Iowa-based powerlifter Janis Finkelman has set a new IPL deadlift world record with a mighty pull of 225 kilograms (496 pounds) at 60kg (132lb), more than 3.75 times her bodyweight.
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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
The lift took place at the USPA Bar Benders Raw Championship in Minnesota this weekend. (Bar Benders has no affiliation with BarBend.) All in all, she squatted 341 pounds (154.7kg) in knee sleeves, benched 214 pounds (97kg), and deadlifted 496 pounds for a total of 1,051 pounds (476.7kg).
In an Instagram post, she wrote of her performance:
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.
The surgery she’s referring to was a torn distal biceps tendon, an injury that occurred in mid-July 2016 — that may be why she’s pulling hook grip here, something that’s somewhat unusual for world record-breaking lifts. Since then, Finkelman has been chronicling her rehab and her slow-but-sure return to strength in raw, honest social media posts.
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We last wrote about her in April when she pulled 460 pounds (208.6 kilograms) for a double, so her rehab appears to be working pretty well.
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July 10, 2016 I tore my bicep on the second rep with 460 lbs. Today, I did that set again weighing about ten pounds lighter (135) and it felt easier. And it felt good, because tearing my bicep and having to have surgery was not fun. And it has not been a fun climb back from that shit. I have really screwed up and fallen backward into dark mental places multiple times. I have been afraid more times than I know and I have almost quit more times than I want to say. But I didn't. I'm still here, my bicep is still attached, and no my back doesn't hurt from this, jeez y'all. #prohooker #girlswhosmokecigars #irrelevantasfuck #ridiculous👏👏
This was a significant weight because the second rep of a set of 460-pound deadlifts is what tore her bicep in the first place. Now that she’s back at full strength, we can’t wait to see what kind of numbers this athlete will hit in the future.
Featureg image via @janisfinkelman on Instagram.