Powerlifter Daniella Melo Deadlifts a Huge 240kg (530 lb) Lifetime PR

As the old saying goes, when it rains it pours.

This is our second time writing about an athlete’s strong deadlift performance in two consecutive weeks, and we’re not going to lie, we don’t hate it. Last week, we wrote about Daniella Melo’s strong 225kg (495 lb) deadlift triple. At the time, we thought that was a big set, but she’s proven to the strength sports community once again just how strong her training is going.

In her latest Instagram video carousel, Melo deadlifts a strong 240kg (530 lbs) with straps, then 235kg (518 lbs) without. Melo writes in the video’s description, “240kg/ 530lbs PR (first vid) after 235kg/518lbs. Prep for IPF Worlds starts in a couple days. Let’s f**king go”

This is significant set, as it tops the current -84kg IPF Classic Deadlift World Record by a significant amount (10kg). At Melo’s most recent competition which took place at the 2018 Arnold Classic, she unofficially broke the -84kg IPF world record squat and total. It was at this competition Melo also pulled 227kg (501 lbs) to eclipse the 500 lb competition milestone.

Melo already holds the -84kg IPF squat world record at 206.5kg, and has since squatted 222.5kg (490 lb) at the 2018 Arnold Classic (referenced above).

Also, check out Melo’s latest squat video where she hits 188kg (415 lbs) for an easy six reps. In the video description Melo writes, “My body is feeling wrekt from all this volume but I definitely feel like I have more energy going into each training sesh since I’ve been working with @hybridperformancemethod for nutrition. 415lbs for 6s”  

Judging from her latest training videos, it seems like it’s only a matter of time until Melo officially claims the total and deadlift world records, along with pushing her squat world record even further.

This year, the IPF World Classic Powerlifting Championships are set to take place June 5-17th in Calgary, Canada. Will Melo take down three official records come competition time?

Feature image from @daniellamelo Instagram page. 

Jake Boly

Jake Boly

Jake holds a Master's in Sports Science and a Bachelor's in Exercise Science. Currently, Jake serves as the Fitness and Training Editor 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 1,200 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 a personal trainer the three years before that, and most recently he was the content writer at The Vitamin Shoppe's corporate office.

Jake competes in powerlifting in the 181 lb weight class, and considers himself a professional knee rehabber after tearing his quad squatting in 2017. 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 New York City.

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