Dennis Cornelius just keeps getting stronger. The Tulsa based -120kg powerlifter routinely makes it to BarBend’s powerlifting section because the man just won’t stop adding weight to his squat. His latest feat? This earth-shaking 925-pound lift, which he said scored just 8.5 on his rate of perceived effort.
925 x 1 squat rpe 8.5 with a light wrap. Had to re-rack and add a 45 to the other side because I forgot to add it after I put my wraps on.
Now he didn’t say this was a PR but we’re pretty darn sure it was. The last time we wrote about him in January, he had just made his heaviest squat to date with 909.4 pounds (412.5 kilograms). This was just three months ago and it looks a lot tougher than the 925-pounder he made this week. Take a look.
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Since then we’ve seen a few singles from him at 835 pounds and 790 pounds, but nothing approaching this 925-pound monster lift. Cornelius currently holds the IPF world record in the -120kg class for the raw squat (386kg, made in June 2017) and the total (978.5kg, made a year earlier).
He’s currently preparing for the Kern US Open, where he’s registered as a -308lb (139.7kg) athlete. The guy’s been putting on weight. That means he’s technically slated to compete against powerlifting celebrities like Robb “Quads Like Robb” Philippus and Instagram superstar Larry “Wheels” Williams.
A squat off between Cornelius and Williams would be pretty interesting, though it’s worth emphasizing that a week ago Williams said he was weighing just 268 pounds, three weeks out from competition. That weight may put him at a disadvantage, and his latest squat PR was “just” 848 pounds.
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Look, we don’t know what class Williams is going to compete in but the point of this article is that Dennis Cornelius is mad strong. Not long after posting the 925-pound lift, he put up a set of three 675-pound pause squats…
And said that his next goal in the short term is to work up to somewhere between 940 and 960 pounds. We don’t think we’ll have to wait too long.
Featured image via @denniscornelius5000 on Instagram.