Achieving a personal best in the garage is no easy feat, we know that. What do you think of a Squat PR of over 400kg?
Of course, we all dream of doing dizzying numbers in the box and, in fact, even for the famous it is no different. Powerlifter and strongman (he calls himself a powerbuilder!) Larry "Wheels" Williams is well known for his impossible feats (and for some creepy snatches too!)
This time, however, he slightly exaggerated and something a little peculiar happened ... Are you curious?
The Wheels Instagram post
It was September 16 and a video of one of his squatting definitely heavy, "superheroes" stuff.
You see the rack, a super-loaded barbell and suspension straps (which serve to hold the bar in case of a drop). Judging from the footage, the powerbuilder was pulling up approximately 900 lbs (408 kg).
As seen in the video, Williams complete the eccentric portion of the squat before letting go because he suffered a quadriceps injury, midway on the ascent:
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The accident seems to happen suddenly, when he now seemed to have completed the exercise. The athlete remains standing while two of his helpers stabilize the weight, captured by the suspension straps.
The words of Larry “Wheels” Williams
“I had a little accident that I thought might be scar tissue a few days before this lift,” Williams said. “It ended up being a real tear in the muscle. Everything was going great until I tore my quad in half 😅 Another day in the office! "
It is unclear when Wheels' injury occurred compared to when the video was released. He was supposed to compete in the Revolution Powerlifting Syndicate (RPS) Long Island Insurextion in Farmingdale on September 11, but apparently did not participate as his name does not appear on the leaderbord.
The athlete reiterated that he had received medical treatment for his quadriceps injury and that he is an "intramuscular tear, with tendon still attached" was diagnosed.
(well, what luck!)
Williams estimates his recovery will last from 10 to 14 days or so before the quadriceps have healed enough to be able to load it again.
Larry Wheels - Powerlifting Record
Williams currently holds two raw world records, in the 140-kilogram weight class for the Bench press and total, according to Open Powerlifting:
Bench Press - 292.5 kg (644.9 lbs)
Total - 1,075 kg (2,370 lbs):