Bask in the Glory of Heather Connor’s 185kg/407.9lbs Deadlift; A New American Record

By pulling 4.12 times her bodyweight, Connor also set an unofficial world record.

Powerlifter Heather Connor is an absolute force in the -47 kilogram weight class. She was the first female International Powerlifting Federation (IPF) powerlifter to deadlift four times her bodyweight raw — a feat she has repeated multiple times over — and currently holds the women’s deadlift world record of 176 kilograms (388 pounds). Additionally, she holds the following American records:

  • Squat — 142.5 kilograms (314.1 pounds) — The Arnold, SBD Pro American
  • Deadlift — 183 kilograms (403.3 pounds) — 2019 USA Powerlifting (USAPL) Raw Nationals
  • Total — 397.5 kilograms (876.3 pounds) — The Arnold, SBD Pro American

That American deadlift record is no more as Connor advanced it on Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020, at the USAPL Palmetto Classic in Summerville, South Carolina. The 28-year-old hit a 185 kilogram (407.9 pounds) deadlift — 4.12 times her bodyweight of 44.9 kilograms (98.9 pounds) — setting a new women’s American deadlift record, as well as an unofficial world record. 

Check out that monumental deadlift below courtesy of Connor’s Instagram page:


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2020 USAPL Palmetto Classic

Here are Connor’s first place stats at the 2020 USAPL Palmetto Classic:

  • Squat — 140 kilograms (308.6 pounds) — 3.12 times her bodyweight
  • Bench Press — 70 kilograms (154.3 pounds) — 1.57 times her bodyweight
  • Deadlift — 185 kilograms (407.9 pounds) — New American women’s record, unofficial world record
  • Total — 395 kilograms (870 pounds)

If you want to see all three lifts, you can check them out below also via Connor’s Instagram page:


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According to Open Powerlifting, since making her competitive powerlifting debut at the age of 23 in 2014, Connor has appeared in 16 sanctioned events and has only ever missed the podium twice. Of those 14 podium finishes, 12 of them resulted in gold. The only outliers were silver medal finishes at the 2016 IPF World Classic Powerlifting Championships and the 2015 USAPL Raw Nationals.

Feature image via Heather Connor’s Instagram page: @heather.e.connor