John Kuc ‘The Legend’

Around 1980 John Kuc retired and stopped powerlifting. At this time his best friend Bob Gaynor wrote the following tribute (source PL USA) – Mr. Berg “It is with a great deal of respect and a tremendous amount of disappointment that I must report the end of an era. It now appears that the competitive …

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Forced Reps With John Kuc

Sometimes John Kuc struggled to bench 500lb+ but his training partner ‘Big Jim Williams’ helped him with some new training ideas. Finally John benched 600lb in 1972 World Championships. Here’s a great excerpt from John Kuc about forced rep training published in PL USA 1980. – Mr. Berg “John Kuc made some amazing…absolutely amazing progress using …

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John Kuc’s Bench Press Routine

Powerlifting John Kuc developed the following routine to improve your benchpress around 15-30lb. Use my great-tag system below and click ‘John Kuc’ to learn more about him. – Mr. Berg “My bench press training was influenced by Big Jim Williams and Pat Casey. I use the word “influenced” because I am not the same as …

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Big Jim Williams Benchpress Philosophy

Here’s a must read. Powerlifter and Iron Historian ‘Bob Gaynor’ was friend with Big Jim and witnessed him benching. He wrote the following article in 1989 – Mr. Berg “Throughout our lifting career we meet many individuals from many walks of life. My former training partner, Big Jim Williams of Scranton, Pennsylvania, is one of those …

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Deadlift Program: Gain 30 Pounds!

The following deadlift routine was developed by oldschool powerlifting star John Kuc – Mr. Berg “What we are going to do in this narrative is map out a complete deadlift cycle. To do this a few assumptions must be made: 1. Lifter is in beginner to intermediate stage 2. Has competed in a meet 3. …

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Natural Training Methods by John Kuc

John Kuc is a great powerlifting legend from the 70’s. Here’s John’s opinion about using drugs in powerlifting – Mr. Berg! “I have previously discussed my overall philosophy of drug free training, however, in this article I would like to delve into actual drug free training methods. Over the last few years I have found …

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Powerlifting Diet by John Kuc

The following oldschool strong man diet was developed by legend John Kuc. Use my great tag-system below and click ‘John Kuc’ to learn more about him.. – Mr. Berg When John Kuc was a full Superheavyweight…eating just about anything that was handy, he ended up with high blood pressure problems…he took care of that situation …

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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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