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On April 26, 2022, powerlifter Jessica Buettner made waves again when she deadlifted 245.4 kilograms (541 pounds) for two reps during training — a new double PR. For the pull, Buettner used a mixed grip, worked from a conventional stance, and wore a lifting belt.
Check out Buettner’s set below, via her Instagram profile:
This display of power and volume is nothing unusual for Buettner in progressions lately. She recently deadlifted a staggering 230 kilograms (507 pounds) for six reps during a training session in April 2022.
That said, Buettner’s new deadlift double PR is noteworthy for two reasons. First, it’s only 6.1 kilograms (13.4 pounds) off her all-time competition best — a 250-kilogram pull (551.1-pound) from the 2020 Canadian Power Union (CPU) Nationals. Second, Buettner has Type 1 diabetes. She maintained that this obstacle added a challenging dimension to her recent training session.
“I am happy I was able to move this because my blood sugars weren’t too good,” Buettner wrote in the caption of her Instagram post.
It’s a testament to Buettner’s strength and perseverance that she managed to push through with a PR lift anyway.
Around The Corner
Buettner’s schedule is about to get quite busy.
In the near term, the powerlifter will compete at the 2022 CPU Nationals, which will take place from May 9-14, 2022, in St. Johns, Canada. Following that event, after a relatively short reprieve, she will take the stage at the 2022 International Powerlifting Federation (IPF) World Classic Powerlifting Championships, which occur on June 6-12, 2022, in Sun City, South Africa. The athlete will compete in her usual 76-kilogram weight class in both events.
Buettner should enter these competitions as an anticipated contender. As the reigning IPF World Classic Powerlifting Champion in the 76-kilogram weight class, she’s assuredly seeking a repeat. As for the CPU Nationals, it’s been two years since she last competed at the respective event.
Nevertheless, it would undoubtedly be a mistake for anyone to overlook the prolific powerlifter and what she brings to the table as an athlete.
To date, in 17 sanctioned competitions during her career, Buettner has 15 wins and two second-place finishes, according to Open Powerlifting. She’s also on a hot streak. The powerlifter has won three straight competitions, last coming in second during the 2019 IPF World Classic Powerlifting Championships.
Buettner’s continued diligence with her training is undoubtedly a significant factor in her ongoing success. When she steps onto the lifting platform in the coming weeks, she might be in a favorable position to notch wins and vaunted records at the same time.
Featured image: @djessicabuettner on Instagram