Rheta West started powerlifting competitively in 2007. She set her first
all time record in a raw squat with 470 @ 148 breaking the previous record by
68 lbs. She has set 9 all time historical world records in both raw and
equipped over her career, some of them were her own. Rheta currently holds 3: the
raw and equipped squats at 148 and the equipped total at 148. Ken Anderson sent
Rheta her first single ply Katana bench shirt at the end of 2010. She went on to set
a of couple old single ply records in the USPA and the USPF; the deadlift still stands.
From Rheta: "I was very committed to showing Ken my appreciation by doing well and he
soon told me that he would like to provide me with anything I needed for my lifting.
Ken Anderson has been such a wonderful help in my lifting career. Personally for his
belief in my ability to rise to the challenges, tangibly in all my equipment needs and
much more in his friendship and loyalty. I owe him more than I could ever bring to a platform."
Rheta West owns Hercules Gym, in Syracuse, NY. It houses some of the top lifters in the country.
She coaches powerlifting in all forms, does seminars and classes, and actively promotes
powerlifting both equipped and raw, but most specifically equipped and women especially. She
is a proud distributor of Anderson Powerlifting products, including the SBD line. She plans to
continue powerlifting both raw and equipped and rank out in different weight classes. Rheta is currently trying out the sport of bodybuilding and is going to see if she can bring an element
of need for Anderson products in that world as well.