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Laura Phelps first American women to achieve a 10x bodyweight total

Powerlifting Watch tells us of a new border being crossed in female powerlifting; 10x bodyweight total:

“Laura Phelps obliterated her own 165 pound weight class record total on Saturday. Phelps totalled 1,650 pounds; a 725 pound squat, 415 pound bench and a 510 pound deadlift to become the first American women to achieve a 10x bodyweight total.”

Laura Phelps herself writes about going for even bigger number later this year:

“In November, I hope to go mid 7’s for squat, mid 4’s for bench, and closer to mid 5’s for deadlift.”

Some 100 lbs more. Wow…

Andy’s Muscle Goddesses has a profile and images from Lauras earlier career as bodybuilder. Click image below for Lauras profile at her sponsors, AtLarge Nutrition, website:

“Laura’s accomplishments in powerlifting literally blow the mind not only for the immensity of the lifts she has posted (725 lbs in the 181 class – one of only 2 women to squat over 700lb’s!) but also due to the fact she is a literal neophyte to powerlifting!”

Laura Phelps 725 lbs squat at the APF Ohio State Championships.


August 3, 2006 - Posted by | Powerlifting


  1. Why are the feet so wide apart.
    when I was competing, 1958, we put the feet shoulder width, went all the way down and touched out butt against our heels.
    No belts or wraps. I did 12 reps with 350 at 189 lbs. I was 18 at the time.
    I did a five hundred lb deadlift.
    don’t remember what my bench was. Never paid much attention to it. Did a 200 lb curl though. 150 lb one arm clean and jerk with ease.

    Comment by froggy57 | August 8, 2006 | Reply

  2. wow what a liar above curling one handed 150 lol sure what a loser anyways yeah im in my teens 15 and im squatting 300 weighing 135 now tell me if thats good!~

    Comment by derek | August 12, 2006 | Reply

  3. Froggy, that’s how you powerlift. Get out of here with your weak numbers old man.

    Comment by pdoyleusa | August 23, 2006 | Reply

  4. Was powerlifting even in existance in 1958. Uhm…no. Seems kind of pathetic. If you have to brag about yourself you weren’t much of anything in your “heyday”. Sounds like the “I walked to school barefoot up hill both ways in 10ft of snow” story. The past always sound better in retrospect. Doesn’t it?

    Comment by Tom Pearch | April 29, 2007 | Reply

  5. >>Why are the feet so wide apart.

    by us in Germany stand many Powerlifter shoulder width with the feet, but some smal powerlifter stand as in the picture. I think that is easier for they. Most They have a broad leg position by deadlifting.

    Comment by Marcel | August 23, 2007 | Reply

  6. Powerlifting is all about leverage.
    The feet wide apart is a legal way to lift more weight.
    Its just a style
    Like a pitcher in baseball some throw side arm.

    Comment by Tom Schrade | November 11, 2008 | Reply

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