There are a few lifters who seem to possess super human strength, and Jennifer Thompson definitely ranks in that category. Thompson is 43 years old, stands at 5′ 5″, and competes in the 63kg (138 lbs) weight class.
She’s best known for her crazy impressive bench press strength. Yesterday, Thompson shared a video on her YouTube channel that highlighted her most recent personal bench press PR. She was visiting Liberty University’s football training center when she crushed her new PR 325 lb bench.
The most impressive part of this bench was the brief pause and speed. From what it looks like, this bench could have counted in competition, but that’s up for viewer discretion. The speed off her chest was also crazy. The lift honestly looked pretty easy for her.
Thompson’s bench is her claim to fame, but her other lifts are just as impressive. From her personal site she has her best competition equipped and raw lifts listed. For equipped her best lifts include a 403 lb squat, 331 lb bench press, and a 396 lb deadlift, which gives her a 987 lb total.
Currently, Thompson appears to compete primarily in raw competition. Her best raw lifts in competition include a 325 lb squat, 308 lb bench, and 446 lb deadlift, which gives her a total of 1,079 lbs.
Thompson has been competing in powerlifting since 1999, and has more first place finished than we can list. For example, she’s taken first in the IPF Classic World Championships for the women’s 63kg classic weight class the last four years. This past year, she set a new IPF 63kg women’s bench world record with a 312 lb press.
In addition, Thompson holds the IPF world record for the highest total in her weight class, which is 1,069 lbs. She set this in May of 2016 at a weight of 135 lbs.
Thompson’s new bench PR of 325 would break the IPF women’s classic world record easily in competition. Could 2017 be the year we see Thompson put up 320+ in competition?
Feature image from 132poundsofpower YouTube channel.