On the first day of the USPA’s National Powerlifting Championships in Las Vegas, Susan Salazar made history by setting a new World Record total in the International Powerlifting League: 1190.5 pounds, or 540 kilograms.
Salazar is a 60kg (132lb) athlete, an according to the IPL’s world record sheet, she beat the previous world record total — her own — by more than eighty pounds.
Take a look at the lifts below: a 435-pound squat, 264-pound bench, and 490-pound deadlift (plus clips, which she seems to have accidentally entered as “chips”).
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It's the Monday after USPA Nationals and it's just starting to hit me. It just all seems so surreal. I think to myself, "WOW, the first woman to achieve a 602 Wilks score in knees sleeves…that's just incredible!!!" Then I realize wait, that's me, WE DID THAT! ☺️But what's even better than that; was the fact that there were 120 women competing in one day…THAT WAS SO AMAZING! We are taking over, ladies!!!! 💪🏽🏆💁🏽 Thank you to my sponsors @apemanstrong @sbd.usa and @muscle.rehab for all the help and support. Steve and Shelley Denison for bringing me out to California and providing me with so many opportunities. I am very proud to be a part of the USPA. Manny Sanchez and my team at @oc_strength_club for the perfect training environment. My Mom, Dad in El Paso, my sister Janet, Rog, the kids and my lil brother Cesar in San Diego; even though we are not physically together, I always feel like you all are right with me. Karissa and Diane for driving out to Vegas to help me. You chicas made it all so much fun. My girls Noelia and Maria for sharing the platform with me. Mimi for being the best co-handler and for getting me my "Stevie" socks. 🐶 Leo, I wonder how you are able to foresee things. Since day one you believed, even through the times we didn't see eye to eye, you always believed I would achieve so much. Just like my parents told you; that is something we will never forget. You said you would always take care of me and you most certainly have. I am grateful to God that we have crossed paths. Thank you for all you do, not only for me but for the USPA and the sport of powerlifting as a whole. #ontothenext…😉#superleaguelive #anaheimfitexpo
All of these (very smooth) lifts were IPL records, all of which were previously set by Salazar herself in January 2016. (They were a 407.8-pound (185kg) squat, 248-pound (112.5kg) bench, and 452-pound (205kg) deadlift.) You can get a better look at this weekend’s deadlift in the post below.
In an Instagram post, Salazar wrote of the contest:
It’s the Monday after USPA Nationals and it’s just starting to hit me. It just all seems so surreal. I think to myself, “WOW, the first woman to achieve a 602 Wilks score in knees sleeves…that’s just incredible!!!” Then I realize wait, that’s me, WE DID THAT! J But what’s even better than that; was the fact that there were 120 women competing in one day…THAT WAS SO AMAZING! We are taking over, ladies!!!!
Indeed, the Wilks score may be the most notable product of the entire meet. It’s not, as some are claiming, the highest Wilks score ever, or even for a female (Larysa Soloviova made a 688.87 Wilks score as an equipped lifter). In fact, global rankings of Wilks scores by any category are a little hard to come by, but there’s no doubt that Salazar’s is extremely impressive for a raw athlete.
The Wilks coefficient is a formula that’s intended to help compare powerlifting totals across different weight classes — a 500-pound deadlift from a 100-pound female is more impressive than a 500-pound deadlift from a 500-pound male, and the Wilks score is meant to adjust for that.
Susan Salazar lives in California and works in public relations for the USPA, and while this is her highest ever total, she was also seen hitting a 9x bodyweight total in 2015: 1157.4 pounds at 124 pounds bodyweight.
A big congratulations to Salazar on her performance this weekend!
Featured image via @gracievanasse on Instagram.