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Eva Dunbar Now Has the Highest Wilks for Any Raw Powerlifter (Ever)

This weekend, Eva Dunbar’s stature in the sport of powerlifting soared to new heights. The 148-pound athlete competed at an RPS meet called “No Retreat No Surrender” in Cherokee, North Carolina, and finished with the highest Wilks score of all time for a raw powerlifter, in any weight class, male or female. Her score was a 637.95.

[OK, it’s a little outdated now, but check out our infographic of the greatest Wilks scores of all time here!]

Dunbar went 8 for 9, squatting 536.8 pounds (243.5kg), benching 315.25 pounds (143kg), and pulling 518 pounds (235kg). That was also a new all-time world record for the raw squat with knee wraps, beating Rheta West’s 2016 record by 1.8 pounds.

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We couldn’t get a video of her bench, but here’s her phenomenal 518-pound deadlift. Both lifts were PRs.

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There was magic in the Smoky Mountains this weekend. I competed at the Iron Mafia No Retreat No Surrender Meet in Cherokee, NC. It’s been a year since I stepped on the platform to compete and I came in with some huge goals in mind. Methodically, piece by piece with the help of @norrisstrong & @hollywood_hobz we built a total, and I took back the ATWR total by 37lbs putting it at 1370 giving me a Wilks of 637; now this is the highest Wilks in raw powerlifting history regardless of gender. I also took the ATWR squat in wraps with a 537lbs squat. I had in my mind a few very important tasks to complete. I wanted that squat record, I wanted to bench 3 plates, something I’ve been trying to do for a very long time, and to PR in my deadlift on the platform. I am ecstatic with my performance, but it would have never been possible without the people I had in my corner. The list of people is so long. This level of competing isn’t possible without the right elements. It was a perfectly run meet, a fantastic atmosphere, amazing camaraderie, loving support and of course all the heart and focus to execute. Nobody ever knows all of the behind the scenes drama and obstacles that we have to conquer to earn that spot to even attempt to break these records. Sometimes our own insecurities and self doubt can sabotage our efforts. There is such a small margin for error. But, through all my anxiety, and inexperience, I found comfort in the wisdom of my husband and the many perspectives of my teammates. I was so proud to wear my beautifully custom made singlet, and represent Kabuki Strength in my quest. As always I am forever grateful for the continued generosity and encouragement. @brandon_senn we did it 💪🏼🔥 My mom @nancydunbar54 drove all the way from Canada 🇨🇦 to help me in every aspect possible and put me through the best weight cut I’ve ever had; she’s been to ever meet and competition I have ever done and I am so lucky to share these moments with her. Finally, a special shout out to @bamabricksquadtraining 🔥 Stacy was there the entire day encouraging me and celebrating this moment in powerlifting history; a true comrad ❤️. What’s next……ITG

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She wrote of her performance,

There was magic in the Smoky Mountains this weekend. (…) It’s been a year since I stepped on the platform to compete and I came in with some huge goals in mind. Methodically, piece by piece with the help of (Dallas Norris) & (Anthony Hobaica) we built a total, and I took back the ATWR total by 37lbs putting it at 1370 giving me a Wilks of 637; now this is the highest Wilks in raw powerlifting history regardless of gender. I also took the ATWR squat in wraps with a 537lbs squat.

Nobody ever knows all of the behind the scenes drama and obstacles that we have to conquer to earn that spot to even attempt to break these records. Sometimes our own insecurities and self doubt can sabotage our efforts. There is such a small margin for error. But, through all my anxiety, and inexperience, I found comfort in the wisdom of my husband and the many perspectives of my teammates.

The highest Wilks for a raw athlete, ever. This is a pretty big deal.

Featured image via @hollywood_hobz on Instagram.

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