Katie Anne Squats 405 Pounds at a Bodyweight of 72 Kilograms

Katie Anne is a powerlifter and IFPA Natural Figure Pro who has been taking her squats very seriously. The 2015 USAPL Raw Nationals 72kg Junior National Champion just posted the following video to her Instagram as she prepares for the 2017 Arnold Classic: an extremely impressive squat of 405 pounds (183.7kg) at 72kg bodyweight.

Four plates is no joke for anybody, though our favorite part of the video is the look of sheer ecstasy after she completes the lift.

Her full name is Katie Anna Rutherford, and along with tips like skincare for athletes and motivation tips, her popular YouTube channel has documented her entire journey toward her squat PR, which included a set of ten 315-pound (142.9-kilogram) squats, which we’ve embedded below.

Although she competes as a figure athlete, Rutherford has said in the past that her number one love is strength training. “It’s just you versus the weight,” she told Bret Contreras. “Not much subjectivity to the sport.” She does note that although she is a “dual athlete” in this regard she avoids any form of cardio. (Unless you count sets of more than eight reps.)

Rutherford is planning to compete at the Arnold Classic next week, and it looks like she’ll finish in better standing than at last year’s event. At the 2016 Arnold Pro Raw Challenge, she successfully squatted 375 pounds (170kg) but was red flagged for her third attempt, a 396.8lb (180kg) squat, for failing to achieve depth. (In the opinion of the judge, in any case.)

You can see the “failed” squat below.

At the same competition, she went on to bench 171 pounds (77.5kg) before failing her second attempt and deadlifted 408 pounds (185kg) for a total of 953 pounds.

We wish the best of luck to Rutherford at the 2017 Arnold – we think she’s got some serious PRs in her future.

Featured image via @katieanne100 on Instagram.

Nick English

Nick English

Nick is a content producer and journalist with over seven years’ experience reporting on four continents. His first articles about health were on a cholera outbreak in rural Kenya while he was reporting for a French humanitarian organization. His next writing job was covering the nightlife scene in Shanghai. He’s written on a lot of things.

After Shanghai, he went on to produce a radio documentary about bodybuilding in Australia before finishing his Master’s degrees in Journalism and International Relations and heading to New York City. Here, he’s been writing on health full time for more than five years for outlets like BarBend, Men's Health, VICE, and Popular Science.

No fan of writing in the third person, Nick’s passion for health stems from an interest in self improvement: How do we reach our potential?

Questions like these took him through a lot of different areas of health and fitness like gymnastics, vegetarianism, kettlebell training, fasting, CrossFit, Paleo, and so on, until he realized (or decided) that strength training fit best with the ideas of continuous, measurable self improvement.

At BarBend his writing focuses a little more on nutrition and long-form content with a heaping dose of strength training. His underlying belief is in the middle path: you don’t have to count every calorie and complete every workout in order to benefit from a healthy lifestyle and a stronger body. Plus, big traps are cool.

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