Powerlifter Christine Castro (66kg) Deadlifts a Strong Beltless 200kg

When was the last time you ran a mock meet for your training? Have you ever done it beltless? Yesterday, Canadian powerlifter Christine Castro shared a beltless mock meet on her Instagram page that highlights a few extremely strong lifts and show great promise towards her platform comeback.

Castro, a seasoned 63/72kg athlete, weighed in at 66kg and hit numbers that would be very competitive on a national scale, and come closer to her personal all-time bests. To top it off, she completed the mock meet beltess, so more than likely her official competition numbers are hovering above what she hit for the mock.

In Castro’s Instagram carousel’s description she writes,Beltless Mock Meet was a success 

  • Bw 66kg
  • 175kgs/386lbs
  • 90kgs/198lbs
  • 200kgs/441lbs

@afterburnbarbell never cease to remind me why I love this sport with all the continues support”

In respects to the numbers Castro just hit and what she did at her last meet, these numbers are crazy competitive, and remember, she hit the lifts above all beltless. Castro’s last meet was at Canadian Powerlifting Union (CPU) Nationals in late February.

At this meet, Castro took third in the -72k Open weight class weighing in at a light 69kg and put up strong numbers across the board. She finished with a 180kg squat, an 85kg bench press, and a 202.5kg deadlift.

One thing we thought was cool to note from the two clips included in this article is that if you watch the deadlift video above compared to the 202.5kg at Nationals, then you’ll notice Castro’s beltless pull’s speed is much faster off the floor, so we’re curious where her 1-RM is currently sitting at. Plus, she deadlifted the 200kg beltless at a lighter weight.

We’re pumped to see what Castro ends up accomplishing as the year progresses. Judging from her latest mock meet, she’s setting herself up for more 2018 successes.

Feature image from @sneakersoverstilettos Instagram page. 


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Jake holds a Master's in Sports Science and a Bachelor's in Exercise Science. Currently, Jake serves as one of the full time writers and editors at BarBend. He's a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and has spoken at state conferences on the topics of writing in the fitness industry and building a brand. As of right now, Jake has published over 1,100 articles related to strength athletes and sports. Articles about powerlifting concepts, advanced strength & conditioning methods, and topics that sit atop a strong science foundation are Jake's bread-and-butter. On top of his personal writing, Jake edits and plans content for 15 writers and strength coaches who come from every strength sport.Prior to BarBend, Jake worked for two years as a strength and conditioning coach for hockey and lacrosse players, and was a writer at the Vitamin Shoppe's corporate office. Jake regularly competes in powerlifting in the 181 lb weight class, and considers himself a weightlifting shoe sneaker head. On the side of writing full time, Jake works as a part-time strength coach and works with clients through his personal business Concrete Athletics in Hoboken and New York City.