Nicolaas du Preez reached a familiar number in a training session.
Nicolaas du Preez seems to be taking his training to the next level and could be ready to return to competition. Despite not competing in a sanctioned competition since March 2021, du Preez has been able to maintain his huge numbers and showed it off with a 420kg (926lb) squat in training.
This was not a raw lift by du Preez considering that he used knee wraps, a lifting belt, and wrist straps. During competition, du Preez intends to compete raw with wraps. This 926-pound lift matched that of his competition-best to this point. The bar was a bit shaky but du Preez made this lift look easy, meaning there might be plenty more in the tank.
“420 💨 WASTED A LOT OF ENERGY, AT SEVERAL INSTANCES, THAT’S ALL I CAN SAY. STILL MOVED WELL SO EH 🤷🏻♀️ LAST SQUAT BEFORE #ELITERAW. TIME TO REST UP. 12 DAYS OUT”
Nicolaas du Preez has been training for the 2022 RPC Elite Raw powerlifting competition. This will take place on May 14 in South Africa. du Preez is looking shredded as he continues to prepare for competition. He has been able to maintain a bodyweight of 275 pounds as he inches closer and closer to the event.
Competing in the 125kg weight class, du Preez has a chance to do something that only two other men has done. Zahir Khudayarov and Eric Lilliebridge are the only competitors from this division to total over 1,050kg (2,315lb). When looking at some of his recent lifts, du Preez has a chance to reach this mark.
In recent training sessions, Nicolaas du Preez has put up some big numbers. Aside from this squat, du Preez has reached a 255kg (562.5lb) bench press and 405kg (893lb) deadlift. In his career, du Preez has competed in six competitions and is undefeated to this point.
Nicolaas du Preez Competition Best Lifts
- Squat: 420 kg (925.9 lbs) – 2021 WPC-SA Power Wars
- Bench Press: 245 kg (540.1 lbs) – 2021 WPC-SA Power Wars
- Deadlift: 385 kg (848.7 lbs) – 2019 WPC-SA Power Wars
- Total: 1030 kg (2270.7 lbs) – 2019 WPC-SA Power Wars
Nicolaas du Preez will plan to compete in his next competition raw in the 125kg division. This could be a special night if he is able to reach some new heights in the division and for his personal career.