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If you were to travel to the middle of Florida, you might come across weightlifting legend Mahailya Reeves. No, she’s not some 50-year-old woman who’s retired from powerlifting competitions. In fact, she’s probably worried about homework and tests like a normal teenager.

Yes, Reeves is a 15-year-old freshman at Lake Butler’s Union County High School, and she’s a treat to watch when she’s got a set of weights in her hands. She’d absolutely be an upgrade over one of Tom Brady or Patrick Mahomes’ offensive linemen. But she might want to stick to weightlifting, because she has a bright future in it.

How do I know? Just watch:

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That, my friends, is 355 pounds. Reeves lifted that insane amount of weight up off her chest with ease at a recent regional competition. And you know what? It looked like she had way more in the tank. Imagine how many times she could put up 225 at the NFL Scouting Combine.

And let’s talk about that that flawless form, too. The arch in her back is rivaled by maybe the iconic Gateway Arch in St. Louis. Normal humans would probably snap in half trying to contort their bodies the way Reeves does. And that’s before lifting a bunch of metal plates in the air.

For reference, here are things that weigh roughly the same as 355 pounds:

A male American black bear
28,000 quarters
One-and-a-half Saquon Barkleys

The crazy thing is that Reeves is just a freshman in high school, and she’s already broken the Florida state record for bench. Just think what other competitors her age in the sunshine state are thinking while watching her.

She’s also scary strong in other weightlifting moves too:

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I’m not a betting man, but if I was, my money is on her to one day take home a gold medal in the Olympics. Seriously, remember Reeves’ name.

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Patrick has spent parts of the last four years covering University of Florida athletics and spent two seasons with Major League Baseball. He's a baseball junkie who spends his days defending Derek Jeter and the Miami Marlins. A recent Gator grad, Patrick currently resides in Gainesville, Florida.
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