Female powerlifter sets record

March 12th, 2009  |  Published in Stumpblog  |  6 Comments

Jennifer Thompson, a 130-lb powerlifter, set a new record with her 286 lb bench press at a recent IPF Titan Bench Bash. The record is notable for three reasons: first, it was done “raw”, i.e. with no assistance from equipment such as a bench shirt.

Second, it’s the highest coefficient lift — a lift that’s relative to one’s bodyweight. In this case, Thompson’s coefficient was 2.2, meaning that her bench press was over twice her bodyweight. A 286 bench press is impressive from any woman, but there’s a big difference between 286 from a 220 pound lifter and 286 from a 130 pound lifter.

Third, Thompson doesn’t use a bench arch, a technique where the lifter arches her back off the bench to reduce the distance between bar and chest — often dramatically. It’s a basic, full depth, flat bench press.

Please check out the video and join me in a “holy shit!” high five to Thompson! One of the most striking things in that video is how small she looks relative to the giant dudes spotting her. More proof that lifting heavy does not turn you into a she-beast.

Thanks to Big Dutch Farmboy Ron for the link.


  1. Sasha says:

    March 13th, 2009at 1:27 pm(#)

    Actually after watching it three times, holy shit is the only thing I CAN say.

  2. OMGBFFA says:

    March 14th, 2009at 10:42 am(#)

    My god. That was amazing.

  3. Mistress Krista says:

    March 14th, 2009at 11:52 am(#)

    She looks like she didn’t even break a sweat.

    -pick up dry cleaning
    -mail letter
    -set bench press record
    -call mom

  4. Jen says:

    March 16th, 2009at 10:19 am(#)


    I managed to drop 50% bodyweight benching the other day! Must train harder!

  5. Chris says:

    March 18th, 2009at 10:13 am(#)

    That was the most impressive bench press I’ve ever seen. Period.

  6. anonymous says:

    March 19th, 2009at 12:14 am(#)

    So I just read about Winifred Pristell, a senior who is setting world records for weight lifting– thought this would be right up the stumptuous alley!


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