At just 24 years old, Amanda Lawrence is already one of the bigger names in powerlifting. Competing in the 84-kilogram weight class, she once again showed her prowess by winning Best Overall Lifter in the Women’s Division at the 2022 AMP Classic Open Nationals. SBD Apparel hosted the competition and took place on April 1-3, 2022 in Austin, TX.

Watch a video of each of Lawrence’s elevators, courtesy of her Instagram profile:

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Here are Lawrence’s full results from the meet:

2022 AMP Classic Open Nationals — Amanda Lawrence (84KG)

Squat — 242.5 kilograms (534.6 pounds) Bench press — 130 kilograms (286.6 pounds) Deadlift — 253 kilograms (557.7 pounds) Total — 625.5 kilograms (1378.9 pounds)

Lawrence had no shortage of gratitude in expressing joy in her Instagram post. After thanking several people — including her “MVP coach,” Joseph Giovanni Ferratti, and fellow professional powerlifters, Calvin Tanner, Grant Ivarson, and Camden Wilson — she saved her arguably best words of appreciation for last.

“Last but not least, thank you to the fans and everyone watching at home. Your support means everything and keeps me going,” Lawrence wrote in the post.

Meanwhile, powerlifter Jessica Buettner chimed in with a simple but effective, “Easy lifts, goddamn.”

Indeed, it sometimes seems like Lawrence makes the sport of powerlifting look easy.

Consistent excellence

Lawrence’s win at the 2022 AMP Classic Open Nationals is the latest in an impressive streak of wins. The powerlifter now has six consecutive wins dating back to the 2019 International Powerlifting Federation (IPF) World Classic Powerlifting Championships.

Here are some of the more notable recent achievements from Lawrence’s fledgling career:

2019 IPF World Classic Powerlifting Championships – 1st Overall 2019 USA Powerlifting (USAPL) Raw Nationals – 1st Overall 2020 USAPL Gainsgiving Open – 1st Overall 2021 USAPL Raw Nationals – 1st Overall 2021 IPF World Classic Powerlifting Championships – 1st Overall

The year 2019 may have been the year when Lawrence really broke into the elite powerlifting sphere for the first time. Consecutive wins in that year’s IPF World Championships and the USAPL Raw Nationals were the beginning of her recent excellence.

About two years later, in the 2021 IPF World Classic Powerlifting Championships, Lawrence broke three IPF world records. Here are her full stats from that encounter:

Squat – 243.5 kilograms (536.8 pounds) | IPF World Record Bench Press — 132.5 kilograms (292.1 pounds) Deadlift — 260.5 kilograms (574.3 pounds) | IPF World Record Total — 636.5 kilograms (1,403.2 pounds) | IPF World Record

Prepare to be awesome

For someone still emerging as a powerlifter, Lawrence’s perseverance through adversity may be what sets her apart.

In a 2020 interview with BarBend, the powerlifter discussed why it’s imperative that she trust herself. For Lawrence, perseverance is vital, especially when unexpected roadblocks arise, such as a hamstring injury just before the 2019 Raw Nationals.

“I don’t know if I’ll be able to get the numbers I’ve been looking for because of such a setback,” Lawrence said of her mindset after the injury. “You start doubting and doubting yourself.”

Whatever Lawrence did to adapt—such as a therapy program that occasionally left her feeling “defeated”—clearly worked. During that meeting, she broke three then-world records with a squat of 243 kilograms (535.7 pounds), a bench press of 252.5 kilograms (556.66 pounds) and a total of 613 kilograms (1,351 pounds).

“I started this for myself and to make myself happy,” Lawrence said.

Given the amazing results of Lawrence’s burgeoning career thus far, it’s hard to argue with that kind of positive, self-fulfilling mindset.

The 2022 IPF World Classic Powerlifting Championships will take place on June 6-12, 2022 in Sun City, South Africa.

Featured Image: @miss.amanda.ann

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