Powerlifter Isabella Von Weissenberg Breaks Her World Squat Record In Training

Swedish powerlifting phenomenon Isabella von Weissenberg is continuing her conquest of the sport. The twenty-seven-year-old just unofficially broke the IPF world squat record in the -72kg weight class with a mammoth 202.5 kilograms (446.4 pounds).

Take a look at the video she posted to her Instagram below — the speed at which she made an unofficial world record is insane.

Casual single at 202.5kg /445.3lbs @8. AND AN ALL TIME PB.

Joke aside though, NOT so casual. The attentive viewer will see that I am SHAKING before the lift begins 😂 But fact remains, speed was good and it felt easy.

Most difficult thing today was admitting that the previous single at 200kg was actually RPE 7, because you know, it still feels a little cray cray to be moving these weights around.

If she made this lift on the platform, she’d be breaking the current world record of 200 kilograms, which she holds herself. (Note that one year ago, she held the record of 192.5kg.) Von Weissenberg made the 200-kilogram (441-pound) raw lift at this year’s Arnold Classic barely a month ago.

It’s noteworthy that she made this lift again two weeks ago, and the difference in speed is seriously mindblowing.

[Isabella von Weissenberg is one of our 12 favorite female strength athletes we’re celebrating in 2018. Read the rest of the list!]

Naturally, she also held the previous record of 196.5 kilograms, but we’ll never forget the intense squat battle that took place at the IPF World Championships last June, when the record was broken three times as she and Brazilian athlete Ana Castellain traded squats. Watch a battle for the ages here.

While her specialty is the squat, she also holds the European deadlift record with 215 kilograms (474 pounds), which she also made at the recent Arnold Classic. This lift also earned her a European record total of 512.5kg (1,130 lb). A far cry from Kimberly Walford‘s 540kg IPF world record total, but extremely impressive nonetheless.

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Today I lifted at the Grand Prix by SBD at the Arnold Classic Sports festival in Columbus, Ohio. What an incredible experience it was. The platform, the huge crowd, the noise, the packed expohall, the best lifters in the world on stage.. quite extraordinary all of it, I’m so happy I was able to be there – and I really did my best meet ever, both in numbers and in feels: I squatted a new WORLD RECORD AT 200 KG (440lbs), a goal I’ve dreamed about daily since I started lifting. Benched 97.5kg. Deadlifted a european record at 215kg / 474lbs (video), at last hitting that +triple bodyweight, also one of my major goals. I totalled 512.5kg for a european record, a 505.3 Wilks and a 12kg meet PR – all of this despite having trained on a calorie deficit since November. (Although I did completely pig out on steak, mac and cheese and a billion other things last night and weighed in at 70.92 hahah. Win!) Thank you @miketuchscherer for your STELLAR coaching and programming. I am amazed and almost perplexed by how well my training has been going since I started working with @reactivetrainingsystems. Can’t wait to see where this will lead! THANK YOU @jim_rts for your solid meet day coaching, handling me on the platform and for 10/10 support with all of the preparations involved. A good handler that you have trust in and that knows you well is simply imperative and I couldn’t have been in better hands. Thank you @getthelift for all the incredible help in the warmup area and throughout the day. Thank you team Sweden for all the support in the audience. Thank you everyone at my club @goteborgkk for being the best squad in the world and for supporting me in every step of my progress since day one. Thank you @tyngre for making me able to get to the Arnolds in the first place, for lifting me up and cheering me on since in so many ways. Thank you @martinberkhan for impeccable nutrition coaching. Thank you @styrkelyftforbundet and @usapowerlifting for letting me compete at this incredible meet. Thank you to EVERYONE who sends their best wishes and congratulates and supports in any way. All of this makes me feel more honored and happy than I have words for to describe.❤️

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We understand that she’s currently trying to diet down to compete in the -63kg class and while that will likely come with a loss in strength, those -63kg records should be worried.

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. At BarBend his writing 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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