Kirk Karwoski: The Crazy Powerlifter

Kirk Karwoski (b. sep 6, 1966) is widely considered one of the greatest squatters in the history of powerlifting. Many people recognize Kirk’s 1000lb x 2 squat to be the most impressive set in history. As a child he was fat and the other neighborhood children picked on him. One day his grandfather bought him his first weight set when he …

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The First International Powerlifting Meet

Americans vs. Brits, The First International Meet 1970September 1970, the Embassy Auditorium in Los Angeles hosted what was described as ‘the first international powerlifting meet ever held’.  The British-US Power Meet was held at the Embassy Auditorium in Los Angeles on September 19th and was the fruition of much hard work and planning by Tony …

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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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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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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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