Amit Sapir Is the First Man to Hold the Squat Record in 4 Weight Classes Simultaneously

The Israeli bodybuilder and powerlifter Amit Sapir just squatted 762.5 pounds (345.9 kilograms) weighing 181 pounds (82 kilograms), an official UPA world record. He pulled off the lift raw and with knee wraps at this weekend’s UPA meet, “Iron Battle on the Mississippi,” which took place in Dubuque, Iowa.

This is a barbell squat of over 4.2 times his bodyweight.

There have been a few jokes along the lines of, “Well, at least he didn’t kill the spotters this time,” a reference to an APA meet from October last year.

This was the second time Sapir dropped the bar attempting to squat 347.5kg (755 pounds) and as you can see, he appeared to yell at his spotter afterward. Rumors circulated that this got Sapir banned from the APA and WPA, but Sapir wrote that he was only upset at himself and hadn’t received any ban.

Anyway, his squat from the weekend is pretty significant. It was a world record, sure. That’s pretty good. But Sapir, who is already the most successful Israeli bodybuilder in the IFBB, had a loftier goal: to hold a squat record in four separate weight classes.

And the man has succeeded.

Over on Powerlifting Watch, Sapir is now listed as the world record holder for the squat with wraps in the 181lb weight class, but he holds the world record in three other classes without wraps.


He thanked his sponsors at Biotest and wrote,

Seeing my name on this list in four categories at once has been a goal for so long for me and this accomplishment is probably the thing I’m the most proud of in my athletic career!

Remembering the Squats

In April 2016, he set an APA world record in the 198-pound weight class with an 804-pound (364.7lb) squat.

About six months earlier, he set a UPA world record in the next weight class of 220 pounds with an 821-pound (372.4kg) squat. He actually broke the world record three times at this meet: 788 pounds, 804 pounds, and 821 pounds.

And in July 2016, just three months after hitting the APA world record, Sapir gained almost fifty pounds and hit a UPA world record of 828 pounds (375.6lb) in the 242-pound weight class. That one we can’t find footage for, but we think three videos of a man breaking three squat world records in three different weight classes is pretty impressive on its own!

Featured image via Powerlifting Watch on YouTube.

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