18 Year Old Daniella Melo Squats 455 lbs

Daniella Melo, 18, may be the strongest female teenager you see today (or this week). She puts up weight most athletes struggle with like it’s nothing. Melo competes in the 84kg weight class and has already built a strong powerlifting resume for her young age.

Her recent video features an easy 455 lb squat with a belt and what appear to be SBD knee sleeves. The current American world record for the 84kg weight class is 473 lbs and was set in 1998 by Jill Brown-Mills. Melo is only 18 lbs off the record and made 455 look easy.

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The best part about the video – besides how easy she moved the weight – is the list of comments that followed. People are blown away, as they should be. Melo is only 18 years old and is closing in on an American squat record.

Her deadlift is equally as impressive, with her most recent video featuring an easy 475 lb pull. How easy was it? Her speed was unbroken and she finished the lift with a big smile that screams, “That was easy.”

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Like the squat video, viewers seem blown away by how easy Melo made the lift look. If you already follow Melo, then the comments are no surprise to you. Last year, she took first for the -84kg weight class at the USA Powerlifting Raw Nationals in the Raw Teen 3 division and second in the Open division.

To give a little context into how strong Melo is for her weight class and age, her first place finish in the Raw Teen 3 division was 60kg ahead of second. Her final lifts were a 187.5kg (412.5 lb) squat, 100kg (220 lb) bench, 205kg (451 lb) deadlift, and 497.5kg (1,094 lb) total.

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To top off her successful 2016, Melo has been invited to be part of the US National Raw Team to compete at the IPF World Classic Powerlifting Championship in Belarus this June.

Her 2016 was a great year and she’s already crushing 2017, so it looks like the skies the limit for this young powerlifter. Now the question is, when will she claim the American squat record?

Feature image from @daniellamelo Instagram page. 


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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.