Powerlifting: Hickman is national champ, world record-holder after Idaho meet

Dawn Hickman and her husband and workout partner Steve posed in their garage gym this summer. (Photo by Bruce Strand)

Elk River powerlifter Dawn Hickman captured a national championship and several world records last weekend at the American Women’s Powerlifting Congress meet Idaho.

Hickman, 43, won the 97-pound class, lifting a total of 719 pounds for squat, bench and dead lift. She won Best Female lifter open class and masters class (over 40) by achieving the highest percentage to total of her body weight.

She is now considered an elite lifter by the American Power Lifting Federation (APF) which is governed by the World Power Lifting Congress (WPC).  Requirements are 680 lbs  (309 kg’s) in a single competition. She beat that by 39 pounds.

Hickman set AWPC world records in  open class for squats, with 275 pounds (old record was 198); bench with 171 (old record 154); dead lift with 275 (old record 209); and her total of 719 (old record 561).

A manager and waitress at Daddy O’s Cafe, with three teenage daughters, she works out at home in a garage gym with her husband Steve and trainers Lloyd Hemenway and Mike Anderson. The foursome calls themselves the West Metro Team.

You may view her lifts on You Tube. Search Dawn Hickman AWPC Champ and KSTP Channel 5 Web Site, search Dawn Hickman.