Powerlifter John Haack Matches World Record Squat With New PR
Haack’s impressive squat PR is a sizable step toward another potential World Record.
As the owner of the bench press, deadlift, and total World Records in the 90-kilogram weight class, John Haack is one of powerlifting’s biggest active superstars. If his latest feat of strength says anything, the powerful athlete might soon possess yet another record.
On July 17, 2022, over his Instagram, Haack shared footage of himself squatting 365 kilograms (804.7 pounds) raw for a new personal record (PR) during a training session. Haack’s current all-time raw competition best is a 339.9-kilogram (749.5-pound) squat from the 2021 World Raw Powerlifting Federation (WRPF) The Bucked Up Showdown.
What might be even more noteworthy about Haack’s new PR is the unique position it puts him in. Haack’s PR matches Amit Sapir’s all-time raw squat World Record of 365 kilograms (804.7 pounds) in the 90-kilogram weight class. Sapir achieved the official figure at the 2015 Canadian Powerlifting League (CPL) Vancouver PRO-AM Expo.
According to the caption of Haack’s Instagram post, he figures to take this squat PR to the 2022 WRPF American Pro. That contest will occur in Manassas, VA, on July 29-30, 2022. If Haack perhaps even betters his PR, he would be the owner of each of the squat, bench press, deadlift, and total World Records in the 90-kilogram division.
Haack’s most recent contest, the 2022 United States Powerlifting Association (USPA) Hybrid Showdown 4, saw him compete in the 100-kilogram weight class. However, as his Instagram post reads, Haack has reduced his weight back to the 90-kilogram category. Haack has competed in the 90-kilogram division in five contests since January 2020.
Here are Haack’s all-time raw competition bests as a 90-kilogram competitor throughout his career:
John Haack (90KG) | All-Time Raw Competition Bests
Squat — 339.9 kilograms (749.5 pounds)
Bench Press — 263 kilograms (579.8 pounds) | All-Time World Record
Deadlift — 402.5 kilograms (887.3 pounds) | All-Time World Record
Total — 1,005 kilograms (2,216.7 pounds) | All-Time World Record
In a performance that was likely one of his career highlights, Haack achieved each of his bench press, deadlift, and total records at the 2021 WRPF The Bucked Up Showdown. At the time of this writing, Haack is the only 90-kilogram powerlifter to notch at least a 1,000-kilogram total.
Here are some of the more notable results from Haack’s career, who has won 10 of 11 official contests since August 2018:
John Haack | Notable Career Results
2013 USA Powerlifting (USAPL) Badger Open (Raw) — First place | Open | 83KG | First career victory
2015-2016 USAPL Raw Nationals (Raw) — First place | Open/Junior | 83KG
2016 International Powerlifting Federation (IPF) World Championships (Raw) — First place | Open | 83KG
2018-2019 USPA The Tribute (Raw) — First place | Open | 83KG
2020 WRPF The Showdown (Raw) — First place | Open | 90KG
2022 USPA Hybrid Showdown 4 (Raw) — First place | Open | 100KG
Haack is already one of the more decorated powerlifters as it stands. Owning three World Records would establish such a reputation. By the end of July 2022, he might add another unique accomplishment to his ledger.
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