Heather Connor Is the First Female IPF Powerlifter to Deadlift 4x Bodyweight Raw

American powerlifter Heather Connor, weighing in at 44.1 kilograms (97.2 pounds) at 4 feet 10 inches tall, had a pretty monumental meet this weekend. The 27-year-old took the stage at a USA Powerlifting event that was held at the Arnold Classic this weekend and she took home a new world record in the deadlift: 182.5 kilograms (402.3 pounds), or 4.13 times her bodyweight. While this wasn’t an IPF-sanctioned meet, this does make her the first female IPF athlete to deadlift quadruple bodyweight raw.

Take a look at the video of her historic pull below.

Elephant in the room: yeah, she peed. Some research suggests 43 percent of female athletes have involuntarily peed during a workout and it’s nothing to be ashamed of.

The real focus is how freaking impressive that deadlift was. Connor herself holds the current IPF world record in the -47kg category with a 175.5kg (387lb) lift that she made at last year’s Arnold Classic.

Her other lifts from this weekend were also pretty amazing: a 142.5kg (314.1lb) squat, which is well over 3.2 times her bodyweight, and a 72.5kg/159.8lb bench press. All of her max lifts were PRs and her 558 Wilks is the highest ever for a drug tested female.

[Check out our infographic of the best Wilks scores ever recorded.]

She wrote of the event,

Highest female wilks in both the USAPL and in the IPF!!!! Gold in the 47kg and best overall female lifter. (…) I’m so so thankful for everyone that has been by my-side leading into this comp. it’s such a humbling and amazing experience that I will spend the rest of the day basking in the experience! And eating cookies .

Connor took home $1,500 for her trouble and called the weekend “a humbling experience which I will cherish. Congrats to all lifters this weekend who worked their butts off to get to the platform!”

Related: Romanian Deadlifts Guide

Featured image via @stayfit_with_heather 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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