Chances are, if you put a loaded barbell in front of powerlifter Andrew Hause, he’ll have no trouble lifting it. On July 5, 2022, Hause shared a video on his Instagram profile he squatted 467.8 kilograms (1,031.4 pounds) with wraps for a new all-time personal record (PR). The new squat with wraps figure surpasses his previous PR by 25 pounds.
In the caption of his Instagram post, Hause details what appeared to be a challenging journey towards this squat feat. The main obstacle was a dramatic shift in his weight. He logged a fresh ball strength mark anyway.
“I had a rough week this week, my body weight was up to 284 pounds today,” Hause writes. “I was shocked when I stepped on the scale. I lost around 14-16 pounds in the past 3 weeks. Not intentional, and no excuses, only gotta try to be bigger and better.”
It could be a testament to Hause’s resolve that he captured a new PR despite losing such a large amount of weight in a relatively short period. The athlete did not publicly disclose or theorize why he lost that significant weight seemingly so quickly. That said, it seems to be a motivator for Hause to squat even more on his next opportunity.
He maintained that he’ll work with his coach Ben Pollack to return better than ever.
“I’m not happy with how it moved and how shaky the descent was,” Hause writes. “I know I’m capable of more.”
Hause at a Glance
The 140-kilogram competitor in Hause isn’t unfamiliar with staggering strength feats. A squat of 456.3 kilograms (1,006 pounds) from the 2021 Revolution Powerlifting Syndicate (RPS) Showcase Super Classic gave him the current all-time squat Junior World Record (Raw With Wraps). It’s also the third heaviest squat with wraps at any age category. At that same contest, Hause eventually notched a total of 1,105.9 kilograms (2,438 pounds) to give him the all-time total Junior World Record (in wraps).
If Hause were to transfer over his new PR squat with wraps to a sanctioned competition, it would be just 10 kilograms short of the second-heaviest squat ever in the 140-kilogram division. Eric Lillibridge owns the second-heaviest squat of 477.5 kilograms (1,052.6 pounds) from the 2016 United Powerlifting Association (UPA) Iron Battle on the Mississippi.
James Searcy is the owner of the raw with wraps World Record. According to Open Powerlifting, Searcy captured his record 480-kilogram (1,058.2-pound) raw with wraps squat at the 2018 RPS Live Large Big Spring Showdown. Hause’s PR puts him 12.1 kilograms from Searcy’s benchmark.
In his early 20s, Hause might have a bright and fulfilling career ahead of him. If he’s breaking records and already putting himself in the conversation for more, this probably won’t be the last time the powerlifting world hears from the athlete.
Featured image: daspowerhause on Instagram