Crystal Tate Becomes First Woman to Deadlift 600lbs Raw at -198lbs

Crystal Tate joined the handful of women to deadlift 600 lbs or more at the Arnold Classic this past weekend. She competed in the XPC Finals Full Power meet in the Pro Classic -198lb weight class. The XPC’s pro classic division allows athletes to wear a belt, knee sleeves, and wraps if they choose to.

Below is the video of Tate’s epic pull, which made her the first ever woman to pull 600 lbs raw in the -198lb weight class in competition.

There’s no doubt that this is an epic feat of strength, but the lockout could be a little questionable. It’s hard to tell from this angle if her hips are full extended/locked, but the referee gave her the down signal, so it’s hard to argue the call itself.

She completed the meet with epic lifts including a 640 lb squat, 300 lb bench, and the 600 lb deadlift, which gave her a ridiculous 1,540 lb total.

If you follow Tate already, you know she’s known for crazy deadlift and squat strength. She held the previous women’s raw deadlift world record in the 198lb weight class at 573lbs, and set it in December of 2015.

To add to Tate’s long list of impressive strength accomplishements, a few months in December 2016, she became one of the few women to squat 700 lbs.

She completed this lift with knee wraps on and at a heavier weight than her normal -198lb competition weight. Like the deadlift video above, this squat’s depth looks a little questionable, but the judges gave her the call.

Max attempts – or world record attempts for that matter – are often a little messy when it comes to their final call and lockout. It always weighs on the judge’s opinions who are making the split second decision. Regardless your personal opinions on her lifts, the judges gave the lifts to her, so it’s hard to argue their legitimacy.

There’s no arguing that Tate is one of the strongest female powerlifters in the 198 lb class. She frequently breaks her own world records and doesn’t appear to be slowing down anytime soon.

Feature image screenshot from Crystal Tate YouTube channel. 


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Jake holds a Master's in Sports Science and a Bachelor's in Exercise Science. Currently, Jake serves as one of the full time writers and editors 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. As of right now, Jake has published over 1,100 articles related to strength athletes and sports. Articles about powerlifting concepts, advanced strength & conditioning methods, and topics that sit atop a strong science foundation are Jake's bread-and-butter. On top of his personal writing, Jake edits and plans content for 15 writers and strength coaches who come from every strength sport.Prior to BarBend, Jake worked for two years as a strength and conditioning coach for hockey and lacrosse players, and was a writer at the Vitamin Shoppe's corporate office. Jake regularly competes in powerlifting in the 181 lb weight class, and considers himself a weightlifting shoe sneaker head. On the side of writing full time, Jake works as a part-time strength coach and works with clients through his personal business Concrete Athletics in Hoboken and New York City.