14 Year Old Girl Bench Presses 290lbs.

If you have ever been to or read about the Arnold Sports Festival then you know there is a LOT going on and a LOT to talk about.  And this year’s ASF 2014 was no different.  Over 200,000 people attended and it was a venue people will be talking about for a long time.

We saw heroic feats of strength…

This guy could not walk due to a severely injured leg but he deadlifted over a 1,000lbs.
This guy could not walk due to a severely injured leg but he deadlifted over a 1,000lbs.

Witnessed super human performances…

Steph thinks she can do this
Steph thinks she can do this

There were celebrity sightings…

WWE Star, Mark Henry
WWE Star, Mark Henry
Legendary Strongman Magnus ver Magnussen
Legendary Strongman Magnus ver Magnussen
And Arnold himself.
And of course Arnold himself.

And people walk around looking like this…

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But the one phenom everyone was talking about was 14 year old Maryana Naumova.

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In many was Maryana is just like any other Russian teenager.  She likes her pets and photography and her favorite meal is sushi.  But Maryana is a world record holding powerlifter.  She started powerlifting at 10 years old because she wanted to be like her father.  Her idols are Dana Linn Bailey and Arnold Schwarzenegger.  Her favorite lift is the bench press and not surprisingly, she is pretty good at it.

Here she prepares for 290lbs
Here she prepares for 290lbs

At just 13 years old she raw bench pressed 235lbs while weighing only 114lbs.

Here she takes a full competition style pause at the bottom.
Here she takes a full competition style pause at the bottom.
The judge makes sure it is a good lift.
The judge makes sure it is a good lift.
At 14 years old, she is 5'7" and weighs 136lbs
At 14 years old, she is 5’7″, weighs 136lbs and can bench press well over double her weight.

Hours after her lift I saw her walking around shopping at the various vendors and she seemed like any typical 14 year old.  But Maryana is far from typical.  There has never been a girl under the age of 15 in any weight class who has benched as much as young Maryana.

If you would like to read more about Maryana, she did an interview with Critical Bench last April.

This was one of my favorite quotes from that interview (I imagine she has a lot of haters):

What do the haters say to you?

They write nasty things about me such as I use steroids, that my parents force me to do the bench press and I that I’m hurting myself.  These are bad people.

IMG_5309You can probably see why she was the talk of the Arnold Sports Festival 2014.

Here is a 255lb raw bench from Maryana plus other crazy demonstrations of strength: