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Willows' Powerlifter

Willows' High senior is making headlines in the powerlifting world.

Posted: Aug 21, 2019 8:15 PM

WILLOWS, Calif. -- Standing at 5'1 Willows' High senior is deadlifting double her weight and even setting some world records. 

It all started at school nearly two years ago. Katee Peabody deadlifted 205 lbs in her first try and she only weighed 114 lbs. 

"It was really easy," said Katee. "Not too difficult." 

"It was very impressive when she told me," said father Wayne Peabody. "But, I said that's great but if you want to continue with those big numbers we need to get you somewhere to make sure you're safe."

Katee trains at the East Side Gym in Willows' alongside trainer Manny Burruel. Burrueal has already set over a hundred world records. 

"Kids for the most part are not afraid of any weight and she showed up and she was exaxctly that," said Burruel. "When she deadlifted at 150 she wanted 200, when she did 200 she wanted 250 and now at her age now she wants 300."

In Katee's first year of competition, she set a world record in deadlifting at 270 lbs and 147 lbs in bench. She was in the 114 weight class. 

"You really just have to be mentally focused," said Katee. "I chant to myself that 'you're going to get it, you're going to get this lift."

Katee said she trains five days a week for at least two hours a day.

Katee just competed in the 123 weight class of the World Association of Benchers and Dead Lifters and set another world record in deadlift at 253 lbs. She assisted the East Side Gym in clinching the West Coast title. 

Katee will compete in November in Las Vegas and she hopes to deadlift 300 lbs. 

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