March 01, 2022
Powerlifter Jimmy Kolb just set the bar higher with a new equipped bench press all-time world record after pressing 1,320lbs (598.7kg) at the 2022 IPA Pennsylvania State Powerlifting Championships that took place in York, Pennsylvania, on February 26-27th, 2022. Records are meant to be broken, check out this ridiculous lift below!
You can see in the video above that Kolb is in a set position wearing a single ply bench shirt and wrist wraps while grabbing the bar with a wide grip. With the video shot from behind Kolb, we can see the spotters help get the bar off the rack; then, the weight is solely in Kolb’s hands.
He lowers the bar slowly to his chest until the judge gives the go ahead to press up. Kolb gets stuck for a slight second halfway up but pushes through and locks out the lift. After completing the lift, it seems as if he can't believe it himself.
Kolb weighed in at 315lbs, putting him into the 140+ weight class. Kolb still holds the equipped bench press record for the single-ply 140kg weight class from when he pressed 1,1120lbs (508kg) back in 2020.
Over the past weekend, Kolb was able to amaze us once again when he managed to break the equipped bench press all-time world record that was recently set by the 62-year-old Bill Gillespie last month where he pressed 1,129.9lbs (512.5kg) at the 2022 365Strong New Year Power Bash.
To put Kolb’s lift into perspective, it is 190.2lbs (86.3kgs) more than Gillespie’s!
Kolb's lift is also the heaviest lift of all time (Squat, Bench, Deadlift) in powerlifting history! Kolb broke Nathan Baptist’s heaviest lift of all time record of 1,331.7lbs (595kg) equipped squat performed at the 2021 UPA Utah Kick-Off Meet.
Jimmy Kolb is a competitive powerlifter that has set numerous world records throughout his lifting career. He has been in the sport for over 17 years; his first competitive powerlifting meet was in 2009 at the High School Nationals, where he competed in the 220lb class. At this meet, he was 18 years old and managed some impressive lifts, including a 562.1lb squat, 407.8lb bench press, and a 600.7lb deadlift for a 1,570.8lb total!
Since then, Kolb has continued to surprise everyone by setting 8 all-time world records and dozens of world records. In addition, Kolb served in the US military and now helps others via his website to improve their lifts, especially the bench press.
Kolb has always been partial to the bench press as his favorite exercise and has solely been focusing on improving it over the past few years. We can see all his hard work has certainly paid off with this unfathomable new all-time world record!
How much heavier do you think humans can possibly lift?
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