Chen Wei-Ling (47kg) Deadlifts 180kgs (4.5kg Over the World Record)

Chen Wei-Ling is one of Taiwan’s best-known powerlifters, and she’s just reminded us all why she’s at the top of the sport. While she sat out this year’s IPF Open World Championships, she made sure to go ahead and break the IPF deadlift world record anyway — unofficially, during a training session.

Take a look at her pushing her way through a huge raw sumo deadlift of 180 kilograms (396.8 pounds). The distorted sound kind of makes it sound like it’s happening on another planet.

[Ever wondered why the sumo deadlift gets so much hate? Here’s one writer’s theory.] 

That’s 4.5 kilograms (10 pounds) heavier than the current world record in the lift, a 175.5kg deadlift made by America’s Heather Connor earlier this year.

The clip was posted by Iron Sisterhood, a women’s powerlifting Instagram account, who wrote of the lift,

Her execution is exceptional- listen for her Bruce Lee-esque “Super-stiffening” (ala Dr. Stuart McGill) which allows her to generate the force to lift this “so easily”. This is how the best in the world deadlifts!!

The man they’re referring to, Dr. Stuart McGill, is a renowned expert in spinal biomechanics and a big fan of synchronously firing the glutes, abdominal wall, and lats to release more neural input to all of the muscles in the body. (Here’s a short paper he wrote on the subject.)

Chen Wei-Ling doesn’t have much of an Instagram presence these days so there’s not a ton of information out there about how she’s training currently. But she did post the clip above her quietly hitting a triple of 143 kilograms (315.3 pounds) at 44 kilograms (97lb) bodyweight.

Chen has also medaled in weightlifting, having represented Chinese Taipei (Taiwan) at the Athens, Beijing, and Rio Olympics. She took home bronze in 2008 with a 196kg total.

But of course, we couldn’t post about Chen Wei-Ling without reliving her Earth-shattering 4.5x bodyweight squat from last year’s IPF Open World Championships: 210 kilograms (463lb) at 46.75 kilograms bodyweight.

We’re looking forward to her return to competition.

Featured image via @ironsisterhood on Instagram.

Nick English

Nick English

Nick is a content producer and journalist with over seven years’ experience reporting on four continents. His first articles about health were on a cholera outbreak in rural Kenya while he was reporting for a French humanitarian organization. His next writing job was covering the nightlife scene in Shanghai. He’s written on a lot of things.

After Shanghai, he went on to produce a radio documentary about bodybuilding in Australia before finishing his Master’s degrees in Journalism and International Relations and heading to New York City. Here, he’s been writing on health full time for more than five years for outlets like BarBend, Men's Health, VICE, and Popular Science.

No fan of writing in the third person, Nick’s passion for health stems from an interest in self improvement: How do we reach our potential?

Questions like these took him through a lot of different areas of health and fitness like gymnastics, vegetarianism, kettlebell training, fasting, CrossFit, Paleo, and so on, until he realized (or decided) that strength training fit best with the ideas of continuous, measurable self improvement.

At BarBend his writing focuses a little more on nutrition and long-form content with a heaping dose of strength training. His underlying belief is in the middle path: you don’t have to count every calorie and complete every workout in order to benefit from a healthy lifestyle and a stronger body. Plus, big traps are cool.

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