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Find out who holds the world record in the bench press, deadlift, and squat, plus other fun powerlifting facts 

For as long as there have been heavy objects, people have trained their whole lives to lift the seemingly unliftable—and many have gathered to watch those strong men and women attempt these incredible feats of strength, from Excalibur to the World Deadlift Championship. 

Back in the old days, people told long tales of these muscular mavens. Today, we have powerlifting records to let you know who holds the record for the heaviest bench press, deadlift, squat, and overall total. 

So without further ado, allow us to introduce you to some of the strongest men and women on the planet. 

What Counts as an “Official” Powerlifting Record?  

For the sake of this article, we’ll be looking at the powerlifting records recognized by the International Powerlifting Federation (IPF), the international governing body that oversees the sport of powerlifting. 

In addition to there being other powerlifting federations, powerlifting records are often set outside of IPF events (such as at Strongman competitions), so there may be some cases where there are heavier lifts than the ones listed here.

In those cases, we’ll let you know who holds the current world record for each lift. 

Classic Powerlifting vs Equipped Powerlifting

The IPF has two classes of lifters: classic powerlifters and equipped powerlifters. We’ll explain the difference here. 

Classic powerlifters: Classic powerlifters step up to the weightlifting platform wearing their weightlifting shoes, their singlet, and a weightlifting belt (if desired). In the powerlifting world, this is known as lifting “raw” because you’re not using supportive gear like benching suits. 

Equipped powerlifters: By contrast, equipped powerlifters can wear as much supportive gear as possible. Things like bench and squat suits, knee wraps, and weightlifting belts often allow lifters to accomplish a much heavier lift because some of the strain is taken off their muscles. This is why you’ll see much higher numbers in the equipped category than in the classic. 

A Note About Weight Classes 

Like wrestling, powerlifting separates its competitors into different weight classes to prevent a 125-pound lifter from going up against someone weighing 300 pounds. Each competitor must weigh in before the competition to ensure they have not gone under or over their weight class.

The weight classes for men are: -59 kg, -66 kg, -74 kg, -83 kg, -93 kg, -105 kg, -120 kg, and 120+ kg

The weight classes for women are: -47 kg, -52 kg, -57 kg, -63 kg, -69 kg, -76 kg, -84 kg, and 84+ kg

Who Holds the Classic Powerlifting Record for Men? 

Let’s take a look at the classic powerlifting records for men. We’ll show you the winners for each weight class, their team, how much they lifted (in kilograms), their bodyweight (also in kilograms), and when and where they accomplished it.  

Classic Bench Press Record for Men 

Weight ClassNameTeamYear of BirthWeightResultDateLocation
-59kgFedosienko, SergeiRussia198258.481712016-06-24Killeen / USA
-66kgBerglund, EddieSweden199565.75213.52018-11-29Kaunas / Lithuania
-74kgKodama, DaikiJapan197972.4211.52017-04-29Sydney / Australia
-83kgHubbard, OwenGreat Britain199282.3218.52019-12-06Kaunas / Lithuania
-93kgCayco, JonathanUSA199292.55238.52022-06-09Sun City / South Africa
-105kgCaky, ReneSwitzerland2000103.15233.52021-12-08Vesteros / Sweden
-120kgCornelius, DennisUSA1980118.982532016-06-26Killeen / USA
120+kgBoughalem, IlyasAlgeria1987161.6291.52022-06-11Sun City / South Africa

Classic Deadlift Record for Men 

Although not on this list, American Danny Grigsby holds the world record for the heaviest non-equipped deadlift at 1,074 pounds.

Weight ClassNameTeamYear of BirthWeightResultDateLocation
-59kgNg, DerekCanada1997592752019-06-08Helsingborg / Sweden
-66kgEl Belghiti, HassanFrance197565.62982019-09-21Barcelona / Spain
-74kgBakkelund, Kjell EgilNorway198873.633222017-06-23Minsk / Belarus
-83kgEnahoro, AseinHungary199982.25362.52022-06-08Sun City / South Africa
-93kgMitchell, ChanceUSA199492.1373.52022-06-09Sun City / South Africa
-105kgWierzbicki, KrzysztofPoland199099.6390.52019-01-27Reykjavik / Iceland
-120kgKrawczyk, BryceCanada1987117.32385.52021-10-02Halmstad / Sweden
120+kgWilliams, RayUSA1986189.2398.52018-06-17Calgary / Canada

Classic Squat Record for Men 

Although American Ray Williams is the winner on this list, he actually has a heavier squat to his name. Williams performed a raw 1,080-pound squat at the 2019 Arnold Classic. 

Weight ClassNameTeamYear of BirthWeightResultDateLocation
-59kgKevin GrayAustralia198457.052402017-04-29Sydney / Australia
-66kgJonathan Garcia USA198865.752712022-06-07Sun City / South Africa
-74kgTaylor Atwood USA198873.752832019-06-13Helsingborg / Sweden
-83kgRussel Orhii US Virgin Islands199482.62320.52021-09-30Halmstad / Sweden
-93kgAnatolii Novopismennyi Ukraine199692.953312019-12-07Kaunas / Lithuania
-105kgAnatolii Novopismennyi Ukraine1996102.823602021-10-02Halmstad / Sweden
-120kgDennis Cornelius USA1980119.53862017-06-25Minsk / Belarus
120+kgRay Williams USA1986182.26477.52017-03-04Columbus / U.S.A.

Classic Total Record for Men 

Weight ClassNameTeamYear of BirthWeightResultDateLocation
-59kgFedosienko, SergeiRussia198258.48669.52016-06-24Killeen / USA
-66kgBerglund, EddieSweden1995667102022-06-07Sun City / South Africa
-74kgAtwood, TaylorUSA198873.75790.52019-06-13Helsingborg / Sweden
-83kgOrhii, RusselUS Virgin Islands199482.628412021-09-30Halmstad / Sweden
-93kgMitchell, ChanceUSA199492.1878.52022-06-09Sun City / South Africa
-105kgNovopismennyi, AnatoliiUkraine1996102.82937.52021-10-02Halmstad / Sweden
-120kgCornelius, DennisUSA1980118.98978.52016-06-26Killeen / USA
120+kgWilliams, RayUSA1986182.2611052017-03-04Columbus / USA

Classic Bench Press Record for Men (Single Lift)

Iranian powerlifter Danial Zamani technically holds the world record for the heaviest raw bench press at 804.7 pounds. He’s the first human to bench more than 800 pounds without a benching suit, though it was done in training and not at a competition (a video of his lift was posted to social media).  

The heaviest raw bench press done in competition was accomplished by American Julius Maddox, who benched 782 pounds at February 2021 powerlifting meet. Maddox has benched heavier weights in training, with his heaviest being 796 pounds. 

Weight ClassNameTeamYear of BirthWeightResultDateLocation
-59kgKaraman, AbdulkarimKazakhstan199458.92175.52019-05-20Tokyo / Japan
-66kgBerglund, EddieSweden199565.962212019-05-20Tokyo / Japan
-74kgKodama, DaikiJapan197973.782252019-05-20Tokyo / Japan
-83kgSahari, MehdiFrance1996812202022-08-04Budapest / Hungary
-93kgCayco, JonathanUSA199292.55238.52022-06-09Sun City / South Africa
-105kgEnkhbayar, SodnompiljeeMongolia1985104.252482019-09-12Ulaanbaatar / Mongolia
-120kgEnkhbayar, SodnompiljeeMongolia1985105.72602022-05-29Almaty / Kazakhstan
120+kgDavis, ThomasUSA1992200.43002019-05-21Tokyo / Japan

Who Holds the Equipped Powerlifting Record for Men? 

Now let’s see what the powerlifting rankings are for equipped powerlifters. 

Equipped Bench Press Record for Men

Weight ClassNameTeamYear of BirthWeightResultDateLocation
-59kgFedosienko, SergeiRussia198258.55205.52018-11-05Halmstad / Sweden
-66kgSatake, YusukeJapan199665.42222021-11-09Stavanger / Norway
-74kgOtani, NorihiroJapan198073.292502019-11-19Dubai / United Arab Emirates
-83kgMusiienko, KostiantynUkraine199782.55292.52018-09-05Potchefstroom / South Africa
-93kgMusiienko, KostiantynUkraine199792.76351.52022-11-16Viborg / Denmark
-105kgDashzegve, TumenjargalMongolia1987103.553252021-11-12Stavanger / Norway
-120kgJaeger, KevinGermany19951203562016-09-03Szczyrk / Poland
120+kgSumner, BlaineUSA1987175.7425.52019-11-23Dubai / United Arab Emirates

Equipped Deadlift Record for Men 

This one is controversial for a few reasons. Technically, the world record for heaviest equipped deadlift belongs to Game of Thrones star Hafþór “The Mountain” Júlíus Björnsson, who in May 2020 performed a 1,104.5-pound deadlift at his home gym in Iceland. 

Björnsson planned to perform the lift during a competition before the COVID-19 pandemic caused all live events to be canceled. As a result, some question the legitimacy of his record because it was not done at a live event. Björnsson beat the previous record of 1,102 pounds performed by Eddie Hall in 2016 (Jamal Browner has also accomplished a 1,102-pound lift). 

To add further controversy, Polish strongman Krzysztof Wierzbicki posted an Instagram video in April 2023 where he seemingly deadlifts 1,107.8 pounds but used a sumo stance, which is wider than the conventional deadlift setup. Some in the powerlifting world discredit heavy lifts done with a sumo stance as it’s typically much easier to lift the weight than the narrower conventional style.  

In any event, Wierzbicki did not have a powerlifting referee present for his lift to certify it, which Björnsson did, which is why he’s not the record holder. 

Weight ClassNameTeamYear of BirthWeightResultDateLocation
-66kgEl Belghiti, HassanFrance197565.27318.52022-11-15Viborg / Denmark
-74kgMaher, AlexisUS Virgin Islands199573.453292021-11-09Stavanger / Norway
-83kgMaher, AlexisUS Virgin Islands199577.453552022-07-09Birmingham / USA
-93kgJohnson, GregoryUS Virgin Islands199092.06371.52022-11-16Viborg / Denmark
-105kgKrawczyk, BryceCanada1987104.753882017-11-16Pilsen / Czechia
-120kgWierzbicki, KrzysztofPoland1990105.074202017-07-26Wroclaw / Poland
120+kgJohannsson, JulianIceland1993167.5405.52019-11-23Dubai / United Arab Emirates

Equipped Squat Record for Men 

Although not on this list, American Nathan Baptist in February 2021 performed a 1,311-pound squat for an all-time equipped squat record. 

Weight ClassNameTeamYear of BirthWeightResultDateLocation
-59kgFedosienko, SergeiRussia198258.063002014-11-03Aurora / USA
-66kgDanilov, KonstantinRussia198665.243262013-11-04Stavanger / Norway
-74kgOlech, JaroslawPoland197473.43702018-11-06Halmstad / Sweden
-83kgBarannik, MykolaUkraine198982.66375.52022-11-16Viborg / Denmark
-93kgLentz, NickiDenmark199292.54052022-11-16Viborg / Denmark
-105kgSemenenko, DmytroUkraine1988104.98445.52017-11-16Pilsen / Czechia
-120kgYang, SenChinese Taipei1994117.98440.52022-11-18Viborg / Denmark
120+kgSumner, BlaineUSA1987170.685052017-03-04Columbus / USA

Equipped Total Record for Men 

Weight ClassNameTeamYear of BirthWeightResultDateLocation
-59kgFedosienko, SergeiRussia198258.47652019-11-18Dubai / United Arab Emirates
-66kgGladkikh, SergeyRussia198965.938202019-11-18Dubai / United Arab Emirates
-74kgOlech, JaroslawPoland197473.059082017-11-14Pilsen / Czechia
-83kgRysiyev, VolodymyrUkraine198282.69452017-07-25Wroclaw / Poland
-93kgMusiienko, KostiantynUkraine199792.7610642022-11-16Viborg / Denmark
-105kgBilyi, SergiiUkraine1990103.71092.52019-05-03Pilsen / Czechia
-120kgBychkov, OleksiyUkraine1985118.971132.52019-11-22Dubai / United Arab Emirates
120+kgSumner, BlaineUSA1987175.71275.52019-11-23Dubai / United Arab Emirates

Equipped Bench Press Record for Men (Single Lift)

American Jimmy Kolb currently holds the record for the heaviest equipped bench press at an astounding 1,320 pounds, though it was not done at an IPF-sanctioned powerlifting meet.

Weight ClassNameTeamYear of BirthWeightResultDateLocation
-59kgNoda, ToshihikoJapan197958.682202019-05-22Tokyo / Japan
-66kgFukuda, MasashiJapan198465.752502018-04-27Potchefstroom / South Africa
-74kgKodama, DaikiJapan197973.083002015-05-21Sundsvall / Sweden
-83kgShokhanov, AskarKazakhstan198381.95315.52019-05-24Tokyo / Japan
-93kgMusiienko, KostiantynUkraine199792.76351.52022-11-16Viborg / Denmark
-105kgGrishaev, VladimirRussia1981103.563462019-05-25Tokyo / Japan
-120kgLeskovets, ViktorUkraine1990111.65375.52021-10-24Vilnius / Lithuania
120+kgSumner, BlaineUSA1987175.7425.52019-11-23Dubai / United Arab Emirates

Who Holds the Classic Powerlifting Record for Women? 

This one’s for the girls who’ve ever lifted something heavy. We’ll take a look at the classic powerlifting record for women first. 

Classic Bench Press Record for Women 

Weight ClassNameTeamYear of BirthWeightResultDateLocation
-47kgChapon, TiffanyFrance200146.9962022-06-06Sun City / South Africa
-52kgRamberg, SelmaNorway200151.45113.52021-12-05Vesteros / Sweden
-57kgBerglund, DonnaSweden199756.751232022-06-07Sun City / South Africa
-63kgGarra, CarolaItaly199462.65143.52022-09-24Birmingham / Great Britain
-69kgThompson, JenniferUSA197363.151442017-01-29Reykjavik / Iceland
-76kgMautalen, LauraFrance200074.9145.52022-09-02Istanbul / Turkiye
-84kgSitko, AgataPoland200277.85147.52022-09-04Istanbul / Turkiye
84+kgReeves, MahailyaUSA2003141164.52022-09-04Istanbul / Turkiye

Classic Deadlift Record for Women 

American powerlifter Tamara Walcott currently holds the raw deadlift record at 641pounds. 

Weight ClassNameTeamYear of BirthWeightResultDateLocation
-47kgConnor, HeatherUSA199146.61852022-06-06Sun City / South Africa
-52kgFarhanna, FaridSingapore199251.35200.52022-06-06Sun City / South Africa
-57kgNnamani, JoyGreat Britain1992572302022-09-24Birmingham / Great Britain
-63kgBavoil, PrescilliaFrance199362.62312022-09-24Birmingham / Great Britain
-69kgWalford, KimberlyUSA1978672402014-10-18Sydney / Australia
-76kgBuettner, JessicaCanada199575.25261.52022-06-09Sun City / South Africa
-84kgLawrence, AmandaUS Virgin Islands199783.26260.52021-10-02Halmstad / Sweden
84+kgBrenner, SarahUSA1990132.9257.52019-08-08San Jose / Costa Rica

Classic Squat Record for Women

Legendary woman powerlifter April Mathis currently holds the raw squat record for women at 705 pounds. 

Weight ClassNameTeamYear of BirthWeightResultDateLocation
-47kgChapon, TiffanyFrance200146.9962022-06-06Sun City / South Africa
-52kgRamberg, SelmaNorway200151.45113.52021-12-05Vesteros / Sweden
-57kgBerglund, DonnaSweden199756.751232022-06-07Sun City / South Africa
-63kgGarra, CarolaItaly199462.65143.52022-09-24Birmingham / Great Britain
-69kgThompson, JenniferUSA197363.151442017-01-29Reykjavik / Iceland
-76kgMautalen, LauraFrance200074.9145.52022-09-02Istanbul / Turkiye
-84kgSitko, AgataPoland200277.85147.52022-09-04Istanbul / Turkiye
84+kgReeves, MahailyaUSA2003141164.52022-09-04Istanbul / Turkiye

Classic Total Record for Women 

Weight ClassNameTeamYear of BirthWeightResultDateLocation
-47kgChapon, TiffanyFrance200146.9426.52022-06-06Sun City / South Africa
-52kgAllabert, NoemieFrance199051.64382022-06-06Sun City / South Africa
-57kgNnamani, JoyGreat Britain1992574952022-09-24Birmingham / Great Britain
-63kgBavoil, PrescilliaFrance199362.6556.52022-09-24Birmingham / Great Britain
-69kgBavoil, PrescilliaFrance199365.155482021-12-10Vesteros / Sweden
-76kgSitko, AgataPoland200275.655852022-06-09Sun City / South Africa
-84kgLawrence, AmandaUS Virgin Islands199783.26636.52021-10-02Halmstad / Sweden
84+kgBrown, BonicaUSA1988132.7671.52018-06-16Calgary / Canada

Classic Bench Press Record for Women (Single Lift)

April Mathis also holds the women’s raw bench press record with a 457-pound lift.

Weight ClassNameTeamYear of BirthWeightResultDateLocation
-47kgKobayashi, NaokoJapan197046.321032019-05-20Tokyo / Japan
-52kgRamberg, SelmaNorway200151.321142022-05-28Almaty / Kazakhstan
-57kgRykun, AnnaUkraine199856.9123.52022-08-04Budapest / Hungary
-63kgThompson, JenniferUSA197362.651442018-05-18Vantaa / Finland
-69kgThompson, JenniferUSA197363.151442017-01-29Reykjavik / Iceland
-76kgMautalen, LauraFrance200074.9145.52022-09-02Istanbul / Turkiye
-84kgProtchenko, LiudmilaRussia198684155.52021-11-23Ekaterinburg / Russia
84+kgReeves, MahailyaUSA2003141164.52022-09-04Istanbul / Turkiye

Who Holds the Equipped Powerlifting Record for Women? 

Here are the powerlifting records for women who compete in the equipped category.

Equipped Bench Press Record for Women 

Weight ClassNameTeamYear of BirthWeightResultDateLocation
-47kgWidari, WidariIndonesia199146.551412018-11-05Halmstad / Sweden
-52kgSitdikova, AigulROC198951.6165.52021-11-08Stavanger / Norway
-57kgBueno, EricaBrazil198056.451562021-11-09Stavanger / Norway
-63kgSoloviova, LarysaUkraine197862.5181.52019-11-20Dubai / United Arab Emirates
-69kgKrueger, Sonja StefanieGermany199968.5182.52021-11-10Stavanger / Norway
-76kgSitko, AgataPoland2002761952022-07-09Birmingham / USA
-84kgStinn, RhaeaCanada198883.552282022-11-19Viborg / Denmark
84+kgHugdal, HildeborgNorway1983121.682302022-11-19Viborg / Denmark

Equipped Deadlift Record for Women 

American Becca Swanson holds the powerlifting world record for heaviest equipped deadlift performed by a woman at 694 pounds.

Weight ClassNameTeamYear of BirthWeightResultDateLocation
-47kgChen, Wei-LingChinese Taipei198245.61862014-11-04Aurora / USA
-52kgNajera, JuanitaUSA198151.461952019-08-08San Jose / Costa Rica
-57kgHung, Hsiu-ChingChinese Taipei199556.5210.52019-11-19Dubai / United Arab Emirates
-63kgSoloviova, LarysaUkraine197862.672452011-11-09Pilsen / Czechia
-69kgTavares, CiceraBrazil197667.7242.52022-07-09Birmingham / USA
-76kgSitko, AgataPoland2002762612022-07-09Birmingham / USA
-84kgSitko, AgataPoland200277.9251.52022-05-04Pilsen / Czechia
84+kgGemaletdinova, OlgaRussia1986120.95270.52013-11-08Stavanger / Norway

Equipped Squat Record for Women

Becca Swanson also holds the equipped squat record for women with an 854-pound lift. 

Weight ClassNameTeamYear of BirthWeightResultDateLocation
-47kgChen, Wei-LingChinese Taipei198246.752102016-11-15Orlando / USA
-52kgOchoa Vargas, VilmaEcuador198051.882202019-11-18Dubai / United Arab Emirates
-57kgHartati, SriIndonesia198456.152252018-11-06Halmstad / Sweden
-63kgGarra, CarolaItaly199462.72602022-07-08Birmingham / USA
-69kgKrueger, Sonja StefanieGermany199968.952602022-08-28Istanbul / Turkiye
-76kgKrueger, Sonja StefanieGermany199974.25280.52022-11-18Viborg / Denmark
-84kgRusanenko, DariaUkraine200180.02275.52022-11-19Viborg / Denmark
84+kgBrown, BonicaUSA1988135.55322.52022-07-10Birmingham / USA

Equipped Total Record for Women 

Weight ClassNameTeamYear of BirthWeightResultDateLocation
-47kgChen, Wei-LingChinese Taipei198246.755002016-11-15Orlando / USA
-52kgSalnikova, NataliaRussia198651.365302014-11-04Aurora / USA
-57kgHartati, SriIndonesia198456.155652018-11-06Halmstad / Sweden
-63kgGarra, CarolaItaly199462.7657.52022-07-08Birmingham / USA
-69kgMcCarthy, KelseyUS Virgin Islands199267.94637.52022-11-17Viborg / Denmark
-76kgSitko, AgataPoland2002767262022-07-09Birmingham / USA
-84kgSitko, AgataPoland200277.9704.52022-05-04Pilsen / Czechia
84+kgBrown, BonicaUSA1988132.517912019-11-23Dubai / United Arab Emirates

Equipped Bench Press Record for Women (Single Lift)

American Rae-Ann Coughenour-Miller set the all-time world record for an equipped bench press record by a women at 630 pounds 

Weight ClassNameTeamYear of BirthWeightResultDateLocation
-47kgWidari, WidariIndonesia199146.551412018-11-05Halmstad / Sweden
-52kgSitdikova, AigulROC198951.6165.52021-11-08Stavanger / Norway
-57kgKotkova, LarisaRussia197456.4165.52018-04-27Potchefstroom / South Africa
-63kgBirzhevaia, AnnaRussia199262.321852019-05-24Tokyo / Japan
-69kgKrueger Sonja, StefanieGermany199968.5182.52021-11-10Stavanger / Norway
-76kgSitko, AgataPoland2002761952022-07-09Birmingham / USA
-84kgStinn, RhaeaCanada198883.552282022-11-19Viborg / Denmark
84+kgLonn, SandraSweden1974109.722352015-05-22Sundsvall / Sweden

How Many People Compete in Powerlifting Competitions? 

It’s difficult to track down exactly how many people compete in powerlifting for a number of reasons, one of which is that it no longer includes American competitors. 

In November 2021, USA Powerlifting was removed1 from the IPF after a longstanding disagreement between the two entities over drug-testing policies. Following the decision, the USAPL decided to open its competition to international athletes as well, forcing some powerlifters to choose between IPF events and USAPL meets. 

There are some American athletes who still compete in IPF events, though they represent a different country while competing—Russel Orhii, for example, lives in Texas but lifts on behalf of the U.S. Virgin Islands during IPF competitions.

The IPF consists of more than 100 countries2, each with its own governing body. 

What Powerlifting Gear is Allowed in Competition? 

The gear or equipment that powerlifters are allowed to use are clearly defined in the IPF’s technical rules book,3 but here’s a quick rundown for the classic and equipped categories.  

Classic 

A lifter may wear a non-supportive lifting suit from the IPF’s “Approved List of Apparel and Equipment for Use at IPF Competitions,” and a t-shirt must be worn underneath. Standard commercial briefs or boxers may be worn, but competitors are not allowed to wear “supportive” undergarments (yes, those exist). 

Lifters may wear a weightlifting belt, if desired. 

Knee sleeves, if worn, must  be made of neoprene and can be no thicker than 7 millimeters. 

All classic or raw powerlifting competitors have their equipment inspected by IPF judges beforehand to ensure it meets all standards. 

Equipped

Equipped powerlifters may wear suits of any kind, in addition to using IPF-approved weightlifting belts and knee sleeves. 

Weightlifting suits, such as deadlift suits or squat suits, are designed to go over a lifter’s clothes and support vital muscles during a lift, making it easier to perform a heavy lift. Although they can help lifters push or pull a significant amount of weight, it should be noted that they’re not meant to replace proper training and/or form. 

Is There Drug Testing in Powerlifting? 

The IPF randomly drug tests its athletes and has all urine and blood samples analyzed at a World Anti-Doping Agency-accredited laboratory. The IPF states4 drug tests may happen in or out of competitions, and that competitors must comply with officials’ instructions if they are chosen for screening. 

There are some powerlifting federations that allow competitors to take performance-enhancing drugs.  

Who Holds the Powerlifting Record for Oldest Powerlifter?

The oldest IPF competitor was 93-year-old Svend Stensgaard, of Denmark, who in 2016 benched 80 kilograms5 (or 176.4 pounds).  

Edith Murway-Traina, however, holds the world record6 for oldest competitive powerlifter ever at 101—and she didn’t start until she was 91! 

References 

  1. USA Powerlifting Goes International after the removal from the International Powerlifting Federation. USA Powerlifting. 
  2. Regions. International Powerlifting Federation. 
  3. Technical Rules Book, 2022. International Powerlifting Federation. 
  4. Anti-Doping Q&A. International Powerlifting Federation. 
  5. International Powerlifting Federation, April 20, 2016, Oldest Powerlifter in IPF history, 93yo benches 80 kgs, [Video, YouTube].
  6. Elizabeth Montoya, 99-year-old competitive athlete become the world’s oldest powerlifter, August 2021.

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The Best Kettlebells for Your Home Workout

When it comes to blending strength and conditioning, the kettlebell might be the most versatile piece of equipment there is. Read on to find the different kettlebells I like and why. Read more