2023 could possibly be one to recollect for Connor if one in every of her final lifts of 2022 is any indication.

As is commonly the case, there are certain to be ascending powerlifting stars and former unknowns who will rise to prominence in 2023. Though, one identify that may probably soldier on as a mainstay is the prolific Heather Connor. As the power dynamo seems forward to a different ideally productive yr, she capped 2022 in a fashion all too becoming of her distinctive skills.

On Dec. 31, 2022, Connor posted a video to her Instagram the place the athlete efficiently deadlifts 177.5 kilograms (391.3 kilos) uncooked for six reps. According to a black bar caption in Connor’s clip, it’s a six-rep private document (PR).

Ending 2022 off robust. Period.

Connor accomplished the PR pull from a sumo stance whereas using only a lifting belt.

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A staggering PR deadlift is nothing new for Connor. It really follows her more and more rising priority as one of many powerlifting world’s premier lively deadlifters.

Connor is the present International Powerlifting Federation (IPF) 47-kilogram uncooked deadlift World Record holder, with a large pull of 185 kilograms (407.8 kilos) from the 2022 IPF World Classic Powerlifting Championships. After a three-year absence from the tentpole worldwide powerlifting contest, that World Record deadlift helped Connor safe a second-place end to French phenom Tiffany Chapon.

According to Open Powerlifting, Connor additionally possesses the all-time uncooked deadlift World Record deadlift within the 47-kilogram weight class. The athlete set that benchmark when she pulled 192.5 kilograms (424.4 kilos) on the 2021 USA Powerlifting Raw Nationals in a fourth-place efficiency.

Some of Connor’s latest non-competition deadlifts earlier than she went all out on New Year’s Eve 2022 are additionally eye-opening. They would possibly even tease inevitable continued greatness for a powerlifter that pushes the boundary with a loaded barbell in her palms.

After displaying out on the 2022 IPF Worlds, Connor accomplished a deadlift double of 190 kilograms (418.9 kilos) in a mid-September 2022 coaching session — roughly 11 kilos greater than her present IPF World Record. Then, to not be outdone (by herself), in mid-November 2022, Connor deadlifted 202.5 kilograms (446 kilos). That pull was greater than 20 kilos over her document mark. Perhaps most notably, it was her heaviest-ever pull — both in a sanctioned competitors or basically coaching.

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A former two-time IPF World Champion (2017, 2019), it appears as if Connor is gearing up for an additional highly effective run in 2023. For one of many world’s true powerlifting fixtures, it’ll very probably characteristic an assortment of earth-shattering deadlifts within the coming weeks and months.

Featured picture: @heather.e.connor on Instagram