I began weightlifting with the dream of bodybuilding in 1996. My coach, Rick Hussey, trained me in powerlifting for two years. I did local powerlifting meets and racked up some local records. I tried my hand at bodybuilding for two years winning titles such as Ms. Nebraska, Ms. Midwest and Ms. Rocky Mountain.
Two things happened in the year 2000. First, big muscular girls were, ironically, no longer welcome in bodybuilding. I was denied proper placing at the 2000 Junior USA bodybuilding show. Second, world powerlifting records were within reach. The choice seemed hard at the time, but I had to give up bodybuilding to pursue my goals in powerlifting. It was a great decision! Full time powerlifting!
I am the strongest female powerlifter to ever walk the face of the earth. I have the highest total ever 867.5 kg/1912.5 lbs. I have the highest squat ever, 382.5 kg/843.2 lbs. I have the highest deadlift ever, 295 kg/650.3 lbs. My highest bench ever is 227.5 kg/501.5 lbs. I have two WPC world records in the 198 lb weight class and four WPC world records in the 198+ lb weight class. I received best lifter awards at 2001, 2002 & 2003 APF Nationals, and 2001 & 2003 WPC Worlds.
Instead of going to the 2002 WPC Worlds, I tried my hand at Strongwoman contests. The Heartland Strongman Challenge was my first competition, then NASS Nationals. I won heavyweight first place in both competitions, winning all of the individual events as well. The athleticism required in strongwoman is very appealing to me. My size is deceiving; people think because I am big, I am slow. I would love to pursue this sport, however the qualification process for Worlds is not what it seems. Therefore, there is no future for me here.
My life is engulfed in my athletics. I graduated with a Mechanical Engineering Degree from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln in 1998. Instead of pursuing a career, I work for myself at Big Iron Gym, a place I created with my coach/boyfriend Rick Hussey. At this time, I am healing from bilateral bicep repairs. And plan on focusing on public relations while I heal and regain my strength.
BECCA'S WPC/APF WORLD RECORDS
198+ Weight Class - 843.2 lb Squat
198+ Weight Class - 501.5 lb Bench Press
198+ Weight Class - 650.3 lb Deadlift
198+ Weight Class - 1912 lb Total
198 lb Weight Class - 635 lb Squat
198 lb Weight Class - 1566 lb Total
ONLY WOMAN TO:
SQUAT OVER 700 LBS
SQUAT OVER 800 LBS
TOTAL OVER 1600 LBS
TOTAL OVER 1700 LBS
TOTAL OVER 1800 LBS
TOTAL OVER 1900 LBS
COMPETITION DYNAMICS OF BECCA SWANSON
Weight: 240 lbs