Mikhail Koklyaev Totals 2,149 Lbs Raw

Create: 12/27/2008 - 10:39
(updated 1/7 to add squat video) Russian Mikhail Koklyaev (308) totalled 2,149 pounds/975kg raw in the RPF Chelyabinsk Region Championship held on December 20 in Chelyabinsk, Russia. Koklyaev squatted 794 pounds/360kg, benched 463/210kg, and deadlifted 893 pounds/405kg. Koklyaev missed a third attempt deadlift of 914 pounds/415kg and bench press of 496 pounds/225kg. His raw total is tied for the highest in the world in 2008, with German Sergej Moser's 2,160 pounds. Koklyaev is a former Russian National Weightlifting champion turned IFSA Strongman. Here is video of a couple of his deadlifts from the meet. Squats:
893 pounds/405kg deadlift:
914 pounds/415kg deadlift third attempt miss:

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Submitted by Ken Ufford (not verified) on
Wow that is impressive true raw power for sure. What else can you say but that is impressive. Ken

Submitted by Holy Crap (not verified) on
That is a huge raw pull. Aren't there only 12 900 pound pullers ever? He's right there, and yes, with a double overhand grip. I can't hold onto that much with straps. Damn, and the dude is muscular too!

Submitted by Staff on
[quote=Anonymous]moser totalled exactly the same as koklyaev, not more! both 975kg![/quote] Corrected!

Submitted by Carl on
[quote=Anonymous]moser totalled exactly the same as koklyaev, not more! both 975kg![/quote] Don't get your panties in a twist. Did both exclamation marks make it more meaningful to ya' ?

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Botht otalled the same. But Moser weighs 40 lbs less. Anyway Koklyakev is a monster, ahem megamonster. It`s pretty much his 1 st powerlifting contest.....

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
that was fantastic! where are the other lifts? equally impressive i suspect. great lifts!

Submitted by vdizenzo on
He's a fucking animal. I love seeing his lifts. I hope he competes WSM this year. This total is coming from a strongman/oly lifters. I can only imagine what he would do if he devoted himself to pl. Then I think why bother. People would still find a way to talk shit about him.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
This guy is the most well rounded strength athlete arguably ever really. He is an elite OL, elite SM, and elite PL. Extremely impressive.

Submitted by gopostal42 on
[quote=Anonymous]This guy is the most well rounded strength athlete arguably ever really. He is an elite OL, elite SM, and elite PL. Extremely impressive.[/quote] the best general strength athletics athlete ever in my opinion. he also had a world record weight for height in highland games at one time (56lb weighed a hair light unfortunately)

Submitted by chris mason on
[quote=gopostal42][quote=Anonymous]This guy is the most well rounded strength athlete arguably ever really. He is an elite OL, elite SM, and elite PL. Extremely impressive.[/quote] the best general strength athletics athlete ever in my opinion. he also had a world record weight for height in highland games at one time (56lb weighed a hair light unfortunately)[/quote] Excellent points. Reminds me of Jon Cole. He too was quite good in track and field, Olympic, and powerlifting. I think you truly have to consider him one of the strongest overall men in the world right now (if not the strongest overall).

Submitted by OZlifter (not verified) on
I'd bet $1000 that the squats leave no doubt about depth, even to an IPF judge sitting category exams.

Submitted by Don E. (not verified) on
Koklyaev does not even bench press in his training, and with a background in Olympic lifting it's not like he ever had a use for it. He did this power meet 6 days after winning Russias Strongest Man competition, and still equaled the best raw total in the world this year even though he doesn't regularly train one of the three lifts. That is outfuckingstanding.

Submitted by phreak on
[quote=Don E.]Koklyaev does not even bench press in his training, and with a background in Olympic lifting it's not like he ever had a use for it. He did this power meet 6 days after winning Russias Strongest Man competition, and still equaled the best raw total in the world this year even though he doesn't regularly train one of the three lifts. That is outfuckingstanding.[/quote] ^^^ What he said. Anyone who thinks someone as talented as Koklyaev couldn't hit at least 550 in the bench if he would actually train for it is deluded. BTW: I know he has at least hit 420 this year -- in the log lift. That is a good indicator of what his training focus is.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
this is the one guy who could compete on the world stage in both olympic lifting and powerlifting.a truly great strongman..

Submitted by gopostal42 on
you really want to question his pressing strength? he's jerked right under 250kg! (551 lbs) small is a state of mind - Derek Wilcox

Submitted by Carl on
[quote=gopostal42]you really want to question his pressing strength? he's jerked right under 250kg! (551 lbs) small is a state of mind - Derek Wilcox[/quote] You said..."jerked"

Submitted by Matt Rhodes (not verified) on
He does one PL meet and he's the best strength athlete ever? Come on? That's just ridiculous. Your body of work over time determines who's the best ever. He has not been around long enough. Where's his squat video? Someone commented that he definately squatted deep enough for the IPF. Let's see the video. How do you know? Because he's Russian, he squats deep? Retarded comment by you. That being said, I love watching him lift. He's super strong. I'd like to see him in WSM as well. WSM has been kind of watered down, lately.

Submitted by Storm (not verified) on
matt hes damn close...who else can jerk 550lbs, compete and do well in strongman, then turn around and do over 2000lbs raw... There are not many who can touch him...Hes close to Shane Hammans level...if not there...

Submitted by Putt Houston on
sick ass deadlift. Maybe the most wicked pull I've seen. and yeah... his history in all strength sports definitely nominates him for strongest bad ass ever. Putt Houston.... now with more Bom Chicka Wahwahhhhhh

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Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
This guy is truly 1 of the strongest guys right now competing. I work @ the arnold classic every year for the strongman contest and this guy is crazy strong. I seen him last year do 3 events for the strongman event then they all had a break and misha went 2 the olympic lifting seminar and jerked around 500lbs. Easy held it there and smiled @ everyone. And I won't ever forget what he said after he was done."lets see an american olympic lifter do that."

Submitted by Rockman62 (not verified) on
[quote=Anonymous]This guy is truly 1 of the strongest guys right now competing. I work @ the arnold classic every year for the strongman contest and this guy is crazy strong. I seen him last year do 3 events for the strongman event then they all had a break and misha went 2 the olympic lifting seminar and jerked around 500lbs. Easy held it there and smiled @ everyone. And I won't ever forget what he said after he was done."lets see an american olympic lifter do that." [/quote]The videos of his seminar are amazing. He is a complete strength athlete

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Rhodes, I'm not sure there is anybody that: -Is an elite level Olympic Lifter that has competed in the Olympics. (1996). -Is an elite level Powerlifter that, with no training, ties the highest raw total of the year. -Is an elite level IFSA (heaviest show) Strongman. As far as I can tell, nobody in this thread except one person stated he was the "best ever". However, he is unquestionably one of the best strength athletes ever so far. There have been a few that have transcended OL and PL, but nobody that has done all 3. And those that did transcend OL and PL (Hammand, etc) are considered some of the best ever. I don't think it's really arguable that he is one of the most complete strength athletes around, and can be mentioned in the same breath as people like Kaz, Hammand, Zavickas, etc. And asking an Olympic Lifter to squat shallow is not going to happen. Here is a vid of (training) a 682x3 raw squat: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ULlP-5CHiE PS: WSM is no longer "watered down" and won't be for awhile. With Poundstone, Ortmayer, etc. joining in, and people like Ostuland really improving, the show has become much more competitive. Although with Marius retiring it does kind of water it down.

Submitted by Matt Rhodes (not verified) on
[quote=Anonymous]Rhodes, I'm not sure there is anybody that: -Is an elite level Olympic Lifter that has competed in the Olympics. (1996). -Is an elite level Powerlifter that, with no training, ties the highest raw total of the year. -Is an elite level IFSA (heaviest show) Strongman. As far as I can tell, nobody in this thread except one person stated he was the "best ever". However, he is unquestionably one of the best strength athletes ever so far. There have been a few that have transcended OL and PL, but nobody that has done all 3. And those that did transcend OL and PL (Hammand, etc) are considered some of the best ever. I don't think it's really arguable that he is one of the most complete strength athletes around, and can be mentioned in the same breath as people like Kaz, Hammand, Zavickas, etc. And asking an Olympic Lifter to squat shallow is not going to happen. Here is a vid of (training) a 682x3 raw squat: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ULlP-5CHiE PS: WSM is no longer "watered down" and won't be for awhile. With Poundstone, Ortmayer, etc. joining in, and people like Ostuland really improving, the show has become much more competitive. Although with Marius retiring it does kind of water it down.[/quote] I never said he wasn't very good. I said he's done one PL meet and now he's the best ever? Not really. If he continues to compete in all 3 and puts together a body of work, then he's worthy of being called the best ever. I understand all too well that his PL total is incredible. However, just because he did it once, doesn't make him the best ever. Don Majkowski had one great year in the NFL. Is he one of the greats? No. Not even close. As for WSM, the strongest guys in the world didn't compete. Mischa Zavikas Veristuk They weren't there. Outside of Ostlund, Poundstone, who didn't impress me at alll, and Mariusz, no one showed me much. Ortmayer is a mental midget, but super strong. I just watched the qualifiers and finals and can't een remember anyone outside of those guys. WSM is not about strength, it a track meet. IFSA was about strength. I'm very impressed with the 2100+ raw total. I just don't believe in throwing the "best ever" tag on someone who has done 1 meet.

Submitted by Robert Taylor (not verified) on
[quote=Matt Rhodes]Ortmayer is a mental midget, but super strong.[/quote]From your statement it is obvious you have never met him. Travis has a 150+ IQ. If he is a mental midget than you are a flea brain.

Submitted by H.D. (not verified) on
[quote=Robert Taylor][quote=Matt Rhodes]Ortmayer is a mental midget, but super strong.[/quote]From your statement it is obvious you have never met him. Travis has a 150+ IQ. If he is a mental midget than you are a flea brain. [/quote] You can tell a person's IQ just from meeting them? WTF?

Submitted by Robert Taylor (not verified) on
[quote=H.D.][quote=Robert Taylor][quote=Matt Rhodes]Ortmayer is a mental midget, but super strong.[/quote]From your statement it is obvious you have never met him. Travis has a 150+ IQ. If he is a mental midget than you are a flea brain. [/quote] You can tell a person's IQ just from meeting them? WTF? [/quote]I never said that I could tell his IQ from meeting him. Learn to read. By the way, that is where I learned of his IQ, from reading. Try it some time.

Submitted by Matt Rhodes (not verified) on
[quote=Robert Taylor][quote=Matt Rhodes]Ortmayer is a mental midget, but super strong.[/quote]From your statement it is obvious you have never met him. Travis has a 150+ IQ. If he is a mental midget than you are a flea brain. [/quote] Bobby, So he's got a 150+ IQ? That's great. He's smart. That doesn't mean he can keep it together when the pressure's on. I know guys that are just plain dumb, but they know howm to keep themselves composed during competition. I think Travis is a stud. Super strong and always in great shape. As I watched him over the years, he's gotten better at the mental game. When he harnesses that, he'll be unbelievable. The fact that he talked about throwing up before every contest shows me that his nerves get to him. I'm sure he's calmed down a bit since I saw the interview. He beat Poundstone in NYC in June, so he was able to pull it together there. I'm a pretty smart guy, too. It doesn't mean I can hold it together on the platform.

Submitted by Robert Taylor (not verified) on
[quote=Matt Rhodes][quote=Robert Taylor][quote=Matt Rhodes]Ortmayer is a mental midget, but super strong.[/quote]From your statement it is obvious you have never met him. Travis has a 150+ IQ. If he is a mental midget than you are a flea brain. [/quote] Bobby, So he's got a 150+ IQ? That's great. He's smart. That doesn't mean he can keep it together when the pressure's on. I know guys that are just plain dumb, but they know howm to keep themselves composed during competition. I think Travis is a stud. Super strong and always in great shape. As I watched him over the years, he's gotten better at the mental game. When he harnesses that, he'll be unbelievable. The fact that he talked about throwing up before every contest shows me that his nerves get to him. I'm sure he's calmed down a bit since I saw the interview. He beat Poundstone in NYC in June, so he was able to pull it together there. I'm a pretty smart guy, too. It doesn't mean I can hold it together on the platform.[/quote]First of all, the name is Rob or Robert. Second, it was Travis' first shot in the WSM finals. He will do better next year. Third, you are no where near as smart as Travis. Besides, you didn't say he folded under pressure, you said he was a mental midget. There are many great athletes that throw up before contests. It doesn't seem to effect their performance. Nerves before an event doesn't equate to poor performance. Many athletes count on their nervous energy, and fear, to drive them to excel.

Submitted by Robert Taylor (not verified) on
[quote=Matt Rhodes][quote=Robert Taylor][quote=Matt Rhodes]Ortmayer is a mental midget, but super strong.[/quote]From your statement it is obvious you have never met him. Travis has a 150+ IQ. If he is a mental midget than you are a flea brain. [/quote] Bobby, So he's got a 150+ IQ? That's great. He's smart. That doesn't mean he can keep it together when the pressure's on. I know guys that are just plain dumb, but they know howm to keep themselves composed during competition. I think Travis is a stud. Super strong and always in great shape. As I watched him over the years, he's gotten better at the mental game. When he harnesses that, he'll be unbelievable. The fact that he talked about throwing up before every contest shows me that his nerves get to him. I'm sure he's calmed down a bit since I saw the interview. He beat Poundstone in NYC in June, so he was able to pull it together there. I'm a pretty smart guy, too. It doesn't mean I can hold it together on the platform.[/quote]First of all, the name is Rob or Robert. Second, it was Travis' first shot in the WSM finals. He will do better next year. Third, you are no where near as smart as Travis. Besides, you didn't say he folded under pressure, you said he was a mental midget. There are many great athletes that throw up before contests. It doesn't seem to effect their performance. Nerves before an event doesn't equate to poor performance. Many athletes count on their nervous energy, and fear, to drive them to excel.

Submitted by gopostal42 on
[quote=Matt Rhodes][quote=Anonymous]Rhodes, I'm not sure there is anybody that: -Is an elite level Olympic Lifter that has competed in the Olympics. (1996). -Is an elite level Powerlifter that, with no training, ties the highest raw total of the year. -Is an elite level IFSA (heaviest show) Strongman. As far as I can tell, nobody in this thread except one person stated he was the "best ever". However, he is unquestionably one of the best strength athletes ever so far. There have been a few that have transcended OL and PL, but nobody that has done all 3. And those that did transcend OL and PL (Hammand, etc) are considered some of the best ever. I don't think it's really arguable that he is one of the most complete strength athletes around, and can be mentioned in the same breath as people like Kaz, Hammand, Zavickas, etc. And asking an Olympic Lifter to squat shallow is not going to happen. Here is a vid of (training) a 682x3 raw squat: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ULlP-5CHiE PS: WSM is no longer "watered down" and won't be for awhile. With Poundstone, Ortmayer, etc. joining in, and people like Ostuland really improving, the show has become much more competitive. Although with Marius retiring it does kind of water it down.[/quote] I never said he wasn't very good. I said he's done one PL meet and now he's the best ever? Not really. If he continues to compete in all 3 and puts together a body of work, then he's worthy of being called the best ever. I understand all too well that his PL total is incredible. However, just because he did it once, doesn't make him the best ever. Don Majkowski had one great year in the NFL. Is he one of the greats? No. Not even close. As for WSM, the strongest guys in the world didn't compete. Mischa Zavikas Veristuk They weren't there. Outside of Ostlund, Poundstone, who didn't impress me at alll, and Mariusz, no one showed me much. Ortmayer is a mental midget, but super strong. I just watched the qualifiers and finals and can't een remember anyone outside of those guys. WSM is not about strength, it a track meet. IFSA was about strength. I'm very impressed with the 2100+ raw total. I just don't believe in throwing the "best ever" tag on someone who has done 1 meet.[/quote] not saying he's the best powerlifter ever. he made one of the top totals on the planet without training for powerlifting directly. he's the most impressive general strength athlete alive. weight for height record in highland games 19+ feet with 56lb weight), 4kg off the all time (repeat> all-time) snatch record in competition (212.5kg i think he did, there's video), 250ish kilo clean and jerk and totaled 2150 damn near on accident bench pressing about the same weight he's pressed overhead on a log in a strongman meet. kazmaier was ok in highland games wasn't overly good in olympic lifting. misha is top 5 in the world regardless of what strength sport he wants to do without training for it (aside from olympic lifting which is his main focus) on top of all that, comparing him to past multi strength sport athletes would be a bit of a joke also with the extreme evolution in specialty training toward each sport. i really don't see how he couldn't be the best ever.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
I'm not sure what you are reading but nobody except one person actually said that he is the "best ever". Several people said he could be considered one of the most complete strength athletes ever. "Considered" meaning just that, considered. "One of" meaning just that, one of many. And while WSM is definitely lighter than IFSA, the competition is far from a track meet. If it was, you should compete in it - you'd do better at track than you do at powerlifting ;) As far as the other things.. I'm not sure why Ortmayer is a "mental midget", as I've talked to him plenty times.. nor am I sure what that has to do with anything.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
his total is very impressive and he seems to be a very nice guy. but why are all people here talking like he doesn´t train directly for poerlifting? there are several deadlift-videos of him on youtube. there´s even a bench-video. and squatting? every olympic lifter trains a lot of squat-movements. just watch his videos. of course he has trained to reach this total. he trains his ass off.

Submitted by gopostal42 on
there's a bench video but the guy obviously doesn't train toward powerlifting hardly at all. 95% of his pressing is done overhead for strongman and olympic lifting purposes. it is what it is though. small is a state of mind - Derek Wilcox

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Yes because someone squats and deadlifts means they are training specifically for a powerlifting total. Add in the fact that he benches once every 2-3 weeks, and just for one exercise which is close grips, and you have a powerlifter in the making! Not acknowledging the fact that he has tons of different events to worry about like log pressing, stones, yoke, car deadlift, farmers walks, etc. as well as snatches, clean and jerks, muscle snatches, etc. But you're right.. he is definitely a powerlifting specific athlete! Christ.

Submitted by gopostal42 on
[quote=Anonymous]Yes because someone squats and deadlifts means they are training specifically for a powerlifting total. Add in the fact that he benches once every 2-3 weeks, and just for one exercise which is close grips, and you have a powerlifter in the making! Not acknowledging the fact that he has tons of different events to worry about like log pressing, stones, yoke, car deadlift, farmers walks, etc. as well as snatches, clean and jerks, muscle snatches, etc. But you're right.. he is definitely a powerlifting specific athlete! Christ.[/quote] did you just sign that as christ? if so can you give me a call? i've been looking for you for quite a while. i'm sure you know my number. i guess WWJD has been answered with "he'd post anonymously" btw christ i agree

Submitted by Carl on
[quote=gopostal42][quote=Anonymous]Yes because someone squats and deadlifts means they are training specifically for a powerlifting total. Add in the fact that he benches once every 2-3 weeks, and just for one exercise which is close grips, and you have a powerlifter in the making! Not acknowledging the fact that he has tons of different events to worry about like log pressing, stones, yoke, car deadlift, farmers walks, etc. as well as snatches, clean and jerks, muscle snatches, etc. But you're right.. he is definitely a powerlifting specific athlete! Christ.[/quote] did you just sign that as christ? if so can you give me a call? i've been looking for you for quite a while. i'm sure you know my number. i guess WWJD has been answered with "he'd post anonymously" btw christ i agree[/quote] I wonder if Father's Day is confusing or who comes to the PTA meetings ?

Submitted by d.m. (not verified) on
matt's just angry that mischa's raw total isnt far off his multi ply total. props to mischa.

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