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Weightlifter Jimmy Kolb Sets World Record Hitting The Heaviest Ever Bench Press In History At 508 Kg

In what is being termed as a 'world record', a powerlifter made history after recording the heaviest bench press ever at the 2021 International Powerlifting Association (IPA) Strength Spectacular Powerlifting Championships.

According to a report in LADbible, Jimmy Kolb benched 1,120-pounds (508 kilograms) while wearing a single-ply suit and took home a gold medal in the 140kg weight class of the Bench Press-only competition.

Kolb is known for his insane ability to bench press with heavy weight, but this time he did something something that no other human has done before. 

He had earlier competed in January at an event in Bellmawr, New Jersey where he completed a bench press of 1,050 pounds (476.2 kilograms). Then in March, he raised the bar again when he upped his bench weight to 1,080.3 pounds at another event. So, his new feat shouldn't come as a surprise as he was on his way to breaking the bench press world record.

After his incredible achievement, he paid tribute to those who managed to get him to this point in his career.It takes a big team of people working together to get one man to this record, it would seem.

He shared a post on Instagram celebrating his remarkable achievement, writing: "Everyone always gives the lifter the credit when they do something badass... but I COULD NOT have done what I did yesterday without this family."

Taking a scroll through his Instagram feed is wild. He’s just casually putting up over a thousand pounds on the bench press while training for competitions and poised to break world records.

Jimmy KolbInstagram/kolbstrong

Prior to Jimmy Kolb setting a new bench press world record, the previous record was held by Will Barotti, who bench pressed 501.2 kilograms (1,105 pounds) in a multi-ply suit. That was an astounding lift because it was heavier than the heaviest deadlift ever caught on film — 501 kilograms (1,104 pounds) by 2018 World’s Strongest Man Hafthor Björnsson.


World Best Bench Press Scores

The bench press test is a test of upper body strength, and for many weightlifters is considered the criterion measure of strength. Being able to bench your body weight is a target for many, but the record for the most weight bench pressed is much greater than that.

It must be noted that the different federations have subtly different rules on technique, the equipment that is allowed and whether performance enhancing drugs are tested for. With the advent of bench press shirts, which aid the lift by supporting the lifter's shoulders and provide upward force, the world records have increased significantly.

The current world record "raw" bench press (without a bench shirt) is 350kg / 770 lbs set by Julius Maddox Of Owensboro, Ky, USA in March 2020. These 'raw' records were achieved using wrist wraps. To be considered raw, no bench shirts are allowed; however, wrist wraps, singlets and belts are allowed. (see record video).

With the aid of a bench press shirt, the current record is by Tiny Meeker, who pressed 1102 lb / 500 kg in 2013. See videos of bench press record attempts.

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Old Comments

Commenting is closed on this page, though you can read some previous comments below which may answer some of your questions.

  • Aj Allen (2020)
    Julius Maddox set a new raw bench press record @ 770lbs and is going for 800lbs next! - updated! (rob, admin)
  • Marwan Razouk (2020)
    Dino Bravo broke the record at 712 during the 1988 Royal Rumble!
  • Dmiley214 (2014)
    actually as of 2013 Eric D. Spoto "Vanilla Gorilla" holds the raw record of 722lbs .....yes mendelson was out benched! - Rob Admin - Thanks, updated now, with video!
  • Rosbo (2015)
    The actual record is held by Kyrill Sarychev. - Rob Admin - Thanks, I have updated the results
  • Tony Zackery (2020)
    Who cares about how much he beat the previous record by??? He's the record holder. Period.
  • Robin Cook (2018)
    So in 1976 I was shown a Folsom Prison inmate "yearbook", an archive if you will of inmate photos doing various activities. I do not remember the exact date of the yearbook, but in it was a photo of an inmate that I knew casually, named Big Lonnie Erickson (so named because he has a son named Little Lonnie Erickson). Under the photo was the caption "Big Lonnie Erickson sets the "unofficial" raw bench press world record at 770 lbs. (unofficial because he was incarcerated). He was a huge man standing 6'7" and weighing in at about 280 lbs. of solid muscle. He was built like an "X" if you know what I mean. BTW, he was serving a term for manslaughter for killing a man with his bare hands after the man had shot him in the back 7 times.
  • Adam (2016)
    This site needs to rethink who finds the info for them. The world record is not Ryan Kennelly at 1075lbs. It's tiny meeker at 1102lbs.
  • Gerbilcrusader Adam (2016)
    That was not official and he didn't lock as far as USPF/IPF rules! I think that's the heaviest attempted and performed but not official and Guinness world book of records. Official or unofficial it is an amazing feat. Strongmen have a hard time dead lifting that or squatting. Full competition requires all three lift totals!
  • Natelast week - Vince McMahon said Big John Stud benched 750 and if it happens on a wrestling show you can trust its real!
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Progression of the bench press world record

Weight Year Record Gear 320 kg (705 lb)1985Ted Arcidi first presses 307.5 kg (678 lb)[21] and then becomes the first man to bench press over 700 lb with a lift of 705.75 lb (320 kg),[22] performed without wrist wraps, but with one of the first prototype supportive bench press shirts, which was 50% polyester and 50% cotton and only one layer thick.[1][23]shirt326 kg (718 lb)1990Ted Arcidi presses 326 kg (718 lb) at the APF Bench Press Invitational on September 30 in Keene, New Hampshire.[24]shirt329 kg (725 lb)1993Anthony Clark presses 329 kg (725 lb) in May and then on September 25, breaks his own record with a 333.5 kg (735 lb) lift at the USPF Northwest Open.[25]shirt335 kg (738 lb)1994Anthony Clark presses 335 kg (738 lb).[26][27]shirt335.5 kg (740 lb)1995Jamie Harris presses 335.5 kg (740 lb) at the APF State Championships in March 1995.[27][28][29]shirt336 kg (741 lb)1995Chris Confessore presses 336 kg (741 lb) at only 236 lb (107 kg) bodyweight on June 17, 1995.[26]shirt340 kg (750 lb)1995Anthony Clark presses 339 kg (748 lb) and 340 kg (750 lb) at the Great Bench Press of America Meet in Texas.[30]shirt349 kg (770 lb)1996Anthony Clark presses 349 kg (770 lb) and later 354 kg (780 lb) in September 1996 at the Mr. Olympia.[30]shirt356 kg (785 lb)1997Anthony Clark presses 356 kg (785 lb).[30]shirt364 kg (802 lb)1999Tim Isaac is the first man to bench press over 800 lb* with a lift of 802 lb (364 kg) on July 24 in Phoenix, Arizona.[31][32]shirt408 kg (900 lb)2003Gene Rychlak is the first man to bench press 900 lb (408 kg).[33]shirt455 kg (1,004 lb)2004Gene Rychlak is the first man to bench press over 1,000 lb with a lift of 1,004 lb (455 kg) in November.[34]shirt457 kg (1,008 lb)2006Scot Mendelson presses 457 kg (1,008 lb) (February 18) in a powerlifting exhibition called Fit Expo in Pasadena, California.[34][35]shirt458 kg (1,010 lb)2006Gene Rychlak presses 458 kg (1,010 lb) (December 16).[36]shirt470 kg (1,036 lb)2007Ryan Kennelly presses 470 kg (1,036 lb) (September 22–23).[37]shirt476 kg (1,050 lb)2007Ryan Kennelly presses 476 kg (1,050 lb) on December 1, at the APA Northwest Open in Kennewick, Washington.[38]shirt485 kg (1,070 lb)2008Ryan Kennelly presses 485 kg (1,070 lb) on April 12, at the APA Northwest Iron War in Kennewick, Washington.[39]shirt487 kg (1,074 lb)2008Ryan Kennelly presses 487 kg (1,074 lb) (July 13).[40][41]shirt487.5 kg (1,075 lb)2008Ryan Kennelly presses 487.5 kg (1,075 lb) on November 8, at the Pride Strength Wars in Kennewick, Washington.[42][43]shirt488.5 kg (1,077 lb)2013Tiny Meeker presses 488.5 kg (1,077 lb) on April 13, at the SPF Texas State Powerlifting Championship.[44]shirt500 kg (1,102 lb)2013Tiny Meeker presses 500 kg (1,102 lb) at the Cajun Hardcore Powerlifting Meet, December 14 in Buena, Texas.[45][46][47]shirt501 kg (1,105 lb)2020Will Barotti presses 501 kg (1,105 lb) on June 20 at the Metal Militia Power Wars.[48][49][50][51][52]shirt503.5 kg (1,110 lb)2020Will Barotti presses 503.5 kg (1,110 lb) on December 12 at the Metal Militia World Championships.[53]shirt508 kg (1,120 lb)2021Jimmy Kolb presses 508 kg (1,120 lb) on June 27 at the IPA Strength Spectacular Powerlifting Championships.[54]shirt

Bench press world record: Jimmy Kolb does lift Eddie Hall & Hafthor Bjornsson would be proud of

If you're currently enjoying an endorphin rush following a great gym workout, perhaps now is the time to look away.

It is all because an American powerlifter has just broken the all-time world record for the heaviest bench press in history.

For those not involved in the discipline, bodybuilding and weightlifting can seem a bit of a weird past time to enjoy. For those that are involved, however, it is exciting and exhilarating.

In most sports, world records are broken fairly regularly, whether it be a quickest knockout in boxing or fastest goal in football.

For power lifting, though, there has been one record that has withstood the test of time. That is until now.

Jimmy Kolb has broken the all-time world record for the heaviest bench press by lifting a whopping 508 kilograms (1,120lbs) at the 2021 International Powerlifting Association's Strength Spectacular Powerlifting Championships in Pennsylvania.

Kolb has reportedly been on track to defeat the record having completed a series of challenges at events in the build-up to the event in northeast America.

A video shared on Instagram showed Kolb as he completed the impressive feat and afterwards  he paid tribute to all those who supported him on his journey.

He said: "Everyone always gives the lifter the credit when they do something bada**... but I COULD NOT have done what I did yesterday without this family."

He added: "Thank you for not only being my friend, spotter, and team member but for bringing this community together."

"Thank you for being my handlers, hand off crew, and always being there to keep me put together and healthy.

"I love you guys and I'm so proud to call each of you my team mates and friends.

"Thank you for all you do for ME, I only hope to give back to each of you what you give to me."

His 508-kilogram lift means he broke the previous record by around 6.8 kilograms (15lbs).

Open Powerlifting claim he has competed in 29 powerlifting events since turning 18 - winning 21 and being disqualified from eight.

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