Meanwhile in California…
Powerlifter Aysha Elayan (or Haley as per her Instagram) recently pulled a strong deadlift PR for four reps at the California Elite Training Center. Elayan ended up finishing the 190kg (420 lb) set with a tough fourth rep, but locked it out with sheer will power.
In Elayan’s video’s description she writes, “420×4 rep PR‼️— shout out to @gracievanasse for walking in before my top set only to tell me I had been using a shit bar. So she loaded up the weight on a better bar, stuck around and yelled at me, and then said tootles and left thankful for people like that in this lifting community”
Not going to lie, if you have legendary powerlifter Gracie Vanasse in your face pumping you up, then we don’t think coming up a rep short is possible. Check out the strong set below.
As of right now, Elayan is ranked (per openpowerlifting.org) as holding the 48th spot for 67kg (148 lb) female athletes competing raw.
She earned this ranking with her strong performance in early February when she totaled 454kg (1,003 lbs) at a bodyweight of 66kg (146 lbs). At this meet, Elayan finished with a 160kg (352 lb) squat, an 84kg (187 lb) bench press, and a 210kg (463 lb) deadlift. These lifts earned a Wilks score of 469, along with earning her best lifter and winning her weight class.
Check out the final 210kg (463 lb) deadlift below that bumped over the 1k total milestone.
In a section of her Instagram post’s description above she writes, “I went 7/9. I was very disappointed and had an emotional break down after missing my last squat especially since I had done it in training. Just goes to show training can be going wonderful but a full day at a meet is completely different. Still PR’d my squat from my last meet so I can’t be mad. I cried a little and dusted it off and finished with what I wanted.”
There’s no denying Elayan has and is building a strong mindset when it comes to being under the bar, so we’re pumped what the rest of 2018 and in-store for her. Will we see her edge closer to the 227kg (500 lb) deadlift milestone?
Related: Romanian Deadlift Proper Form
Feature image from @ayshahaleyy_ Instagram page.