Weightlifters may not compete in the squat like their powerlifting counterparts, but they undeniably have some of the strongest legs in the game. On June 30, 2023, Japanese weightlifter Eishiro “Tank” Murakami (+109KG) posted a staggering set of back squats to social media — 300 kilograms, or 661.3 pounds, for 10 ass-to-grass repetitions.
Heavy back squats may be a common aspect of any high-level Olympic lifter’s training regimen, but a 10-rep-max is exceedingly uncommon to witness in a weightlifting gym. For Murakami, it was just another day on the job.
Aided by the world’s sturdiest pair of knee sleeves and the assistance of not one but three spotters, Murakami banged out 10 clean high-bar back squat reps in less than 30 seconds. That’s not only world-class horsepower in the squat, but it goes a long way toward explaining why Murakami holds several Japanese national championship titles to his name, as well as national records in the snatch, clean & jerk, and Total.
Why Weightlifters Squat
Professional Olympic lifters like Murakami are judged on their capabilities in only two movements; the snatch and the clean & jerk. As such, proficiency in the barbell squat isn’t a pre-requisite to excel in the sport. That said, you’d be hard-pressed to find an accomplished weightlifter who doesn’t squat on a basically-daily basis.
Weightlifters like Murakami use the back squat as one of their principal accessory exercises to develop general leg strength between big competitions. Squat are easier to load and don’t have the same intricate technique as the explosive and acrobatic snatch or clean. As such, the weightlifter can develop an impressive reserve of leg strength, aiding them on meet day when it comes time to power a barbell overhead.
Murakami has cultivated a strong social media following for his uncommonly-heavy lifting: He’s published lifts like a 365-kilogram (804.6-pound) squat personal record, a 160-kilogram (352.7-pound) overhead press, and more. With strength like this at his disposal, it’s only a matter of time before Murakami finds himself on the podium at an international weightlifting meet.
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Featured Image: @tank_murakami on Instagram
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