Isabella Von Weissenberg (-72kg) Squats 196.5kg for a New World Record

Meanwhile in Málaga, Spain, the European Powerlifting Federation’s Classic Cup has just wrapped up three days of competition. The EPF are yet to publish the official results on their page, but one of the raw lifts has already made the rounds: the -72kg athlete Isabella Von Weissenberg’s new IPF world record squat of 196.5kg (433.2 pounds).

If you want to see a perfect example of the kind of raw strength and primal drive you need to take home a world record, watch it below — we almost thought she wasn’t going to make this one.

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The lift made headlines in her native Sweden, with articles focusing on the interesting story behind the lift.

In June, the -72kg squat record was broken twice in an epic squat battle between Von Weissenberg and Brazil’s Ana Rosa Castellain. Going into the 2017 IPF World Championships in Minsk, Von Weissenberg held the world record with 192.5 kilograms (424.4 pounds), which Castellain matched. Von Weissenberg then broke her record by 500 grams.

Fifteen minutes later, Castellain approached the stage and nailed a 196kg (432.1lb) squat. Here are the two lifts side by side.

Right afterward, Von Weissenberg attempted a 197.5kg squat, but it wasn’t to be.

She wrote in September,

Obviously I want that record back, but it doesn’t make me any less impressed by her and glad for her success. Much respect and motivation!

This weekend, she fulfilled her wish.

Von Weissenberg is one of Europe’s most promising -72kg powerlifters and in addition to her world squat record she holds the European total record at 500.5 kilograms (1,103.4 pounds), which she made at the same meet where the squat battle took place.

Her specialty is the squat but she’s also an impressive deadlifter, regularly pulling over 200 kilograms. The heaviest we’ve seen from her was 215 kilograms (474 pounds), although this lift didn’t get a pass from the judges due to either a grip slip or shoulders not being locked.

We’re looking forward to her next meet.

Featured image via @ivweissenberg 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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