Julius Maddox is arguably one of the strongest and most popular weight lifters. He currently holds the all-time world record in the bench press – 355 kilograms (782 pounds) gross – and aims to become the first man to bench press 800 pounds (362.8 kilograms) gross in a competition of sanctioned powerlifting. However, Maddox is making headlines not for his bench press but his squat this time around.
On April 5, 2022, he posted a video on Instagram of himself hitting a raw 775lb squat for a single in practice, then claiming to have hit an 820lb squat using a transformer bar. Kabuki force. He performed the lift without using a lifting belt or knee pads.
You can check out video of Maddox’s personal best squat in the video below, courtesy of his Instagram page. The Kentucky native did not say how much he weighed at the time of the lifts. However, his competitive bodyweight hovers around 450 pounds.
Although Maddox claims to have achieved a personal best raw squat of 820 pounds in the same session, he has not posted a video of the lift. He also called the personal best “sloppy”, implying he may not have made it to a sanctioned powerlifting competition.
Julius Maddox competed in 16 sanctioned powerlifting competitions throughout his career, but never competed in any other event except the bench press.
The 34-year-old powerlifter last competed at the 2021 WRPF Hybrid Showdown III, where he hit a bench press of 355 kilograms (782.6 pounds), setting a new all-time world record in the raw bench press. The Kentucky native broke his own previous bench press world record of 5.8 kilograms, which he set at the 2020 Arnold Sports Festival.
Iranian weightlifter Danial Zamani is the only man to bench press 800 pounds gross. Zamani’s 365 kilogram (804.7 pound) raw bench press is unofficial as he completed the lift in training. Zamani and Maddox were scheduled to face off in a bench press contest at Iron Wars V on January 24, 2022, but the contest was postponed for unknown reasons.
It will be interesting to see if Maddox breaks his monogamous relationship with the bench press at his next competition or stays true to the bench and trains for his goal of becoming the first man to officially bench press 800 pounds.
Maddox attempted to break the 800-pound bench press barrier twice, but missed on both attempts. He first attempted a 363-kilogram (800.3-pound) raw bench press on June 20, 2020 at Beasts of the Bench, but failed as event watchers improperly loaded the bar. He then attempted an 800-pound lift at Wrigley Field on August 23, 2021 and missed.
Maddox rarely posts videos of his squat workouts. Could he be training for a full powerlifting meet? May be. He has not publicly stated what his intentions are. Also, while Maddox is undoubtedly a strong dude, he has catch-up in the other two lifts.
Currently, Ray Williams holds the all-time heaviest raw squat record with a lift of 490 kilograms (1,080 pounds). And Benedikt Magnusson shot 440 kilograms (970 pounds) in 2005, which is still the record. It’s unclear what Maddox is raising, but in an Instagram post from February 2022, he says he’s shooting “775 to 825 [pounds]”.
Of course, he would smash the current all-competition bench press record, which is 325 kilograms (717 pounds) set by Thomas Davis in September 2021.
This is all speculation, and only time will tell what Maddox has planned. One thing we know for sure: the man knows how to create the hype.
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