One of the world’s greatest deadlifters continues to innovate.
With two International Powerlifting Federation (IPF) world titles (2017, 2019), Heather Connor has a diverse powerlifting resume outside of her usual prolific deadlift. Even still, this superstar has undoubtedly developed her household name reputation largely thanks to the massive amounts of weight she can pull.
On November 17, 2022, Heather Connor shared an Instagram clip of herself capturing a 202.5 kilogram (446 pound) raw deadlift during a coaching session. According to the caption of his post, the earth-shattering attraction is a personal best (PR) for the athlete. It is also her heaviest deadlift of all time (in training or competition), finally surpassing her previous training PR, a 200-kilogram (440-pound) pull from December 2020. The competitor wore a lifting belt to help her with it strength achievement.
By Open powerlifting, although unofficial because it did not occur in a sanctioned lifting contest, Connor’s deadlift surpassed his own all-time gross world record of 192.5 kilograms (424.4 pounds) in the 47 kilogram weight class of 9.8 kilograms (21.6 pounds). Connor achieved that record at the 2021 USAPL Raw Nationals.
Not that it’s particularly surprising given his consistency, but it was generally a year of consistent excellence for Connor on every level.
The 47 kilogram powerlifter has competed in three major competitions – the 2022 Powerlifting America (AMP) Classic Open National Championships presented by SBD the 2022 IPF Classic Powerlifting World Championships, and the Girl Power 2022 of the French Federation of Force (FFForce). She had a win in two of the contests (the AMP Nationals and the FFForce Girl Power) while also finishing second at the IPF World Championships for potential new rival Tiffany Chapon. This same competition saw Connor set the IPF world record in the 47 kilogram division deadlift of 185 kilograms (407.8 pounds).
On a purely practice basis, it’s apparently been just one raw step after one raw step for Connor.
In May 2022, Connor lifted 195 kilograms (429 pounds) – 4.3 times his body weight of 45 kilograms (99 pounds) at the time of accomplishment and two kilograms (4.6 pounds) above his current world record. Then, in August 2022, the athlete showed his leg power on the squat, notch a PR of 152.5 kilograms (336 pounds). This mark eclipsed his official all-time gross competition record of 143 kilograms (315.2 pounds) from the 2021 USAPL Gross National Championships. Finally, in September 2022, Connor achieved a Deadlift of 190 kilograms (418.9 pounds) for a double PR; a mark also five kilograms (11 pounds) more than his IPF world record.
As of this writing, Connor doesn’t appear to have any plans for a powerlifting competition until the end of calendar year 2022. Connor has likely earned the right to bask ahead of his next potential wave of strength glory.
Featured Image: heather.e.connor on Instagram