Powerlifter Janis Finkelman is setting herself up to have an explosive 2018 judging from her latest training videos. Her latest video shines light on her epic deadlift strength and features four strong and easy triples at 440 lbs (200kg).
Finkelman mentions in her Instagram video’s description that these are sets two and three (if you scroll left in the Instagram post carousel) of the four. Check out the video below.
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So Trevor apparently thinks I’m a demon because he gave me this demonic stuff to do tonight and I guess I did a good job convincing him that I am The Heel so I guess there’s no choice but to go with it now right? First I did more of the stupid chain ssb work and then I deadlifted. No one cares about the squatting so it’s at the end there. For deadlifting I did 4 sets of 440 x 3. I think this is sets 2 and 3. K. Ok Trevor. Yeah. Yep. #thevvilone #pariah #teamnoteam #ihookedbeforeitwascool
If you don’t know Finkelman, she’s a powerlifter that competes in the 123 lb and 132 lb weight classes. Her best meet total to date is 1,051 lbs and she currently holds the 132 lb women’s IPL world record deadlift.
She set the IPL deadlift world record back in August 2017 with the 496 lb pull (shown below) at the USPA Bar Benders Raw Championship in Minnesota. To add to this lift’s impressiveness, she hookgripped the lift, but more on that below.
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Here is my 496 all time world record at 132 from yesterday; I want to thank @markvbrandenburg for getting this video. This was a lift I'm pretty sure I got basically only because I wanted it, it was what I came for, and I had no other choice. It was not perfect, or easy. Nothing hard won is. I'm grateful for the last year, one of the hardest of my life, and not remotely just because of my arm. I just started a new job three weeks ago, I have had some pretty significant emotional turmoil, I've dealt with a lot of depression this year. This lift gave me closure on things that needed it badly. I had no idea what was going on after it returned to the ground. I want to thank everyone for the outpouring of love that I have felt in the time since I completed this lift. I have felt alone very much in the past year. I know I am not. Thanks to everyone for your support and amazing words. If I haven't gotten back to you yet, I will. #prohooker #notirrelevantasfuck #girlswithmuscle #girlswhopowerlift #deadlift
This deadlift was a huge deal for Finkelman, as for the whole year before this meet she was rehabbing a torn bicep tendon. In the mid-summer of 2016, Finkelman tore her bicep tendon deadlifting 460 lb for a double with a mixed grip, hence the switch to hookgrip.
In her 496 lb deadlift video’s description she writes, “This was a lift I’m pretty sure I got basically only because I wanted it, it was what I came for, and I had no other choice. It was not perfect, or easy. Nothing hard won is. I’m grateful for the last year, one of the hardest in my life, and not remotely just because of my arm.”
The 496 deadlift isn’t the only world record Finkelman has set in her career. For quite a while she held the 123 lb deadlift all-time world record, which she set back in 2015.
At this 2015 meet, Finkelman totaled 905 lbs with a 303 lb squat, 192 lb bench press, and 454 lb deadlift. Check out the video below.
As of right now, we’re unsure when Finkelman plans to compete next, although, judging from her latest progress video, we’d guess she’s going to put up some strong numbers whenever that may be.
Feature image from @janisfinkelman Instagram page.