On April 26, 2022, Olivares showed why he’s someone to watch in the powerlifting sphere when the 23-year-old locked out a 417.3-kilogram squat (920-pound) with ease during a training session.
Takes 100% effort to make something look effortless.
Olivares wore wrist straps, a lifting belt, and knee sleeves for the lift. The athlete also had three spotters on hand as a precaution, though, given how easily he completed the squat — their direct intervention was unnecessary.
Check out the casual, staggering lift below, courtesy of Olivares’ Instagram profile:
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Olivares at a Glance
Olivares may be in his early 20s, but he’s been competitive powerlifting in some capacity for almost a decade. A Texas native, Olivares began his career as a teenager with the Texas High School Powerlifting Association (THSPA) in 2013. After getting some experience and meets under his belt, he managed to win the 2014 THSPA Mustang Invitational — his first-ever victory.
From there, it’s been mostly smooth sailing for the stellar young powerlifter.
Of late, Olivares has won six straight competitions and hasn’t lost an event since 2015. To date, his peak career achievement might be a first-place finish in the 2021 International Powerlifting Federation (IPF) World Classic Powerlifting Championships while competing in the 120-kilogram-plus weight class. That has also been Olivares’ competition weight during his ongoing winning streak.
Here’s a rundown of some of the more notable results from Olivares’ ongoing career:
Jesus Olivares Notable Career Results
- 2019 USA Powerlifting (USAPL) Winter Iron Open — 1st place
- 2020 USAPL Capital City Classic — 1st place
- 2020 USAPL Collegiate Cup and Texas Open — 1st place
- 2021 USAPL Raw Nationals — 1st place
- 2021 IPF World Classic Powerlifting Championships — 1st place
- 2022 AMP Classic Open Nationals — 1st place
Olivares recently notched an unofficial world record for the 120-kilogram-plus weight class, among other feats. During the 2022 AMP Classic Open Nationals, the powerlifter pulled a 402.5-kilogram deadlift (887.3-pound) — which would’ve been the world record if achieved at an international competition. Ray Williams still holds the official all-time IPF mark with a 398.5-kilogram pull (878.5-pound) during the 2018 IPF World Classic Powerlifting Championships.
In addition, Olivares also scored a 1,110-kilogram total (2,447.1-pound) during the meet. It is the second-heaviest raw total for the 120-kilogram-plus weight class in the history of IPF powerlifting. According to Open Powerlifting, Daniel Bell holds the all-time top spot with a 1,182.5-kilogram total (2,607-pound) from the 2021 World Raw Powerlifting Federation (WRPF) Hybrid Showdown III.
Here are Olivares’ stats from his recent meet, where he broke multiple competition records in the 120-kilogram-plus weight class:
Jesus Olivares | 2022 AMP Classic Open Nationals Stats
- Squat — 450 kilograms (992 pounds) | Meet Record
- Bench Press — 257.5 kilograms (567 pounds) | Meet Record
- Deadlift — 402.5 kilograms (887.3 pounds) | Unofficial World Record | Meet Record
- Total — 1,110 kilograms (2,447.1 pounds) | Meet Record
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The Road Ahead
Olivares will continue to plug away with his training as he looks to defend his 2o21 IPF title. Considering his recent string of staggering results, he may become a repeat champion and officially log a world record or two.
The 2022 IPF World Classic Powerlifting Championships will take place on June 6-12, 2022, in Sun City, South Africa.
Featured image: @mega.gojira on Instagram