Kimberly Walford Handily Wins USPA Drug Tested Nationals

Multiple IPF world record holder Kimberly Walford handily won the USPA Drug Tested Nationals that were held in Charleston, West Virginia this week, and while she didn’t set any more IPF world records, she broke a few open records in the USPA and the IPL.

The -75kg class had more competitors than any other category and she utterly dominated it with a total of 545.5 kilograms, 145.5kg (320.8lb) more than second place finisher Marlow King. Walford pulled off a 193kg squat (425.5lb), 110kg bench (242.5lb), and 242.5kg (534.6lb) deadlift.

One interesting tidbit is that the first time she prepared for her squat, it was misloaded by 5 kilograms on one side. She felt the difference when she took the bar on her shoulders and reracked it. This performance earned her a Wilks of 536.445. She wrote on Instagram,

I had a great time this weekend at @uspapower DT Nats!!! Thank you @uspa_east for putting on the meet and all the great people who volunteered to make it happen. It was such an awesome environment!! I weighed in at 71.19kg_156.96lbs , Sq 193kg_425.49lbs, Bh 110kg_242, DL 242.5kg_534.62lbs, and TL 545.48kg_1202.59lbs. W: 536.42 

I’m honored to say that I won the 75kg class – Open and SubMaster Divisions; Best Female lifter-Open and SubMaster Divisions; and had the opportunity to break some DT and NDT IPL World, USPA National, and USPA NJ State Records in the Open and SubMaster divisions. 

I will never get tired of thanking GOD first for this blessing of strength. 

[Check out the highest Wilks of all time in our sweet infographic here!]

Her heaviest deadlift at an IPF event? As a -72kg athlete, she managed this 243kg pull in January 2017 that still stands today as a world record.

But heaviest deadlift we’ve ever seen from her was an unofficial record of 250kg that she made at an event called the Kim & Ray Speed Power Strength Invitational 2018, which she hosted with her friend (and fellow IPF world record holder) Ray Williams.

We’re unsure of her next meet, but Walford is slated to conduct a workshop with Jen Thompson and Iron Siters USA at Nebraska’s Midland University this August.

Featured image via @trackfu 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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