Over the weekend, powerlifter Amanda Lawrence made waves at the USA Powerlifting Med City Raw Open held in Rochester, Minnesota. Lawrence took the platform in the women’s -84kg weight class, and put up some crazy impressive numbers despite only going 5/9 on the meet.
Potentially, Lawrence’s biggest lift from the meet was her 225kg (495 lb) squat, which is an unofficial IPF world record, and is a new American -84kg record. In addition, Lawrence only closely missed her 227.5kg (501 lb) third attempt squat.
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❗️MEET RECAP❗️I ended up going 5/9 (lol) with an unofficial AR/WR squat at 496lb/225kg, then a 501lb/227.5kg deadlift, and a 220lb/100kg bench. My total PR (by 25kg) was 552.5kg @ 83.3kg BW, calculating to a 494.76 Wilks PR (by 20 points)! Definitely not the biggest total that I could’ve put out, but pretty good given the circumstances of a car crash the night before, no sleep, and a last minute weight cut. ——————— As for my *missed* attempts, I had just barely missed my third squat @ 501lbs/227.5kg due to the bar rolling up my back. I also missed both my second and third bench attempts at 231lbs/105kg due to poor execution. Then lastly, I had missed my second deadlift attempt @ 501lbs/227.5kg as my hook grip failed at the top of the pull. Luckily, I was able to come back and smash it on my third attempt!! There is always more to improve and work on. Raw Nats in October will be my next meet. 💪🏼 ———————— I just wanted to give a huge shoutout to my coach @colewarren306. I couldn’t of done any of this without you. You’re the real MVP. 💯 To @usa_powerlifting_mn for putting on such a good meet today! To my sponsor @girlswhopowerlift for their support. 💞 To @calvinator_mn and @babsinradioland for having an excellent first @usapowerlifting meet! 🤗 To @carley_millerpl for doing such an amazing job today! 😊 & Lastly, to @kelleymeyerlawrence @carpentierpowerlifting120kg and @neil_eats_all_the_food for being the greatest support systems. ❤️🙏🏽
In her Instagram video’s description she writes about her meet saying, “I ended up going 5/9 (lol) with an unofficial AR/WR squat at 496lb/225kg, then a 501lb/227.5kg deadlift, and a 220lb/100kg bench. My total PR (by 25kg) was 552.5kg @ 83.3kg BW, calculating to a 494.76 Wilks PR (by 20 points)! Definitely not the biggest total that I could’ve put out, but pretty good given the circumstances of a car crash the night before, no sleep, and a last minute weight cut.”
As for her misses (outside of the third squat attempt miss discussed above), Lawrence wrote that she missed both her second and third bench presses at 105kg (231 lbs) and her second deadlift attempt at 227.5kg (501 lbs) due to her hook grip failing. We’ve seen Lawrence deadlift 238kg (525 lbs) before, so we’re confident that the missed second deadlift was not a strength issue whatsoever.
The next time Lawrence is set to take the platform will be at USAPL Raw Nationals, which are taking place in October this year in Spokane, Washington. As of right now, she’s deloading from her last meet, then picking back up her training where she left off.
In relevant news, at the 2018 IPF World Classic Powerlifting Championships, Daniella Melo (-84kg) had a record shattering performance, aka one of Lawrence’s biggest competitors at Raw Nationals. It’s going to be awesome to watch these two elite athletes go head-to-head as Raw Nationals approaches.
Feature image from @miss_amanda_ann Instagram page.