Nick set two masters powerlifting world records one year after tearing his lat

Just over a year to the day after sustaining a torn bar at the 2021 Kern US Open, powerlifter and strongman legend Nick Best returned to the platform at the 2022 World Raw Powerlifting Federation (WRPF) FQ Classic in Las Vegas. , NV, on Sunday , May 1, 2022.

The strongman and powerlifter set two WRPF world records in the Masters 50-54, 140 kilograms raw with wraps category. Best squatted 372.5 kilograms (821.5 pounds) and deadlifted 337.5 kilograms (744 pounds) later in the meeting.

Best reposted an Instagram story of his squat on May 1, 2022. A screenshot of that story can be seen below:

A photo from an Instagram story in which powerlifter Nick Best squats 372.5 kilograms
Image Courtesy of @vegassupernova on Instagram Stories

Editor’s note: best told BarBend that he set the squat world record and WRPF National deadlift record. However, the WRPF page on Open Powerlifting lists Best’s squat and deadlift as world records. BarBend has asked both Open Powerlifting and the WRPF for clarification. We’ll update this article if and when we hear something.

The summary of Best’s meet is below:

  • squat — 372.5 kilograms (821.5 pounds) | WRPF National Record
  • Bank Press — 209.5 kilograms (462 pounds)
  • Deadlift — 337.5 kilograms (744 pounds) | WRPF National Record
  • Total — 919.5 kilograms (2,027.5 pounds)

In a phone conversation with BarBendBest says this is the 26th year he has cracked over £800 and amassed a total of over £2,000 in a sanctioned encounter.

“I’m in a bit of pain, but overall I’m very happy with how the meeting went and I’m proud of the achievement,” Best said. “I’m also very happy with the bench because given that I couldn’t move a 2.5-pound dumbbell after my surgery, benching 462 is pretty good now.”

For context: Best’s bench press at the FQ meeting is 11 kilograms less than his best ever in competition.

This is Best’s first full encounter since he tore his bar at the Kern US Open on April 24, 2021 while trying to lift 372.5 kilograms. His record attempt at the FQ Classic is a sign that all the attention he paid to his recovery has paid off. Even though he didn’t make £800 in this match, it’s in his sights.

It will be back in the 800s in four to five months.

Best currently holds four WRPF world records in the Masters 50-54, 140 kilograms category – a 220 kilograms bench press, a total of 920 kilograms and now a 337.5 kilograms deadlift and 372.5 kilograms squat.

The 53-year-old is far from done with competing this year. He will return to Strongman in 2022 at the 2022 Clash of the Masters on July 23 in Colombia, MO. Best then competes in the 2022 Masters World’s Strongest Man competition, which he won earlier in his career. He told BarBend that he would also do a powerlifting meeting before the end of the year.

Featured Image: @vegassupernova on Instagram

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