Team USA weightlifter Sarah Robles is gearing up to smash some PRs at the World Weightlifting Championships later this month.

One of the strongest active American weightlifters, she just posted a clip of her front squatting big weight: 205 kilograms, or 451.9 pounds. Check out the speed!

She wrote on her Instagram,

I’m feeling at the very least, very physically strong this training cycle. Here’s 205kgs/451lbs World Champs are just a few weeks away!

That’s crazy heavy, but the heaviest she’s ever front squatted was 208 kilograms, or 458.5 pounds, a PR that she made just a couple of weeks ago.

[Is your front squat lagging? Here’s how to use chains and bands to shoot your strength up!]

Robles is one of the best weightlifters in the United States — in fact, if you were to judge athletes by their Olympic medal count, she’s the best active weightlifter in the United States. At last year’s Olympics she won America’s first and only weightlifting Olympic medal since 2000, taking home bronze with a 126kg (277.8lb) snatch and 160kg (352.7lb) clean & jerk.

Her accomplishments extend beyond the Rio Olympics — she also won gold at this year’s Pan American Weightlifting Championships with a 120kg snatch and a 155kg clean & jerk. You can watch the clean & jerk below.

[BarBend interviewed Robles right before she headed down to Rio — check it out if you’d like to learn more about her training and nutrition!]

We haven’t seen her max her lifts in a while, but a month ago she did post what she described as a 97 percent clean & jerk: 150 kilograms (330.7 pounds).

She also made a snatch of 110 kilograms (242.5 pounds).

While these aren’t as heavy as her lifts at Rio, her recent front squat PR suggests we can get a little excited to watch her clean & jerk at Worlds.

Featured image via @roblympian on Instagram.


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