18y Old Jake Squats 600 Pounds (Video)

NOTE by Mehdi: StrongLifts Member Jake McMillan (18y, BC Canada, page 187 inside the 5×5 report) increased both his Squat and Deadlift from 135lb to 600lb while gaining 94lb (from 140lb to 234lb body-weight) and in only 2,5 years. Here are the results of his most recent powerlifting meet.

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My name is Jake, I’m an 18yo lifter who weighed in at 234 pounds at my recent meet. I’m from BC, Canada, and I lift in Vancouver. I train for both Strongman and Powerlifting, I’m in grade 12 at high school, and I also act believe it or not.

I competed at the BCPA (IPF sanctioned meet) 2011 Winter Open on February 13 and totaled 1500 pounds. I Squatted 600 pounds/272.5kg. I also Deadlifted 600 pounds, and failed at 612/ 278kg. I just had nothing left in me.

I failed my first Bench on technicality, got my second at 300 pounds, missed my third at 315 pounds. Ended up with a 300 pound freaking bench. I probably should have had my first attempt; I had my singlet pulled too high and they assumed I had brought the bar too low onto my abs. It screwed with my mind after that, as I can hit 315 in the gym no problem.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HW3Kr-zeyxo

Got what I wanted Sunday, and the minute I set my last deadlift down, I was selected for “random” drug-testing. I had to go upstairs and piss in a cup, which is very uncomfortable as the guy watches over your shoulder. I was actually happy to get tested – clears up any suspicions (being in high school especially, people like to think you’re on.)

I can understand why I was “randomly” chosen to provide a sample though. In the video you’ll see I yell a lot to get pumped for my lifts, not because I’m a jackass. I just went a little bit crazier than usual and got fired up with 5 of my training partners there. I actually apologized to some people and asked if I was yelling too much, but they said they liked it.

The 600 pound squat definitely started out with a good training base, StrongLifts 5×5. I was over halfway there with this training program alone. After that, I gradually moved on to more advanced programs while constantly improving my squat technique and finding out what worked best for me.

Obviously, you don’t get to a 600 squat without gaining some weight. I went from about 140 lbs to 175 lbs while doing StrongLifts 5×5. So I was 140 lbs at most 2.5 years ago, and got to 175 pretty quickly. With a constant regard for eating lots and eating healthy, I’ve made my way to a pretty lean 234 lbs. (I was 240 last week, and met my ultimate goal of 100 pounds gained in high school haha.) Gaining weight is harder than training, and I learned quite a few tips on the StrongLifts blog (especially GOMAD diet) that helped me break a few weight gaining plateaus.

StrongLifts Member Jake before and after he gained 94lb
StrongLifts Member Jake before and after he gained 94lb

My next goals are a 700 pound raw squat and deadlift, and a 385 raw bench. I think these are all achievable in a year, as 500 pounds were nearly my maxes on squat and deadlift 8 months ago. With the right state of mind, and some more weight gain, I think I can meet these goals. And I appreciate the support of you Mehdi, the SL blog, and all other StrongLifts Members for helping me become a stronger lifter.

-StrongLifts Member Jake McMillan

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