Powerlifter Julius Maddox, the world's strongest bench presser, has been vocal about his ambition to be the first person to successfully lift 800 pounds (362kg) in the raw bench press. This weekend, after months of training, he will finally make his attempt.
The event will go out on CoreSports' 'Beasts of the Bench' live-stream on Saturday June 20, at 12 p.m. EST, as part of its ongoing World's Ultimate Strongman series. You can also watch live via the Rogue Fitness YouTube channel.
If Maddox succeeds in his attempt, he'll be taking the bench press world record from himself—a second time. He first set the record in August 2019 when he lifted 739.6 pounds, and then beat his own record at the Arnold Classic this year with a press of 770 pounds (349kg).
Maddox has been keeping fans apprised of how he's progressing in his bench press training, posting regular gym updates as he works his way up to 800 pounds. Just a week ago, he shared a clip of a bench session where he cranked out two reps at 725 pounds (328kg)—where the world record stood just five years ago.
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"This journey has been long, since the beginning of the coronavirus," he said in the training clip. "I have had the most consecutive training sessions as far as no injuries, everything moving fluidly... My whole thought process over these past two months is, can a person recover from that? Can I actually recover from missing two of the biggest lifts of my life, to going into meet day and putting up an 800 pound bench? I'm in this mindset of when the time comes, I'm going to produce. And I continue to say nothing is going to stop me."
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