On September 12, 2022, American powerlifter John Haack shared Instagram footage where he captured a raw 275-kilogram (606.3-pound) bench press during a training session. Per the caption of his post, the successful bench press rep is a new personal record (PR) for Haack.
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According to Open Powerlifting, Haack’s new bench press mark unofficially exceeds his all-time raw competition best by 7.5 kilograms (16.6 pounds). That figure of 267.4 kilograms (589.7 pounds) from the 2022 World Raw Powerlifting Federation (WRPF) American Pro is the current all-time World Record in the 90-kilogram division.
Haack’s display of strength conveniently comes at a time when he’ll soon have the opportunity to extend his World Record. The powerlifter is preparing for the upcoming United States Powerlifting Association (USPA) Pro Raw. That competition will take place on Sept. 24, 2022, at the Brave Enough CrossFit Gym in North Kansas City, MO.
In addition to his staggering bench press record, Haack also possesses the all-time World Record deadlift and total in the 90-kilogram category. Here’s an overview of the athlete’s top all-time raw competition bests:
John Haack (90KG) | All-Time Raw Competition Bests
Squat — 345 kilograms (760.6 pounds)
Bench Press — 267.4 kilograms (589.7 pounds) | All-Time World Record
Deadlift — 410 kilograms (903.9 pounds) | All-Time World Record
Total — 1,022 kilograms (2,254.2 pounds) | All-Time World Record
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Throughout his career, Haack has established a high standard of excellence. Of 25 powerlifting contests to his name, some of which he competed in both the Open and Junior divisions, Haack has won on 21 occasions and qualified for the podium 24 times. When he competes at the USPA Pro, Haack will try to extend his winning streak to four competitions dating back to September 2021.
Here’s a rundown of notable results from Haack’s career:
John Haack | Notable Career Results
2013 USA Powerlifting (USAPL) Badger Open (Open/Raw) — First Place | First career victory
2015-2016 USAPL Raw Nationals (Open/Junior/Raw) — First place
2017 WRPF Boss of Bosses 4 (Open/Raw) — First place
2018-2019 USPA The Tribute (Open/Raw) — First place
2020 USPA Metroflex Powermania (Open/Raw) — First place
2020 WRPF The Showdown (Open/Raw) — First place
2021 WRPF Hybrid Showdown III (Open/Raw) — First place
2021 WRPF Kern US Open (Open/Raw) — Second place
2021 WRPF The Bucked Up Showdown (Open/Raw) — First place
2022 USPA Hybrid Showdown 4 (Open/Raw) — First place
2022 WRPF American Pro (Open/Raw) — First place
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Haack doesn’t have much to prove as a powerlifting superstar with a few World Records under his belt. One of the best things he could do is to continue building a legendary resume by attaining even loftier records.
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