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525 Squat = All I Ever Wanted

525 lb Squat

All I Ever Wanted

Hi, my name is Ryan Mathias and all I ever wanted was to Squat 525 pounds RAW. Now, to many people that may seem mediocre since many people can squat 500+ pounds. But to me, it wasn’t easy, and there’s a reason 525 means so much to me. This is why…

My 525 Story

I officially started weight training as a 16-year-old Junior in high school for one of my P.E. classes. And my favorite exercise was the squat. I loved it so much that it was basically all I did during our short 50-minute classes 4 days per week. 

As you can imagine, I progressed rapidly as a beginner that only squatted. So, after about 2 months I attempted my first max squat, and I got a pretty easy 355 lbs! Pretty great for a 180 lb kid with no guidance or help (the “coach” in there didn’t care what you did. As long as you didn’t run off or get hurt, he didn’t pay any attention to you.)!

Well, a short while later I was repping 315 for 4×10 and able to do 405 lbs. And that is when I had an idea…

The Record Board

Like every high school, we had a football team (coached by the weight training “teacher”). And in the weight room, they had a record board that recorded all the best lifts of the football players for that year. 

At the top of the record board, there were all-time school records for Squat, Bench Press, and Power Clean (should have been deadlift, I know). The records at the time (2009) were 505 Squat, 355 Bench Press, and 330 Power Clean (set by my older brother Tanner, that year!)

Well, the best squat for the current football players was only 315 lbs. Something that I could easily do! So, in the hopes of getting some recognition by my peers, I asked the coach if he would put my name on the board, as he just watched my squat 405 in front of him. 

Of course, he said, “No! That board is for players only!” 

Obviously, I was bothered by this. But it also truly infuriated me, because of the way he said it. His tone was like I didn’t deserve any recognition for my work. I was so upset that I went right to the squat rack and did 405×2. 

He didn’t say anything, of course.

My Goal

Well, I knew he was not going to put me on the board by choice. So I decided that I was going to break the school squat record so that he would be forced into putting my name on the record board! But I didn’t just want to break it by a few pounds. I wanted to annihilate it!

So I decided that 525 lbs was the goal!

I trained harder than before and was pushing for as much progress as I could! But, unfortunately, that lead to injury.

Again, I had no help with proper technique or rest and recovery. All I knew was that I needed to squat low and squat often. So I did, and my hips were not happy about it.

In fact, I did so many things wrong that I still have to fight the bad habits I grew over my first few years of lifting. 

Well, long story short, the most I ever squatted in high school was 435×2 with a belt and spotter assistance. 

Slow Progress

The next few years were waves of progress and regression. I would build a lot of strength, then get injured. Learn from it, and progress again. Over and over again. Always learning and growing.

All I can say is that I wish I found a website like this one back in those days to help me along!

I even broke my back in 2012 (unrelated to weight training) in which I was told to lay in bed for 5 weeks and never lift heavy again. That didn’t happen, but I did learn a lot from it!

My 525 lb Squat Redemption

Well, after all these years of learning through both education and experience, I have healed my body, corrected my mistakes and become ready for my redemption!

And here it is! My first, but not last, ever 525 lb squat!

What I am most proud of is my journey getting here. It was a long hard road, but I accomplished it on my own terms. I don’t take supplements or drugs and only use minimal support (my knee sleeves are there for looks, not so much support. They are too big and torn out on both sides so they slide down my legs as I walk.). I learned from my mistakes and only grew stronger from them. 

Thank you to everyone that has supported me along the way. Thank you to my dad for recording this life-changing event. And to me…

“Yo, Ryan…we did it!”


If you want to learn how to do it too, get my 12-Week Squat Program which I used to accomplish this feat of strength!

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What’s Next

Now, of course, I am not stopping all lifting and moving onto other things. I will always be a powerlifter because I love the sport. I will continue to get stronger in all my lifts, but I am proud to have accomplished my main goal after only a mere 10 years!

Other Strength Goals:

Squat = ???

Bench Press = 405×3

Deadlift = 650

Live To Be Remembered

Live To Be Remembered

What is your legacy? What will people remember you for? Will you be remembered for your kindness or your bad attitude? And, what do you want people to remember about you? 

I have written many motivational posts, but these Words Of Wisdom may be my most important…


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This is an excerpt from my Book “Motivated Mindset“. 

Don’t let your lack of motivation hold you back from achieving your goals!

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If you want an easy life then go be Normal.

But, if you are willing to take on the challenges and difficulties of life, then get ready to be remembered.

Leave A Legacy

Every day we have the opportunity to leave a mark on all those in which we come across. And, the opportunity to give people something to remember us for.

We can stand out, or be invisible. We can present them with kindness, or leave them with a bad feeling towards us.

You cannot just make up a lifetime of wrongdoing, and bad impressions, with a few kind acts. What we do every single day matters!

You have one shot at making every day a success.

It doesn’t matter what you choose to do with your life, as long as you choose to make an impression when you do it. If you are a teacher, have an office job, do a service, sell products, create things, or work for yourself; be the best at it.

Whatever you do with your life, be the best you can be at it. Be the one that everyone looks up too, and put your heart into every moment.

You don’t need to be famous to be great. You just have to show yourself, how great you are, and can be. Some of the world’s greatest people were only ever known to a few people. And yet they made a lasting impression.

Everything you do, everything you say, every choice you make, every interaction, every day, every moment, you need to leave a lasting impression that you are someone worth remembering…forever.

My Dream

To be remembered. That is my dream, and that is my motivation. That is the motivation behind everything I do and have done. I want to be remembered by everyone that I interact with. I want to leave an impact on people’s lives so that they always remember who Ryan J. Mathias is.

I am not perfect, and I have no extraordinary powers. But I do try to help people as much as I can. I hope that I have helped you in some way and given you something to remember me by. And, I hope I have helped you find your motivation and given you some valuable wisdom to continue forward with.

I Believe In You

I want you to know that I believe in your ability to be successful.

The same as I beleive in myself, I believe in you and I want you to achieve your dreams. I want you to continue along your journey to success and help to change the world!

So, never stop fighting for your dreams and always live to be remembered!

Always remember, you are not average and never will be!

You are here to make an impression that everyone wants to emulate, but just can’t replicate! You are leading your own journey to success and carving a new path for the world to follow!

And there’s nothing that can stop you!

You are not only going to reach the mountain top but raise the peak higher! You are great, and you are rememberable!

Now go Change The World!

Live each day as if to build your legacy and to be remembered for the greatness in you.


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Your Future Is Up To You

Your Future Is Up To You

Your future is up to you. No one can make you do anything. You have to choose what to do, then take action. If you want to have a successful future, then you have to make it happen. And if you want to achieve your dreams, then you have to fight for them. Whatever your future becomes, is up to you. So, you have to make the future you want.


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This is an excerpt from my Book “Motivated Mindset“. 

Don’t let your lack of motivation hold you back from achieving your goals!

Find your motivation and change your life forever!

Get your copy here! 


Leave A Legacy

The decisions you make should reflect the future you want.

Live your future not only for yourself but also for those that follow in your footsteps. Because your future does not only affect you. It affects those around you.

If you want to create a better future for your family, then it starts with you. You are constantly paving a path for others to walk down. You can create an easier path for others while creating your own success.

It’s not about how far you can go, but how far you can lead others in the same direction. Those that follow you will carry on your legacy.

Be the foundation they need to succeed and present them with a legacy that they can build on!

Work For It

Then, you have to work towards creating your future every day and be motivated by the dreams you have. Visualize what you want and base your decisions off of that image every day.

Plan your path to success and walk along with it. Figure out what you need to do everyday in order to keep working towards your successful future and do it.

Don’t hold back, push forward. Be strong and take on the hard challenges with passionate intensity. Be confident and respect others along the path.

Your future is in your hands, and it is your responsibility to create it. So, go get it!


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Take Responsibility for Your Actions and Life

How To Take Responsibility for your Actions and Life

Learning how to take responsibility for your actions can change your life. If you don’t like what you have, then use it as motivation to create a better life for yourself! Unfortunately, too many people avoid taking responsibility for their actions and failures because they feel it shows weakness. However, failure does not show weakness; a lack of responsibility does.

Failure proves that you were willing to step up and take the risk. While avoiding responsibility proves that you are weak enough to blame others. So, take responsibility for your actions. Take responsibility for your decisions. And take responsibility for your life. Don’t blame others for the position you are in. You create your own life, and if you don’t like the life you have, make a new one!

Make a life that you are proud to take responsibility for!


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This is an excerpt from my Book “Motivated Mindset“. 

Don’t let your lack of motivation hold you back from achieving your goals!

Find your motivation and change your life forever!

Get your copy here! 


Be Equally Responsible for your Successes AND Failures

You are going to fail, and you are going to succeed. If you are unwilling to take responsibility for your failures, then you cannot accept responsibility for your successes either.

We see this too often in team sports. Many individual players put the blame on others for losses while they take full responsibility for the team’s successes. However, if one person is so influential for a win, then they are also just as responsible for a loss.

True leaders take responsibility not only for themselves but also for those they lead. If they lead others to failure, then they take responsibility. If they lead others to greater success, then they take some responsibility as well. So, to be a successful leader, team, or individual you must take responsibility for everything that occurs, good or bad. 

Whether directly or indirectly, our influence has an effect on everything we interact with. Will your influence be one of blaming others and putting failures on others, or will you take responsibility and lead a path to success?

Learn To Be Responsible for Everything

Remember, it is ok to fail. Just take responsibility and learn from it. Be responsible for the changes you make to succeed. Be responsible for the things you do every day to create a better life for yourself, and others. And be responsible for a life of success and for creating a path for others to follow. Be responsible for changing the world!

The responsibility you take on for yourself and those around you should motivate you to push forward. You should want to be better for your spouse, for your kids, and for everyone that will come after them. It should motivate you to fight for your success and know that you cannot fail.

So, let the responsibility you hold on to motivate your dreams and give you the strength to fight harder! Be motivated to create a legacy that you are responsible for!


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Respect

RESPECT

Mutual Respect Others

No matter who you are, what you have done, or where you have come from, we all deserve a base level of mutual respect. Greater recognition is earned, and it can always be lost, but at first sight, we are all equals. Never think of yourself so highly that you don’t give recognition to others that they deserve. Be humble enough to value others and help them grow. Then you will earn their respect in return, and show self-respect for yourself.


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This is an excerpt from my Book “Motivated Mindset“. 

Don’t let your lack of motivation hold you back from achieving your goals!

Find your motivation and change your life forever!

Get your copy here! 


No matter what you have accomplished, we are all equals.

Respect has been fading in recent times as many people focus on the negative actions of others, rather than the good that has come from them. Yes, we all make mistakes and have our own agendas, but as long as we are living we are all valuable. We all have something to offer others, and we can all help to change the world. 


Self-Respect Yourself

We need to bring back respect towards others and learn to have a greater appreciation for ourselves. And it all starts with YOU!

We are often too hard on ourselves for mistakes we have made, and even blame ourselves for things that are out of our control. Forget the negativity of the past, and work towards creating a brighter future. A future where you respect yourself enough, to respect others. 

So, value how you conduct yourself every day in order to create a life that you want. How you present yourself to others can change how they behave towards you. If you are respectful, people will follow and help you. If you are not, few people will be on your side.

Remember, being respectful is a choice, and a choice we all need to make.

Respect for ourselves, for others, for authority, and for life around you. You do not have to agree with others, but we should respect their decisions and choices.

Start by giving others the same respect you would want if you were in their position. Just remember, things are never as easy or as simple as they may look. Give value to others, and you will receive it back.


How To Earn Respect and Recognition

If you want the respect of others that do not give it, you are going to have to earn it. Earn it through respecting others as you wish to be. Earn it by pushing yourself to be better, and making yourself stand out as a valuable asset.

Fighting fire with fire will only make things burn. You must be the cool water that puts out the fires and quenches the thirst of others, for something new. Be respectable, and become respected.


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