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.

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. 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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