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These Instagram Girls Will Inspire You to Try Powerlifting

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    Elite Raw 72 kg Powerlifter Katie Anne makes squatting 355 lbs in this Instagram look a lot easier than it should. Follow her for funny captions, incredibly heavy lifts, and if you can't get enough, just check out her YouTube channel. (Feeling inspired yet? Find out which weight lifting program is right for you.)

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    Ashley Svendye is both a 58kg Powerlifter and a Strongwoman competitor—so she competes with barbells as well as atlas stones, tires, and circus dumbbells. Follow her on Instagram for inspiring strength photos, not to mention some serious #braidgoals.

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    Monet Bland, AKA @Live_and_Lift, is a Boston-based powerlifter with titles in Junior and collegiate powerlifting, including an All-American spot at the 2014 Collegiate National Championships. Her feed will make you want to lift and dress like a powerlifter—just check out her carnival style and on-point matching in this Instagram pic (even the weight plates, you guys).

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    This Alaskan lady is a USA powerlifting world record holder and a member of the USA National Open team. Better known as Natalie Hanson, she's only been powerlifting full-time since 2014, but is seriously kicking ass at it. (P.S. This 17-year-old powerlifter picked it up crazy-quick too.)

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    Coffee and donut lover Desiree Morgan Clayborn is a 56kg Elite Raw Powerlifter and certified powerlifting coach. The 28-year-old's latest adventure (besides recently tying the knot) is taking on Olympic weight lifting to become a dual-sport athlete.

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    Cynthia Leu is a girl-power fueled powerlifter and a U.S. Marines Reservist who won't let haters (or other people's definitions of beauty) define her. This tattoo of her personal mantra says it all: "In a mirror we find a reflection of our appearances, in a heart we find a reflection of our soul."

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    @Trackfu, AKA Kimberly Walford, is an Open Raw World Champion powerlifter who brings some serious energy to the bar. Watch this video of her making a 490.5lb deadlift look easy, then get inspired to do it yourself (but taking off a few pounds is totally cool). (This video from the Iron Maidens Raw Open will clue you into what it feels like to deadlift twice your body weight.)


Lauren Mazzo

Lauren Mazzo is a digital assistant editor for Shape and Fitness. She's an Ithaca College alumna, a Rochester, NY, native and an NYC transplant.  More →

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