Little did we know a top 10 in the world powerlifter was right here living and training in our hometown of Memphis, Tennessee.
This week on Barbell Shrugged, learn how Christian Anto went from soccer player to one of world’s strongest powerlifters in the 181-lb. weight class and EliteFTS athlete.
This dude squatted 700 lbs. in just knee wraps and a belt at 181 lbs. That’s nearly 4 times his body weight (3.87 to be more exact) . Marinate on that a little bit.
We’ll also discuss training principles he incorporates, where and who he’s learned from, what his training looks like away from competition vs. close to competition and how mentally and physically prepares for rigors of powerlifting competitions where he routinely lifts above 600+ lbs in the deadlift and squat and nearly 400 lbs. in the bench.
Christian is also an accomplished accordionist. Just kidding.
No but he’s really good at teaching the proper technique to lift the heaviest weights you can. After the episode, go check out the bench press session we had with Christian where he showed us how to set up to bench really heavy weight.
We learned so much from Christian and it was a real pleasure having him on the show to talk training. Whether you’re a powerlifting enthusiast, a beginner looking to get into the sport, or just interested in training to get strong and lift the absolute heaviest weights you can, you’ll want to listen to Christian on Episode 231.
- How to Setup the Bench Press to Lift The Most Weight w/ EliteFTS Athlete Christian Anto
- Developing Explosive Strength w/ Cal Dietz and Dr. Andy Galpin – Episode 217
- Save 10% on Cal Dietz’s E-book “Triphasic Training” mentioned in this episode by using the code “barbell4” at checkout here
- Follow Christian on Instagram (@ant_toe) and view his training videos at EliteFTS
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Funny to hear powerlifters using techniques to lose water that bodybuilders have been using for decades.
Hi BBS, Can you please continue to post an Audio Only player along the YouTube video like you did today – I get the opportunity to listen to these while at work but I work for a rather large organization so the network is SLOW – the videos often times lag / don’t work. Thanks!
My best at 181 lbs. Bench press
315- 15 reps
225- 10 reps
That was a chest routine I did for a while. Fluctuated weight and order of exercises and reps around here and there. Not sure what I could have benched for one rep fresh. Any ideas of possible max? My body weight was around 180-185 with around 4% fat maybe a little less. My squat was usually 405-8/10 reps for around 5 sets. With some leg ext. And leg curls. Twice a month. Legs grew fast and only needed that much to keep them proportional to rest of muscles.