Powerlifter Melissa Barber Pulls a Huge 206kg (455 lb) at 57kg (127 lb) Bodyweight

If you read this title and thought, “Hey didn’t I just see an article similar to this?” Our answer would be yes, yes you did.

Less than a week ago, we wrote on 56/57kg powerlifting athlete Melissa Barber and her insane deadlift strength. In that article, we highlighted her huge 201kg (445 lb) deadlift at a bodyweight of 57kg, which was a big PR.

Well, it didn’t take long for Barber to push her deadlift PR even further, in fact, it only took five days. In her latest video, Barber pulls a huge 206kg (455 lb) PR at a bodyweight of 57kg (127 lb), aka a pull of 3.5 times her bodyweight.

In our last article, we weren’t sure when Barber would be taking the platform again, so we reached out and asked when she’s competing next. “Currently, not until USAPL Raw Nationals in October. I might do one during the summer though,” Barber said.

Last year, Barber took third in the women’s 57kg weight class at 2017 USAPL Nationals behind Jennifer Millican and Jessica Shay Edwards. At this meet, she finished with a 192.5kg (424 lb) deadlift, and closely missed a 200kg (440 lb) third attempt.

Although, we know Barber has hit that weight (200kg) before in competition and were curious what her next goal was, “My current meet PR is 440, so anything over that!”

In addition to competing next, this was Barber’s third huge deadlift in the span of two weeks, so we wanted to know how often she’s currently deadlifting weekly, along with how she recovers after heavy sessions. Barber told us, “Currently, 2-3x/week. I do a lot of stretching and foam rolling. I also like to take Epsom salt baths.”

“In addition, I try to stay really tight when I dead. I find the tighter I am during a pull, the less sore I am afterwards, and then my exaggerated setup (the arms going out) is my tightening my lats.” 

Whether it’s in the fall at nationals or this summer, we’re pumped to see Barber push the limits of her deadlift strength!

Feature image from @thats.so.swolissa 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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