Jimmy Kolb has absolutely dominated equipped bench press and has his record back.
It has been three months since Jimmy Kolb lost the all-time equipped bench press world record. Over the weekend, the powerlifter was able to reclaim his title with an insane 598.7kg (1,320lb) bench press.
Kolb competed in the 2022 IPA Pennsylvania Powerlifting Championships on Feb. 26-27. Some elite powerlifters gathered in York, PA for the event and Kolb stole the show by gaining his record back. He took to Instagram to share the lift and show what he is able to do.
“HUGE THANK YOU TO @UNLEASHDSTRENGTH FOR SETTING UP HIS PHONE AS A BACK VIEW AND CAPTURING THIS ANGLE!
I RACKED IT AND COULDN’T MOVE UNTIL SOMEONE TOLD ME IF IT WAS GOOD OR NOT. SURREAL.”
In November 2021, Tiny Meeker lifted 510.2kg (1,124.8lb) to take the record away from Kolb. This was quickly broken by Bill Gillespie, who set a new mark of 512.5kg (1,129.9lb) before announcing his retirement. Gillespie accomplished his feat at the 2022 365Strong New Year Power Bash. This was the final accomplishment for Gillespie I his long career. Now, Kolb has it back.
Kolb is 31 years old and has excelled in bench press over the course of his career. Beginning competition in 2009, Kolb has been an elite lifter for years now but has reached world-record status in 2020. At this time, it will be interesting to see if any other lifter can reach this number. Kolb could hold it for a long time and even build on it if he is able.
Not only did Jimmy Kolb set the world record in equipped bench press, he set the mark for the heaviest lift of all time. This record was previously held by Nathan Baptist. In 2021 at the UPA Utah Kick Off, Baptist competed an equipped squat of 595kg (1,311.7lb). Kolb was able to top this record, which takes bench press, deadlifts, and squats into account.
This is a lift that will be chased for quite some time. Jimmy Kolb did something that has never been done before, not just in bench press, but in any lift. That is as impressive as it gets.