Powerlifter Jen Thompson Wins 11th IPF Classic Bench Press Championship Title

Jen Thompson won the IPF World Open Classic Bench Press Championships with a 308 pound press.

Powerlifter Jen Thompson just keeps on winning. The 10-time International Powerlifting Federation (IPF) World Classic Bench Press Champion didn’t just show up at the IPF World Open, Sub Junior, Junior & Master Classic & Equipped Bench Press Championships, but she dominated and won her 11th IPF Open Classic title.

Thompson has claimed multiple USAPL Raw National titles over here career, and currently holds five all-time IPF World Records in the -63kg and -72kg weight classes (two of which are in the bench press single lift category).

While she notes on her Instagram that it wasn’t her best performance, she was still pleased to come away with the win,

“I won my 11th IPF World Open title today (3rd Raw Bench). It wasn’t the best day, but in the end I came to win. My opener was an easy 276 lb. I went to 308 lb. and missed it. My feet totally slipped on the carpet and I got stuck in the middle of the lift. It was an interesting competition now. The Russian lifter went over my 3rd and was taking a shot at the win. You can see, I try to set up, but my feet are still slipping. So I set up again, but farther down the bench hoping to get more grip.

With just about no leg drive, I finished the lift. The Russian lifter didn’t get the weight off her chest. 
Another thing I sort of miscalculated was the time change. I felt great, but clearly lifting in the middle of the night took a bit of it out of me.”

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I won my 11th @theipf World Open title today (3rd Raw Bench). It wasn't the best day, but in the end I came to win. My opener was an easy 276 lb. I went to 308 lb. and missed it. My feet totally slipped on the carpet and I got stuck in the middle of the lift. It was an interesting competition now. The Russian lifter went over my 3rd and was taking a shot at the win. You can see, I try to set up, but my feet are still slipping. So I set up again, but farther down the bench hoping to get more grip. With just about no leg drive, I finished the lift. The Russian lifter didn't get the weight off her chest. Another thing I sort of miscalculated was the time change. I felt great, but clearly lifting in the middle of the night took a bit of it out of me. A huge "thank you" to my partner in crime @jenniferthompsonshusband, the raw bench coaching staff and of course my sponsors: @sbdapparel @sbd.usa @sspnutrition @lvdfitness Good news is I get to try it all again Wednesday! Thanks to all of you who sent me well wishes! @usapowerlifting @kingofthelifts @ironsisterhoood @powerlifting4women @rawpowerlifting @pwrlft_community @givemesport @girlswhopowerlift @powerliftingwomen @barbend @powerliftingmotivation @striveforwomen @houseofhighlights @womenshealthmag #thompsonsgym #ironsisterhood #strongmoms

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In the powerlifting world, Thompson is known for her insane raw bench press strength, and while this time on the platform she may have not had the record-breaking performance we’re used to seeing, she still picked up her 11th win which says something about her long, and seriously elite career.

Before the IPF Bench Press Championships, Thompson last competed at the Arnold SBD Grand Prix where she recorded a 137.4kg/303.1lbs bench press and finished in fifth place overall. The same day she competed in the Arnold Titan Pro Bench Bash and finished in first place with a single bench press of 139.9kg, or 308 lbs.

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Repost from @girlswhopowerlift – [5 Things I Learned About Benching from Jen Thompson] written by @bigbenchas Benching Is A Total Body Movement- The bench engages your lower body just as much as it does your upper body if performed correctly! If you’ve seen @jenthompson132 bench, you can actually see how she uses her legs within the movement. When she pushes the weight off her chest, she’s not just using her upper body muscles as one might think. She is actually getting just as big a push from her legs than anywhere else! When you learn to use your legs to assist your bench it will unlock so much potential strength for you. Heavy Holds For The Bench Press- This is a fantastic way to overload your nervous system and gets you “primed” to lift heavy. After holding 500 lbs, 300 lbs is going to feel a lot lighter! It’s an awesome way to start a workout. Not only does it provide the feeling of weight feeling lighter after, but it also teaches them to “get tighter” before working sets. If you can bring the tightness required to hold 500 lbs for 10 seconds to 200 lb “speed work”, you are going to get a lot out of that training session. Squeeze The Bar With Your Pinky- If you think about bringing 100% effort to squeezing the bar as tight as possible with your smallest, weakest end finger, you’ll begin to bring 110% effort to squeezing the bar with the rest of your hand. It’s how you frame the action in your mind that makes all the difference and I can say this cue has made a profound impact on my athletes' training as well as my own. Progress Isn’t Always Linear- This is a great lesson not only for beginners but serves as a great reminder to veterans of the sport as well from time to time. Sometimes there’s a different goal, or the game plan changes as the meet ensues, or record strength simply isn’t there that day. Take the entirety of her career and you’ll see that the trend is always steadily increasing. Give Something Back- This is one of Arnold’s 6 rules to success. We typically take with ease but never give back. Sharing knowledge, helping out at meets, hosting events, introducing a friend to the sport. _ 📸 @lvdmedia Read the full article @girlswhopowerlift

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Thompson continues to build upon her career accolades every time she takes the platform. With another title under her belt, we’re excited to see what competition she crushes next.

Photo credit @jenthompson132 Instagram page.

Celia Balf

Celia Balf

Celia is a Staff News Writer at BarBend. At the BarBend office, you can find Celia writing news stories covering the largest strength sport competitions in the world, in-depth features with world record-holders, big lifts, and everything in-between. Celia also orchestrates and helps create content for the BarBend social media pages. She is a former Division 1 soccer player turned content producer and sports journalist.

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