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John Kuc: The Strong Silent Type

John Kuc Ex-Marine and most scary Power Lifter in the 70s. He is known for his superhuman strength and mental attitude. He has one of the greatest psyches for powerlifting. During the competition he hardly talked at all. He cites that working out is a serious business and too much socializing will destroy the proper …

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Hafthor Bjornsson Will He Break Powerlifting Records?

In december Thor is going to compete in Powerlifting! He wants to show everyone that he can not only show his performance in Strongman, but also in all sports like Power Lifting. Power Lifting consists of 3 exercises: Squat, Benchpress and Deadlift  Professional strongmen like Eddie Hall, Žydrūnas Savickas and Brian Shaw started with powerlifting. …

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Big Jim Williams From Prisoner To World Champion

  Jim is one of the first black men to establish himself and a world record holder in powerlifting. Jim Williams said that he bench pressed 600 lbs (272 kg) before learning about steroids. He has been lifting weights since 1966. Furthermore he has done 25 powerlifting meets and won 21 of them! Jim Williams is …

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Doug Young Beast Of America

Doug Young was born in the year 1944 in Texas,USA. Mr. Young was a railroad conductor. He played football during high school and college but he had to stop playing football. His knees could not stand the strain. Thus he started powerlifting. He was world champion in power-lifting from 1975 to 1977, and strength coach. …

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70s powerlifting legends

70’s Power Lifting Stars

The 1970’s were a fantastic decade in powerlifting history that saw many all-time lifting barriers fall and/or nearly fall. In the squat, 900 would first succumb in 1972 compliments of either John Kuc or Jon Cole (depends on whose side you want to take) and we would have Joe-Joe White’s close miss with 1,000 lbs …

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80’s Power Lifting Stars

Mike Bridges (Birth date: february 1, 1957) Who is that? It’s a shame his feats aren’t hailed about today. Mike was the superlative powerlifter. A winner of five world championships and several world record. How about a total of 2105 lb at 181lb body weight. That’s total that maybe one other lifter has approached. Mike …

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Doyle Kenady Mountain Man from Oregon

Doyle Kenady Mountain man from Oregon as told to Powerlifting USA by Gus Rethwisch Doyle Kenady passed away from a heart attack at age 50, on my birthday, February 3rd. Doyle cut an impressive figure with his mountain man beard and prodigious strength at 5’10”, 310lbs. He was a 2time IPF World Champion and just …

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One Year Bicep Tear Recovery by Zitronenquark

Stephan Krippl aka. “Zitronenquark” teard his biceps during deadlift one year ago. Stephan is a Power Lifter from Germany, Bavaria. He is able to benchpress 256kg/564lb to deadlift 360kg/793lb and to squat 310kg/683lb RAW. Today he is fully recovered and is able to train like a mad man! But how exactly did he tear his bicep? As I …

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Eric Coppin: Legends Will Never Die

Eric Coppin was the best belgium lifter. In the IPF World Championship 1987 he was able to squat 360kg (792lbs) to bench press 207,5kg (456,5lbs) and to deadlift 373,5kg (823,4lbs) at a bodyweight of 83kg (182,6lbs). His feat of strength is as big as Ed Coan. At the age of 27 Eric was very young. He was definitily not in his …

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Jouko Ahola is more man than YOU!

Jouko Ahola was born December 1, 1970. He was a tough Finnish former strongman. He won the “World’s Strongest Man” in 1997 and 1999. Furthermore he was able to beat big guys like Flemming Rasmussen, Magnus Samuelsson, Svend Karlsen and Magnús Ver Magnússon. . Jouko’s mindset was unique during oldschool strongman era. He used to bleed heavy when …

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