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Footage Shows Gruesome Moment Powerlifter Snaps Her Arm Attempting 369lbs Lift

Rebecca Shepherd

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Footage Shows Gruesome Moment Powerlifter Snaps Her Arm Attempting 369lbs Lift

This is the moment a powerlifter snapped her arm trying to squat 369 pounds.

Robyn Machado’s arm gave in during the set despite successfully lifting heavier weights previously.

The video was taken back in March 2020, but resurfaced on her TikTok account more recently with the 35-year-old explaining more about the injury.

When someone commented calling her 'too weak' and 'stupid' to even think she could attempt it, Robyn responded with a video showing her squatting 375lbs, 380lbs and 386lbs.


There are even clips showing her post injury squatting 380lbs and 405lbs with a high bar.

Basically, she's a machine.




The video which was taken during a competition and shows Robyn lifting the bar before stepping backwards and preparing herself for the deep squat.

With three spotters stood beside her, she begins to lower herself before a crack can be heard which is the moment Robyn begins to scream and look at her left arm.

She broke her radius bone and needed a plate and eight screws putting in her arm.

Image:  TikTok/powerlifting_portagee
Image: TikTok/powerlifting_portagee

In a follow up video, where she tells viewers a bit more about what happened, Robyn says: "The first thing that went wrong was the day before when you go in and they take your weight and rack heights and stuff, the squat rack had the bench in between and I'm short.

"I had to straddle a bench while trying to get my squat rack height. Honestly that was ridiculous."

She went on: "So the next day at the meet I did my first squat and it was fabulous... then my second attempt squat - the 369 that I tried - I'm like 'I could do that in my sleep'... my one rep max, at the time, was at least 405 so I thought I was good.

"I got under the bar and I noticed it felt a little bit higher and I though 'you know what, this has happened to me many times, I'll be fine' plus I had so much adrenaline going."


Explaining how she had to go on to her tip toes to get the bar over the hook, she continued: "It hit the hook on the left side and started to kind of roll. But again, this has happened in the past, I've been squatting this way for four years.

"I start to go down and I feel the bar slide even further. It was a brand new bar... I felt the pressure on my arm and I heard that loud crunch. I looked over and could see - not the bone - but the bone popping from underneath the skin and I just screamed."

Featured Image Credit: Image: Tik Tok

Topics: Weightlifting

Rebecca Shepherd
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