Powerlifter Amanda Lawrence Sets Three American Records

Her new squat, deadlift, and total records are also unofficial world records.

A lot can happen in a year. If you’re Amanda Lawrence, you apparently add 73 pounds to your already elite powerlifting total and set three new American and unofficial world records. On Nov. 21, 2020, Lawrence competed in the 84-kilogram (185-pound) weight division at the USAPL (USA Powerlifting) Gainzgiving powerlifting meet, held in Appleton, WI.

It was her first meet since Oct. 16, 2019, when Lawrence won both the Open and Junior division at USAPL Raw Nationals, also in the 84-kilogram weight class. Here are the results from Lawrence’s meet, where, according to her, she completed all nine of her attempts for the first time in her career.

  • Back Squat: 256 kilograms (564.4 pounds)*
  • Bench Press: 130 kilograms (286.6 pounds)
  • Deadlift: 260 kilograms (573.2 pounds)*
  • Total: 646 kilograms (1424.2 pounds)*

* New American record.


View this post on Instagram


A post shared by Amanda Lawrence (@miss.amanda.ann)

[Related: What You Need to Know About How to Increase Strength]

According to Open Powerlifting, this was Lawrence’s 14th time competing since 2016, all in the 84-kilogram division. She has never placed less than second place in a full powerlifting meet and has only placed third in the 2019 Arnold Pro Deadlift competition.

Lawrence also owns the Women’s Open Women’s Classic Records for the deadlift, squat, and total in the 84-kilogram class, according to the International Powerlifting Federation (IPF). As they stand, her world records are:

  • Back Squat: 243 kilograms (535.7 pounds)
  • Deadlift: 252.5 kilograms (556.6 pounds)
  • Total: 613 kilograms (1,351.4 pounds)


View this post on Instagram


A post shared by Amanda Lawrence (@miss.amanda.ann)

[Related: Yury Belkin Deadlifts All-Time World Record 445 Kilograms (981 Pounds)]

Lawrence’s American records are heavier than her world records because a meet has to be sanctioned by the International Powerlifting Federation for them to count as official world records. She’s a well-rounded powerlifter, but Lawrence is known to be a prolific squatter. In training, she’s even managed to squat 258.5 kilograms (570 pounds) — with standard commercial gym plates, mind you, not calibrated powerlifting plates. 

Now that Lawrence is back on the platform and clearly stronger than ever, it’s only a matter of time before she goes after her own world records. 

Featured image: @miss.amanda.ann on Instagram