Speculating if there is a weight powerlifter Jess Buettner can’t deadlift may be a fool’s errand. On May 4, 2022, she took to her Instagram page to share a video wherein she deadlifted a 250-kilogram (551.2-pound) raw double in the gym. That weight isn’t just heavy; it is 2.5 kilograms (5.5 pounds) over the current International Powerlifting Federation (IPF) raw world record in the 76-kilogram weight class, which she scored at the 2021 IPF World Classic Championships in Halmstad, Sweden.
Check out Buettner’s jaw-dropping double in the video below, courtesy of her Instagram page. For the set, she wore only a lifting belt and orange lifting shoes, foregoing knee sleeves, and used a mixed grip with thoroughly chalked hands:
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Buettner is having quite the week of training. While she did not disclose her body weight at the time of her lifts, each rep is 3.3 times her competition body weight. In addition to her record-eclipsing double, she hit an unofficial IPF world record raw squat of 220 kilograms (485 pounds) four days prior while training with four-time Mr. Olympia champion Jay Cutler. A week before that, on April 26, 2022, Buettner posted a video of her then raw deadlift double PR of 245 kilograms (540.1 pounds).
The IPF record book currently has Buettner’s name scribbled all over it. In the 76-kilogram class, she holds the IPF raw squat, raw deadlift, and raw total world records. Here they are below:
IPF Raw World Records | Jessica Buettner | Women’s 76KG
- Squat — 210.5 kilograms (464.1 pounds)
- Deadlift — 247.5 kilograms (545.6 pounds)
- Total — 563 kilograms (1,241.2 pounds)
Buettner is amidst her preparation for two upcoming sanctioned powerlifting meets. The first is the 2022 Canadian Powerlifting Union (CPU) National Championships, scheduled for May 9-14, 2022, in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. The second is the 2022 IPF World Championships, scheduled for June 6-12, 2022, in Sun City, Africa.
Given the frequency with which Buettner has been annihilating world record weight in training, it seems likely that she will best her squat and deadlift world records in Sun City. We’ll have a better sense of how heavy she is willing to go at the CPU National Championships, but expect the IPF to have to update their records page once Buettner steps off the lifting platform.
Featured image: @djessicabuettner on Instagram