On Sept. 14, 2022, powerlifter Kheycie Romero shared an Instagram video wherein she squats a personal record of 234 kilograms (516 pounds) for two reps in training. The 90-kilogram powerlifter wore a lifting belt, knee sleeves, and wrist wraps to help notch the strength milestone. 

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According to Open Powerlifting, Romero’s new double PR also unofficially exceeds her one-rep all-time competition best by 14 kilograms (31 pounds). Romero achieved that top personal competitive squat figure of 220 kilograms (485 pounds) during the 2020 World Raw Powerlifting Federation (WRPF) Hybrid Showdown II. She competed in the 90-kilogram weight class in the Raw division

At the time of this article’s writing, Romero’s squat PR mark doesn’t appear connected to any competition on her upcoming docket. That said, it speaks to the athlete’s progress with her leg power in recent weeks. Per her social media, Romero seems to be focusing mainly on improving her squat lately. 

Roughly a week prior to Romero’s latest achievement, in early September 2o22, she finished a 229-kilogram (505-pound) squat for a three-rep PR. Before that, in late August, Romero logged a squat of 218.2 kilograms (481 pounds) for a four-rep PR. 

On an overall powerlifting scale, Romero’s all-time raw competition best deadlift of 265 kilograms (584.2 pounds) is the third-heaviest in the 90-kilogram category. Only Samantha Rice (273.5 kilograms/602.9 pounds) and Chakera Ingram (273 kilograms/601.8 pounds) have ever pulled more in the trio’s respective weight class. Here’s a rundown of Romero’s all-time raw competition bests:

Kheycie Romero | All-Time Competition Bests 

  • Squat — 220 kilograms (485 pounds)
  • Bench Press — 120 kilograms (264.5 pounds)
  • Deadlift — 265 kilograms (584.2 pounds)
  • Total — 570 kilograms (1,256.6 pounds )

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Since March 2017, Romero has participated in eight sanctioned competitions, some of which she doubled up in the Juniors 20-23 and Open categories. The athlete has five victories to her name and has never finished lower than second place. Here’s an overview of some of the more notable results from Romero’s powerlifting career to date:

Kheycie Romero | Notable Career Results

  • 2017 International Powerlifting League (IPL) Orlando Inzer Europa (Raw) — First place | Won in both the Juniors 20-23 and Open categories
  • 2019 United States Powerlifting Association (USPA) Battle of the Bay V (Raw/Open) — First place
  • 2020 WRPF Hybrid Showdown II (Raw/Open) — First place
  • 2021 WRPF The Bucked Up Showdown (Raw/Open) — First place

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Romero hasn’t competed since late September 2021. The next time the athlete lifts in an official contest, she could be adding a few new impressive marks to her personal career ledger. 

Featured image: @kheycie on Instagram