Some people are so resilient it's inspiring. 47-year-old Jen Thompson broke her pelvis while squatting 350 18 months ago, recovered, and came back to do it again...SUCCESSFULLY this time! I guess that's what champions really are made of!
2x champ Jen Millican is at it again with a massive 374 x 3 squat! Her best raw squat in a meet so far is 408, but I think she'll likely be blowing that number out of the water sooner rather than later!
There have been some truly crazy deadlifts lately, but this one might be one of the top ones in my book. This 66 kg junior lifter pulled 700 in training and it really didn't look like it was maximum effort either! Can't wait to see how heavy he can really go!
83 kg Angelo Fortino may truly turn out to be one of the most formidable forces in his weight class. He actually pulled 751 last week too, but this time it looked WAY easier! We may not see this man's true upper limit for quite a long time!
83 kg Nick Manders just pulled 760 and made it look like he could warm up with it! The heaviest he pulled in a meet was 729 last year, so I can't wait to see him blow that out of the water the next time he competes!
105 kg Phillip Wilkins fought through a tough rep with 530 on the bench. Crazy weight and extremely respectable. Phil himself says in his post that he is ready for Nationals, and we couldn't agree more!
23-year-old 93 kg lifter Gavin Adin is putting up some really big numbers with a 722 squat and 727 deadlift, both massive improvements over his 2020 PRs of 672 and 694, respectively. This man will definitely be one to watch at US Raw Nats, and we can't wait to see how far he can go!
198 lb John Haack just reminded everyone how beastly his bench is with this super smooth 490 triple! Haack improved his bench from 523 in 2020 to 578 in 2021, so I can't wait to see what he hits the next time he competes!