Carola Garra (63kg) Crushes a 308 lb Bench Press, Closes Gap On World Record

Could we see Jen Thompson's world record fall by the end of this year?

There’s no denying that the women’s IPF -63kg weight class is always one of the most thrilling to watch at the IPF World Classic Championships. With Lya Bavoil’s massive squats, Samantha Calhoun’s strong deadlifts, and Jen Thompson’s insane bench presses, and Carola Garra’s world record breaking totals, it’s no wonder this is always a weight class to watch until the very finish.

Despite this year’s IPF Classic World Championships being postponed, all of the athletes above have been continuing their training and pushing the envelope further for what’s possible in their weight class. All of this bring us to Italian powerlifter Carola Garra, who just shared a monstrous bench press video on her Instagram page.

In her latest video, Garra highlights a 140kg/308 lb bench press that almost looks routine for her. Check out the smooth bench press below.

This is a huge bench press and milestone for Garra for two key reasons. First, it’s a personal best for Garra and it’s only 2.5kg shy of Thompson’s current record that she set at the 2018 IPF World Classic Powerlifting Championships. Second, it’s a lift that adds to her already strong total.

At the 2019 Classic Championships, she brought home first place and two new IPF world records with a 185.5kg squat and 503kg total (both of which have been topped by Bavoil). Her 503kg total was comprised of a 185.5kg squat, 130kg bench press, and 187.5kg deadlift.

Despite their crazy impressiveness, these numbers are beginning to look like feats from the past. Her mock meet video from late March features a 192.5kg squat and smooth 205kg deadlift. Combine these with her latest bench press, and the world record total is completely blown out of the water by her latest progress.

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Non somiglia tantissimo alla Sheffield Arena ma non è poi così male 😅 . Squat 182.5/192.5/200 ❌ Panca 125/132.5/137.5 Stacco 185/197.5/205 Total 535kg Bw 63.2 . Dopo la grande delusione dell'annullamento di Sheffield decidiamo comunque di fare i test nel giorno prestabilito, essendo molto fortunata ad avere una home gym. +32kg dal mondiale classic, molto soddisfatta del risultato di oggi. . Adrenalina a 0, peso raggiunto con molta difficoltà vista la sedentarietà di questo periodo, ma la forma fisica è stata soddisfacente. I 200 sono stati un azzardo, fosse stata una gara sarebbe stato più razionale provare 197.5/198 ma non avendo nulla da perdere abbiamo (senza consenso del coach 😂) deciso di provarli. Spero che questo periodo passi il prima possibile, che tutti possiamo tornare alla nostra vita e spero di poter portare questi chili e anche di più in una vera pedana quanto prima. . Grazie al mio tuttofare di oggi, spotter, caricatore, assistant coach, motivatore, arbitro, e tanto altro @cbwannabench ❤. Al mio allenatore, solo una pandemia poteva tenerci divisi in una giornata di test @barbellacademyroma ❤. Alla mia famiglia, sarebbero dovuti venire a Sheffield e invece eccoci qui oggi, per fortuna comunque stiamo tutti bene ed insieme @degliantichigladiatori @garraalberto ❤ Ancora un grazie a @sbdapparel per tutta l'attrezzatura fornita.

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If she’s able to continue with her strong progress across the big three, then we may see Garra smash more world records at the next IPF World Classic Powerlifting Championships that are taking place this fall.

Feature image from @carolagarra Instagram page.

Jake Boly

Jake Boly

Jake holds a Master’s in Sports Science and a Bachelor’s in Exercise Science. Currently, Jake serves as the Fitness and Training Editor at BarBend. He’s a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and has spoken at state conferences on the topics of writing in the fitness industry and building a brand.

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