On July 19, 2023, strongwoman Lucy Underdown shared an Instagram video of her deadlifting 300 kilograms (661.4 pounds) for three reps during a recent training session. The strength feat is notable because that weight is the current strongwoman World Record. Underdown herself set that mark in 2021.
For assistive equipment on her latest feat of strength, the elite strongwoman wore a lifting belt and lifting straps, and completed her mind-boggling pulls from a conventional stance with a double-overhand grip.
This is far from the first time Underdown has made waves with one of her deadlift sessions.
Only just recently, roughly a week before this three-rep pulling bonanza, Underdown shared a 280-kilogram (617.3-pound) four-rep bout of strength-endurance and power in one. Couple that with owning both the strongwoman deadlift World Record and the Kratos Bar deadlift World Record of 305 kilograms (672.4 pounds), and Underdown continues to distinguish herself as one of the globe’s best deadlifters.
Underdown is not only a powerful athlete when it comes to pulling massive weight from the ground. That’s further evidenced by a personal record (PR) log press of 105 kilograms (231.5 pounds) for three reps from July 17, 2023. In almost every case, Underdown made these lifts look predictably easy. This is a promising sign for her pending competitions.
Underdown is in the midst of preparing for a litany of strongwoman contests.
The athlete will feature in each of the upcoming 2023 Europe’s Strongest Woman, the 2023 Britain’s Strongest Woman (BSW), and the 2023 England’s Strongest Woman contests. Despite her reputation built on World Records, Underdown is still looking to build on the only win of her professional career — the 2022 England’s Strongest Woman — according to her profile on Strongman Archives. The athlete came close during the 2023 UK’s Strongest Woman (UKSW) but ultimately fell short by one point to defending champion Rebecca Roberts.
If Underdown transfers over her deadlifts and displays of strength like this to any of her upcoming strongwoman appearances, another future milestone victory feels likely. It would undoubtedly be a huge moment for one of the sport’s bigger stars.
As Underdown can likely attest herself, all it would take to finally break through with another win is one more glorious moment where she could leap over her peers. Perhaps, her deadlift or log press will eventually help this ambitious quest.
Featured image: @lucyunders_strongwoman on Instagram
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