Brittany Suplicki embarked on her competitive powerlifting career in 2018 at the United States Powerlifting (USAPL) North Carolina State Championships in the -57kg weight class where she took first with a 400kg/882lb total. Since then, the 27-year-old has competed an additional four times with the biggest win of her career this past march at the North American Powerlifting Federation (NAPF) 2020 Arnold SBD Pro American.
Check out Suplicki squat a huge 154kg/340lb to failure below in a recent training session in her garage gym.
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That was almost eight reps. For context on how heavy 154kg/340lb is, it is 2.7 times Suplicki’s competition bodyweight and only 13kg/29lb under her competition best squat of 167.5kg/369lb that she hit at the 2020 Arnold.
In the caption of her post, Suplicki points out she has “always been relentlessly hard on herself”. However, she also comes to terms with the idea that beating herself up for not accomplishing a specific goal will not make her a better lifter, just as celebrating her successes won’t either.
“Stepping back to see where I went wrong, and then re-charting the course of action will.”
Whatever “re-charting the course” means for Suplicki has proven quite effective for her higher rep sets up until now. Just last week she hit a rep PR a successful eight-rep set of 152kg/335lb.
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Another two weeks before that, she squatted 143kg/315lb — about twenty pounds less — for a set of eight.
And three weeks prior to that set, before the quarantine measures were put in place, she made an eight-rep set of 134kg/295lb in her normal gym. That’s twenty pounds less, again.
Suplicki took the silver at the 2019 USAPL Raw Nationals, improving upon her 8th place finish from 2018, with these stats:
- Squat — 157.5lg/347lb
- Bench Press — 95kg/209lb
- Deadlift — 180kg/397lb
- Total — 432.5kg/953lb
Assuming USAPL Raw Nationals will be able to happen as scheduled this year, we can likely expect some big numbers from Suplicki.
Feature image from Brittany Suplicki’s Instagram page: @brittanysuplicki