There are a lot of reasons for why a powerlifter might stack additional plates on the barbell to challenge themselves with a new 1-RM.
Some athletes are chasing records. Some athletes are pulling big in the gym so they can prove their superiority in competition. And some athletes are just continuing their day-to-day training in preparation for a their next big meet when their coach lets them loose to have “some fun”.
Hunter Henderson was looking for a good time in the gym when she clipped in 242kg/534lb and pulled a massive new deadlift PR.