Jonas Rantanen Breaks World Record Squat

Jonas Rantanen broke the squat world record for the all time heaviest squat on 10/8/11 at Bullfarm. He came out with a 575kg(1,265lb) squat, 390kg(858lb) bench press, and a 375kg(825lb) deadlift for a 1340kg(2948lb) total at a body weight of 140kgs(308lbs).

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20 thoughts on “Jonas Rantanen Breaks World Record Squat”

  1. That was not low at all! I have a friend named Jordan Schofield who can squat 900 pounds and goes down twice as low. He plans on breaking your record. Watch out! L

    1. Who’s your friend? You sound like you’re just blowing smoke at one of the strongest men in history, and I have no respect for that. Internet loser.

  2. Squats are commonly performed to varying depths. Squatting below parallel qualifies a squat as deep while squatting above it qualifies as shallow. Some authorities caution against deep squats; though the forces on the ACL and PCL decrease at high flexion, compressive forces on the minisci and articular cartilages in the knee peak at these same high angles. A proper squat for world record regulation is a parallel squat, meaning the center of the thigh is even with the ground. It sure does look that way to me from the video.

    1. He didn’t actually squat that. He should have at least made a 90 degree angle with his thigh and calf. I sure did not see that.

  3. At 1:14 his quads / thighs are exactly parallel with the floor. No more, no less. Economy of motion. This is a record and shows that he knows the exact movement to meet the requirement and break the record without wasted motion. Lots of experienced technique at play here.

    Sure, you will see other lifters yelling, screaming, going far deeper than required to meet the definition of a squat. And?

  4. This kind of squat is why I prefer the dead-lift as a competition lift and test of actual strength. Except in the case of bizarre physiology (Lamar Gant, anyone?), there are very few corners to cut in the deadlift.

    Regardless of the definition of a valid squat, watching this video I feel like the man is showcasing equipment and technique more than strength, which runs against the ethos of power lifting. His spotters are in physical contact with his body and take some weight off the lift, he is wearing a suit that does some of the lifting for him, and his depth and stance are such that the weight travels a very short distance.

    Cheating in spirit, if not on paper, still seems like cheating to me, and depends on the integrity of the paper. Sadly, some power-lifting organizations have let these loopholes become institutionalized. Here’s to hoping this kind of squat goes the way of the clean and press.

  5. these so called power lifters are clowns today.they were bench shirts that put any were beetween 150 to 350 pounds on there natural bench.same thing with sqaut suits and wraps.im 49 years old been lifting since i was around 19 and always was known to be very strong in the the three lifts natural.the other day i daedlifted 315 for 31 reps no belt at 210 lbs and 48 years old.i dont wear a belt sqaut suit or wraps belt when i dead lift or sqaut and i sqaut very low always bench with a pause

  6. ALSO I WOULD LIKE TO SAY GET A GRIP GUYS NEXT THING THEY WILL ALLOW IS HAND WRAPS FOR THE DEADLIFT LOL LIKE I SAID CLOWNS.

  7. THE OTHER DAY I REVERSED GRIP BENCH PRESSED 275 FOR 6 REPS ALL WITH A PAUSE ON MY CHEST AND MY LEGS IN THE AIR CROSSED TOGETHER 3 SETS

  8. I guess it was technically enough, but really there was minimal movement. And all the added support. I mean still impressive, but…

  9. I give more props to the college player that was just shown squatting 800 pounds. No squat suit, no wraps, good range of motion, and he made it look like he was squatting 300lb. That kid could easily beat this record with a little training and a suit. just my .02

  10. I’ve read the replies to this internet video, have watched the internet video, and trust the oversight of the judges involved in this contest and have a few comments.

    As for the lady, Chelsea Purvis, who says her friend goes twice as low and squats 900 lbs, that is pure Bull Defecation. To go twice as low would mean his butt rests on his ankles, and with 900 pounds your not getting up.

    As for the man, Alfredo, who says he squats probably 200 kilos raw, well when you don’t put on a suit and knee wraps, lightning bolts do not come out of your butt, you don’t start sweating chili, and your breasts don’t start lactating gasoline. You either have the raw power or you don’t. I guarantee you Alfred Belsito you don’t add 150 to 300 pounds to your squat or bench press by suits or knee wraps.

    By the way Alfred Belsito thank you for telling us your Herculean feats of strength with reverse grip bench press, and I know you were being modest, and didn’t want to state the fact that you placed the stars in the sky, and single handedly hurled the moon into orbit graciously giving us ocean tides and weather patterns.

    My point is this man broke the world record, attested by judges who know more than the high school power lifter, or the weekend warrior who thinks that Michelangelo should have sculpted him rather than a statue of David. Suits and knee wraps or for safety, or would you prefer anal hernias, dislocated spinal disks, torn meniscuses, ACL & MCL injuries, dislocations of the knee joint. The guys a stud, a magnificent human specimen of strength, and before you try to discredit him or throw crap at him, put on knee wraps, a lifting suit, along with 1265 lbs on to his “dishonest” squat rack, and you push it up.

    Otherwise shut up.

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