On August 22, 2022, powerlifter Ashley Contorno (75KG) shared an Instagram clip of herself finishing a 237.2-kilogram (523-pound) mat pull throughout a coaching session. In the caption of her put up, Contorno asserted that the feat of power is a brand new private report (PR) for her “worst deadlift variation.”

For a brand new PR, the carry didn’t appear tough for Contorno, who pulled the loaded barbell off two skinny mats with relative ease and erupted with pleasure when her lockout was profitable. The athlete wore a lifting belt and used a combined grip to assist her notch the brand new deadlift PR. 

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According to Open Powerlifting, Contorno’s all-time competitors finest uncooked deadlift is 237.5 kilograms (523.6-pound). She achieved that pull on the 2021 World Raw Powerlifting Federation (WRPF) The Bucked Up Showdown. Contorno’s current Instagram caption asserted confidence in a 540-pound deadlift the subsequent time she’s on a platform.

After profitable the 2022 WRPF Ghost Clash within the 75-kilogram division in February, current months have seen Contorno keep busy together with her general coaching as a substitute of formal competitors. The athlete often shares updates on her progress with related clips of accomplishments within the fitness center. For instance, Contorno captured a brand new uncooked again squat PR of 233.6 kilograms (515 kilos) in mid-August 2022. Just a few days earlier than her again squat PR, Contorno accomplished a 137.4-kilogram (303-pound) squat with an extra 80 kilos of chains hooked up to the barbell. 

The 33-year-old Contorno isn’t new to the aggressive powerlifting scene, having been concerned in some capability since January 2016. To date, she has participated in 15 contests, putting on the rostrum 11 occasions whereas profitable on eight events. 

Here’s an outline of a few of Contorno’s extra notable outcomes:

Ashley Contorno | Notable Career Results

  • 2016 United States Powerlifting Association (USPA) Arizona State Powerlifting Championships (Raw) — First place | First profession victory
  • 2017 USPA Drug Tested California State Powerlifting Championships (Raw) — Second place
  • 2019 Southern Powerlifting Federation (SPF) Super Training Classic — First place (Unlimited); Second place (Raw)
  • 2019 USPA San Diego Fit Expo (Raw) — First place 
  • 2020 USPA Rise of the Valkyrie (Raw) — First place
  • 2021 WRPF The Bucked Up Showdown (Raw) — Second place
  • 2022 WRPF The Ghost Clash (Raw) — First place

Note: Contorno has competed uncooked in all however three cases all through her profession. 

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Contorno’s Plans

At the time of this text’s publication, Contorno has not introduced when she’ll seem on a sanctioned lifting platform once more. Even if the athlete isn’t competing in the meanwhile, she appears to be staying busy together with her small enterprise, the South Bay Strength Company — a powerlifting fitness center she co-owns together with her husband Steven in Harbor City, CA. The 2022 WRPF South Bay Strength Company Boo Bash can be held at their fitness center on October 29, 2022.

In addition, per her LinkedIn profile, Contorno is an authorized medical skilled specializing in bodily remedy. With that kind of well being and power background, it’d solely be a matter of time earlier than Contorno begins making a few of her current coaching PRs official. 

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