Philip Herndon is not one to tiptoe around a loaded dumbbell. Like his competitive resume and Instagram profile of coaching exploits illustrate, he is an athlete ready to put the pedal to the metal every time he enters the gym. After his most recent accomplishment, the powerlifter now has the record books backing up his mentality again.
On March 18, 2023, at the United States Powerlifting Coalition (USPC) Mid-Atlantic Classic & Regional Championship, Herndon captured a 411 kilograms (906.1 lb) gross back squat. According Open powerliftingthe milestone isn’t just Herndon’s best raw competition of all time, it’s the All-time gross world record for the 125-kilogram (275-pound) weight class. Herndon donned a lifting belt, knee pads and wrist guards during this revolutionary achievement. At a bodyweight of 117 kilograms (258 pounds), well below the weight class cap, he is the lightest athlete to squat at least 408.2 kilograms (900 pounds) raw with sleeves.