Unofficial World Record: Elite Powerlifter Vlad Alkhazov Squats 1,175 Pounds In Wraps

News | Written by Jon Chambers | Updated on 27 December 2021

Elite powerlifter Vlad Alkhazov squats 1,175 pounds (532.5 kg) to set the new squat world record

In one of the craziest powerlifting training videos posted this year, elite powerlifter Vlad Alhazov squatted 532.5kg, or 1,171.5 pounds…wearing just knee wraps and a belt.

To put that into perspective, he held over half a ton of weight on his back without the use of a squat suit. That’s not strong–it’s ridiculous.

Currently, the raw world record for squats with knee wraps is 500kg (1102) pounds—lifted by Vlad on the 22nd of July last year.

Markos Markopoulos, one of his training partners, is helping to spread the word on Facebook:

“Here it is, the most shocking training vid you’ll see. Ignore the lack of calibrated plates, yes, it might be an inch high. This is Vlad Alhazov with 532.5kg. Not a typo. Enjoy.”

Vlad’s new number puts him just 42.5 kg (93.5 pounds) behind Jonas Rantanen who currently holds the 3-ply world record at 575kg (1268 pounds).

If the weight he lifted wasn’t impressive enough, the fact that he did it after a knee replacement makes insane. He suffered the traumatic knee injury while attempting to squat 1,300 pounds (fully equipped) while training at Westside Barbell and following their powerlifting programs.

If his knee wasn’t replaced with a hydraulic press, you can be sure—Vlad is one freakishly strong powerlifter.

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Jon Chambers

Jon Chambers is a powerlifter, strength coach, sports hernia expert, and writer involved in the strength training community for almost a decade on a mission to create the best strength and fitness guides on the web.