there are so many people who have snatched 200kg, and so few who have gotten over 210, and this is over decades. IMO that has to say a LOT about human strength in that movement. Once you get ideal body type, training, technique and build strength up and up it seems to always hit that area in the Olympics. We’ve seen a 210kg snatch from a 110- and if you let guys get as big as they want after that, only 6kg is added on the snatch and that’s never been duplicated!
I definitely WANT to see the numbers go up and up but I don’t really think they have been
my 2 cents.