The Arnold expo happened recently and scrolling through my social media feed I saw several incredible lifts including a few new all-time world records. In my book All About Powerlifting I listed the All-Time World Records for each lift but it has been a few years and some of them have changed. In addition I thought it would be cool to have a resource where the records are listed along with video links so you can see the mighty feat yourself. I want to give a shout out to powerliftingwatch.com, they do a good job of updating records and rankings and that is a site I would encourage any serious lifter to check out.
One problem with powerlifting is that we are not perfectly unified. It would be great for me to simply list the best squat, bench, and deadlift and be done with it (like one might do the for the Olympic Lifts) but alas in powerlifting we have several divisions. Is it a tested lift or not? Was it done in gear? How strict was the federation? As I believe multiply lifting is essentially a different animal I am not going to list the multiply records here, they can be found on powerliftingwatch.com if you are so inclined to check them out.
Here are some All-Time Powerlifting World Records along with a few other videos of contested lifts thrown in for good measure.
|All Time Raw Tested* Squat||Ray Williams||939 lbs||https://youtu.be/TeHMqX9GGjY|
|All Time Raw w/wraps Squat||Andrey Malanichev||1047 lbs||https://youtu.be/NwLbv4rMqw0|
|All Time Single Ply Tested Squat||Blaine Summer||1102 lbs||https://youtu.be/Z2WAgwkXwmg|
* Ray’s record is also the untested raw squat record as his lift was higher than that lift
Of note Mark Henry still has the highest raw w/wraps tested squat at 953 lbs.
|All Time Raw Tested Bench||James Henderson||710 lbs||No video is available to the best of my knowledge
This was also done in a full meet
|Previous All Time Raw Bench||Eric Spoto||722 lbs||https://youtu.be/xwzXjry6s6g|
|New All Time Raw Bench||Kirill Sarychev||738 lbs||https://youtu.be/BOeRI6MDyns|
|All Time Raw Tested Deadlift||K Konstantinovs||939 lbs||https://youtu.be/wh-ikyBAQr8|
|All Time Raw Deadlift*||Benedikt Magnusson||1015 lbs||https://youtu.be/5M13EBl_jF0|
* Note Benedikt’s 1015 pull is also higher than any equipped deadlift
|All Time Raw Tested Total||Ray Williams||2223 lbs||https://youtu.be/H0MWlCz0eOY
This video is to Ray’s 2205 lb total performance
|All Time Raw w/wraps Tested Total||Mark Henry||2336 lbs||https://youtu.be/RMPMRKOkmjE
This video is to Mark’s 2313 lb total performance
|All Time Raw w/wraps Total||Andrey Malanichev||2502 lbs||https://youtu.be/KzZTi5pT6nw|
|All Time Tested Strict Curl||Dmitry Golovin||203 lbs||No link available|
|Previous All Time Strict Curl||CT Fletcher||225 lbs||https://youtu.be/Hb9le4PE5r4|
|New All Time Strict Curl||Denis Cyplenkov||249 lbs||https://youtu.be/d-xTDSuet1E|
Clean and Press
|Clean and Press||Vasily Alexeev||507 lbs||https://youtu.be/7erVblY7aiU|
In my opinion this lift is still the most impressive feat of strength I have seen. I believe it was performed in 1972.
It is exciting to see what the maximum that humans are capable of and it is fun to see the records grow over time. What will be the next all-time record to fall? What will be the biggest squat, bench, and deadlift we see in this century? Is there anyone alive now that clean and press over 500 lbs? Only time will tell.