Kheycie Romero says she’s been “dreaming” about lifting 600 pounds for the last four years.
Competitive powerlifter Kheycie Romero is bringing serious energy to the bar. The 26-year-old, who started lifting weights about four years ago, recently shared a video of herself lifting an impressive 605 pounds. That’s over three times (!) Her body weight (in her last weightlifting competition, she weighed 188 pounds).
Now, by no means does Romero make his achievement seem easy. In fact, it seems that she fights seriously at the beginning of the video.
But in the end, Romero concludes a clean survey, setting his own personal record.
In his Instagram post, Romero wrote that she was “physically not ready” for the survey. So what led you to overcome the challenge?
“I actually went into that training day with a very calm mindset,” Romero tells Shape. “I just said to myself, ‘Today is the day. I’m going to do the 300lb weightlifting.’
Since she felt grounded at the present moment, Romero says she relied on her body to lift the weight. “It was an extremely gratifying moment,” she explains. “It almost felt like a dream, like ‘Wow, did I really do that?’
Turns out Romero has been dreaming about lifting 600 pounds since 2016, just months after starting weightlifting, she shares. “About four months after powerlifting, I really woke up from a very intense dream. I lifted 600 pounds,” she says. “From then on, I always said, ‘I know I’ll do it someday. It’s destined.'”
But when Romero shared his goal with others, she usually got a “yes, of course, ok” in return, she says. Of course, that didn’t stop her. “I’m pretty ruthless and wouldn’t stop until I reached [my goal],” she explains.
Romero may have reached her goal of raising 600 pounds, but she is still committed to climbing the ranks, she shares. “I want to keep working to be the best. I want to touch numbers that no woman has – at least in squats and deadlifts,” she says. “I’m not very bencher,” she jokes.
For now, she says her goal is to reduce weight by 617 pounds in the competition. “Just because of my birthday: June 17,” she adds.
While his physical strength is undoubtedly inspiring, Romero says weightlifting has done more than just transform his body. “It’s extremely empowering. It makes you appreciate what your body is capable of, not just how it looks,” she explains. “It makes me feel much more confident, stronger and capable of doing anything else I think.”
Your advice for setting and achieving goals? “It’s all mental,” she says. “When you reach that level and are mentally unprepared to face the weight, you will probably fail. But if you walk confidently and trust your abilities, you will probably succeed. That goes for whatever kind of goal you set. You need to trust yourself and believe you can achieve it. It’s the mind over matter. “