One athlete can rarely dominate multiple strength sports the way Hunter Henderson does. The strength phenom is unbeaten in her competitive powerlifting career, which touts a perfect record spanning eight sanctioned meets since 2018 in three weight classes (+67.5, 75, and 82.5 kilograms). Among those victories are raw world record squats in the 75- and 82.5-kilogram classes, totaling 295 kilograms and 305 kilograms, respectively.
On Aug. 29, 2022, Henderson took to her Instagram page to share videos wherein she hoists a 250-pound Atlas Stone over a bar and performs a set of 125-pound keg presses for six reps. Henderson’s lifts were performed at the Strong Barbell Club in North Kansas City, MO. Check it out below:
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Henderson’s foray into strongman comes just over a year after earning her Women’s Bodybuilding Pro Card with her win at the 2021 National Physique Committee’s (NPC) USA Championship in Phoenix, AZ. Her excursion into aesthetics was not a transition out of competitive powerlifting, as she scored her most recent powerlifting win at the 2022 World Raw Powerlifting Federation (WRPF) FQ Classic 2 on May 1, 2022, in the 82.5-kilogram class. Here were her stats from the event, including a career-best total, according to Open Powerlifting:
2022 WRPF FQ Classic 2 | Hunter Henderson, 82.5KG (Raw w/Wraps)
- 282.5 kilograms (622.8 pounds)
- 297.5 kilograms (655.9 pounds)
- 305 kilograms (672.4 pounds) — All-Time World Record (raw w/wraps)
- Bench Press
- 147.5 kilograms (325.2 pounds)
- 155 kilograms (341.7 pounds)
157.5 kilograms (347.2 pounds)
- 240 kilograms (529.1 pounds)
- 252.5 kilograms (556.7 pounds)
- 255 kilograms (562.2 pounds)
- Total — 715 kilograms (1,576.3 pounds)
Henderson’s above lifts in the squat and deadlift are within range of premier strongwoman’s lifts. Even though strongwoman contests require a conventional deadlift rather than a sumo stance deadlift, the weight of the deadlift at the 2022 Shaw Classic Women’s Open was 227 kilograms (500.5 pounds), clearly within Henderson’s range assuming she could pull conventional. Alternatively, most strongman and strongwoman contests allow athletes to pull equipped, another boon to Henderson, who primarily competes raw or with wraps.
We’ll see when Henderson decides to make her competitive strongwoman debut if that is in the cards for her future. Should she score a win at a premier strongwoman contest, she would be in a rare class of athletes who have won elite contests in powerlifting, bodybuilding, and strongwoman.
Featured image: @huntermhenderson on Instagram