The Internet is in love with a 15-year-old cheerleader who squats 300 pounds

You'll never make a joke about pom-poms again.


Gabe Bergado


Published Mar 20, 2015   Updated May 29, 2021, 6:27 am CDT

Do you even lift, bro? Well, this 15-year-old cheerleader does. And she can squat 300 pounds, while simultaneously making you feel terrible about your own flabby body. 

Patricia Ballesteros is a sophomore and cheerleader at Desert Ridge High School in Mesa, Arizona. This video of her squatting the massive weight has been making the internet rounds this week, and it’s even been showcased on ESPN. Check it out:

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According to the Daily Mail, Ballesteros puts the time into the weight room to strengthen her legs, which gives her an advantage during lifting-heavy routines. It looks like the iron pumping has paid off: The Desert Ridge High School cheer squad has won the State championship for the past two years. 

Ballesteros isn’t the only strong lady making recent headlines. Crossfit athlete Darian Sperry left people speechless when a GIF of her lifting 180 pounds went viral. Sperry is 5’1″ and weighs less than 130 pounds.

Badass women like Ballesteros and Sperry are helping break the stereotype that lifting is a boys’ club. So think twice before you scoff at a lady in the weight room at the gym. She might be able to use her legs as a deadly weapon. 

H/T Daily Mail | Photo via Eric McGregor/Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

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*First Published: Mar 20, 2015, 4:00 pm CDT