Nice Cardio: Stefi Cohen Pulls 3.3X Bodyweight for 12 Reps

If you finally broke a world deadlift record after months of dedicated training, you might think about taking a deload week. Just chill a little, get some walking in, eat a couple of those cheat meals you’ve been fantasizing about.

Well, you’re not Stefi Cohen.

At the WRPF Boss of Bosses IV powerlifting meet on August 26th, she broke the world deadlift record when she pulled 220 kilograms (485 pounds) at 55 kilograms (121 pounds) bodyweight. That’s just a little over quadruple bodyweight, and she told BarBend that she believes she’s the only female to have ever accomplished this feat.

[Check out our in-depth interview with Stefi Cohen about what it took to break a world record!]

One week later, she decided to take 183.7 kilograms (405 pounds, or 3.34 times her bodyweight) for a spin. For twelve reps.

This was a personal record for the athlete.

Cohen, along with elite CrossFit athlete Noah Ohlsen, flew down to the Dominican Republic this weekend to participate in the WCC Fitness Festival, which stands for Wod Con Corazón (“WOD With Heart”).

Sponsored by Reebok and Vitasalud, it’s the country’s first large scale functional fitness event, and it’s for a great cause: 100 percent of the proceeds go toward Corazón a Corazón, a non-profit that helps underprivileged children receive quality education. To date, it has helped over a thousand children move from the streets into schools and helped over a thousand children and adults improve their literacy.

The event itself lasted two days and featured six scaled WODs, four RX & Masters WODs, a swimming workout, plus lectures from various experts in different fields of health and fitness.

The day after the event ended, Cohen “wasn’t planning on working out today but got talked into doing some skwaats with the PL squad” when she casually broke her 5-rep beltless squat record with 140 kilograms (308 pounds). There’s no stopping some people.

Featured image via @wodconcorazon on Instagram

Nick English

Nick English

Nick is a content producer and journalist with over seven years’ experience reporting on four continents. His first articles about health were on a cholera outbreak in rural Kenya while he was reporting for a French humanitarian organization. His next writing job was covering the nightlife scene in Shanghai. He’s written on a lot of things.

After Shanghai, he went on to produce a radio documentary about bodybuilding in Australia before finishing his Master’s degrees in Journalism and International Relations and heading to New York City. Here, he’s been writing on health full time for more than five years for outlets like BarBend, Men's Health, VICE, and Popular Science.

No fan of writing in the third person, Nick’s passion for health stems from an interest in self improvement: How do we reach our potential?

Questions like these took him through a lot of different areas of health and fitness like gymnastics, vegetarianism, kettlebell training, fasting, CrossFit, Paleo, and so on, until he realized (or decided) that strength training fit best with the ideas of continuous, measurable self improvement.

At BarBend his writing focuses a little more on nutrition and long-form content with a heaping dose of strength training. His underlying belief is in the middle path: you don’t have to count every calorie and complete every workout in order to benefit from a healthy lifestyle and a stronger body. Plus, big traps are cool.

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