A competitive milestone seems inevitable for Muluh.
In powerlifting, certain lifters have the potential for world record performances in any ordinary workout or sanctioned competition. On March 15, 2023, Sonita Muluh provided an excellent example of this power phenomenon with her recording a 280 kilogram (617.3 pound) raw squat during a recent training session. Muluh wore wrist wraps, knee warmers, and a squat lifting belt.
Muluh’s massive buoyancy is particularly notable as he is one kilogram (2.2 pounds) above the all-time raw world record in the +90 kilogram weight class. According to Open Powerlifting, the current brand is owned by April Mathis, who squatted 278.9 kilograms (615 pounds) at the 2011 American Powerlifting Federation (APF) Southern States. Muluh is an ordinary +84 kilogram powerlifter under the jurisdiction of the International Powerlifting Federation (IPF). This brand has proven untouchable for more than a decade.
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If Muluh transferred this squat number to an IPF competition, this would be it 2.9 kilograms (6.4 pounds) more than Bonica Brown’s raw IPF world record in the +84 category. Brown squatted 273.5 kilograms (602.9 pounds) in a 2022 IPF World Classic Powerlifting Championships performance and is known as one of the greatest powerlifters of all time with seven IPF World Championship titles (2014-2019, 2022).
Since the respective +84kg and +90kg divisions have no specific weight caps, there are no underlying limitations on Muluh’s training performance. For those reasons, which aren’t a weight cap, it stays on par with Mathis and Brown.
Per Open Powerlifting, here’s a rundown of Muluh’s all-time competitive bests. So far, the athlete has only competed in the +84 kg weight class:
Sonita Muluh | All-Time Raw Competitive Best
- squatting — 270 kilograms (595.2 pounds)
- bench press — 137.5 kilograms (303.1 pounds)
- deadlift — 253.5 kilograms (558.9 pounds)
- In total — 661 kilograms (1,457.2 pounds)
At the time of writing, Muluh doesn’t appear to have any upcoming competition plans. In recent Instagram posts, Muluh has mentioned a focus on reducing her body weight, without specifically mentioning a potential shift in weight class.
“A cut diet and 2kg [4.4 pounds] already down at 120kg [264.5 pounds] Bodyweight and weights are still moving.”
For now, it looks like the athlete is waiting to potentially set a world record in the squat in competition. That being said, Muluh’s competitive record is excellent as the powerlifter has emerged victorious on eight out of 11 occasions. Muluh is the defending European Powerlifting Federation (EPF) champion in the raw +84 kg division. She has only missed a competitive win once in her six competitive appearances in 2022, at this iteration of the IPF World Championships.
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The future looks bright for Muluh, one of the established stars and names in powerlifting. It’s a name the sport could soon see comfortably engraved in the international record books.
Featured image: @sonita_ml on Instagram
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