Less than three months after Petr Petras took the all-time world record raw total with wraps from Dan Bell, Bell reclaimed the record in monumental fashion at the Hybrid Showdown 3 in Miami, FL on Feb. 21, 2021. Bell totaled 1,182.5 kilograms (2,607 pounds). He is the first lifter ever to achieve this total in the Raw With Wraps category.
Bell came in at 396 pounds (180 kilograms), which placed him in the over 140-kilogram category. He opened his day by breezing through three easy back squats. The first was for 465 kilograms (1,025 pounds), followed by 483 kilograms (1,065 pounds). He rounded out the first lift of the day by tying the world record with 500 kilograms (1,102 pounds), which frankly looked like a speed rep. You can watch Bell’s 500-kilogram squat below, courtesy of King Of The Lifts’ Instagram account.
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Next up was the bench press. Once again, Bell went three for three. His opener was 250 kilograms (551 pounds), and then he moved on to 267.5 kilograms (590 pounds). That second attempt went up just as fast. Bell then finished up on the bench press with an easy 272.5-kilogram (600-pound press). He performed all three presses with a false grip, which is when the lifter neglects to wrap his or her thumb around the barbell while pressing.
He placed his stake on the world record in the first attempt on the deadlift, where he pulled 390 kilograms (859 pounds) rather easily. Wanting to tack on even more weight to his freshly minted ATWR, Bell approached the bar for a second attempt, this time with 410 kilograms (904.5 pounds) on the bar. Bell stood up so fast with the weight that he took steps with the bar, causing him to get red-lighted. He gave it one last try on the final attempt of his day and nailed it. As a result, he is now the first man to total over 1,179 kilograms (2,600 pounds) ever in the Raw With Wraps category.
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The Hybrid Performance meet featured a who’s who in powerlifting. Julius Maddox showed up and set a new raw all-time world record on the bench press of 355 kilograms (782.6 pounds). Jon Call, aka Jujimufu, was also there, as was deadlift phenom Jamal Browner.
With this display of powerlifting mastery, Bell now has both the Raw With Wraps and Raw total in his possession again. He set the raw mark in February of 2020 with a total of 1,126 kilograms (2,485 pounds) and then managed to tack an extra 55 kilograms onto that performance a year later. Where does Bell go from here? We’re not sure. But for now, the man deserves a rest day.
Featured image: @hybridperformancemethod on Instagram