Return Of Trenton "Iron Mike" Wade

Many of you will not remember Iron Mike, its been 10 yrs since he last graced a powerlifting platform. He was a top jr 165 pounder in the USAPL and eventually grew into a full 198 where he eventually took silver at the nationals two years in a row. His best lifts back then in single ply gear were 733 squat 562 bench and a 683 dead lift. His training lifts were even higher after his national appearance however he bombed out in his last meet where he was set to post a total somewhere over the 2100 mark!! The big total never came, see Trenton had a physique that rivaled the best in powerlifting and temptation into the world of bodybuilding became too great... so for the last ten years he's been a top amateur bodybuilder winning several titles... Now his life is coming full circle and he has returned to the platform to pick up where he left off!
His first meet back was at the USPA Texas Cup this weekend and there he went raw and smoked an opener 562 squat. He missed it on his first and 2nd attempts as he was still getting his feet wet.. In the bench he made an 424 3rd attempt and 435 4th. He pulled another easy lift of 655 in the dead lift with a lot left in the tank, I can see him in the 1800's very quickly!

Ashton Rouska Pulling 700 for 3!

Posted by Texas Strength Systems, Ashton Rouska prepares for the upcoming raw nationals and is posted some serious training lifts!

UTSA powerlifting member and BPS member Ashton Rouska hits a major pr of 700 pound for a triple at a bwt of 195 here at the new TSS training facility! Ashton is only 18 years old and competes in the 83/93kg class we expect big things from Mr.Rouska this year at Raw nationals and collegiate nationals.

USA Powerlifting Nationals Most Competitive Class???

Rob Schmidt posted an interesting question in the USA Powerlifting Facebook page. There are many great match ups in the up coming USA Powerlifting Raw Nationals, will the 105 kg class be the most competitive? What's your opinion?

Bryce Lewis pulls 685 3x3. The raw world record total holder at 105 (Bryce), the 105 national and world champion, and the 105 American record total holder are 3 different people.
Will the 105's be the most competitive class at raw nationals?

Kejajuan Collington Tops The 148 Bench!

On July 9th 2016 Kejajuan nailed a 375 bench at 148 to top
the raw bench press rankings! The last time he competed
was in 2013 where he made a 325 bench at only 132!
He performed his lift in the newly formed 365 SPF.

Chakera Holcomb : The Best Is Yet To Come!

On April 30th 2016 Chakera Holcomb posted a 1,405 pound total that shook the imagination of those who witnessed it. She made a 523 squat, a 319 benchpress and pulled a 562 deadlift which currently ranks her number two in US rankings in the total and number 1 in the bench press and 2nd in the deadlift! Great lifts by anyone's standards, but the shocker is... shes just now old enough to drink......thats right she just now 21 years old!!! The mind can only imagine what the future holds in store for her. She wants to become the lightest woman to hit a 1500 raw total, and she wants it soon....very soon. If she hits her goal in her contest, then what? What is possible? 1,600+ at 198 eventually? Why not, shes got plenty of time to do it.....Chakera... "WORLD'S Strongest Woman"...kinda has a ring to it!

The Animal Underground: Jordan Wong, Benchpress and Squats

More from Animal Underground with squat master Jordan Wong!

Animal athlete Jordan Wong does work in the garage including multiple sets of spotless squats of 705lbs.

The Animal Underground: Jay Nera, Shoulder anf Tricep Accessory Work

Animal sponsored athlete Jay Nera in training!

Thinking mans powerlifter, Jay Nera utilizes unorthodox methods to train his shoulders and triceps.

Improve your Bench with T-Shirt Presss: Jennifer Thompson

Here is an instructional video from one of the greatest bench pressers of our time. Jennifer Thompson has benched over 300 lbs under drug tested conditions against some of the toughest judging on the planet. This done at a body weight of just over 130 pounds! An amazing talent, and one we can all learn a thing or two from.

"IPF World Champion JT shares one of her bench exercises to improve your bench. Special guests at Thompson's Gym include LaTavia Bowen, Lara Strum and Streaky Yates.
Special shout out to Girls Who Powerlift

Pete Rubbish Tunnel Vision

4 weeks away from the 2016 Boss of Bosses, Pete Rubbish has his sights on a monster deadlift! Pete is still the number 1 ranked 242 pound dead lifter in the country with an 832 pound effort. However, recently John Rivas tied the same 832 but weighed 1 lb more. Pete has every intention of blasting away from any doubt just who is the king of the deadlift! How much will Pete pull? Well here's 830 for 4 reps... this will be interesting and what will Rivas answer back with?

How To Prevent Bombing Out by Steve Goggins and John Greaves III

Steve Goggins and John Greaves III discuss lessons learned from his recent experience
at 2016 USPA Drug Tested Raw Nationals where he bombed out for the first time.
Steve gives John advice based upon his decades of experience as a coach and lifter to help him avoid this in the future.

2016 USA Powerlifting Raw Nationals UPDATES!

We are 3 months away and already have over 500 lifters on the roster! The depth and talent that will be at this meet is unreal! There will be no uncontested classes. Each National Champion will have earned that title and will be celebrated for their accomplishment. To further bring excitement to the sport, here are just a few of the many things we are doing this year to make it exciting:

Scott Mecham and his 826 Bench Press!

Last we reported on Scott, he made an 821 bench press to extend his lead as the best 242 pound singleply bencher around!
Later after that report at the IPL Fit Con in April, he took it even further to 826!
826 in singleply gear at 242 is a good squat but its mind boggling in the benchpress!

Emily DeMorest 1,113 Total in her 2nd meet!

Competing in only her second competition Emily weighed in officially at 155 to compete in the multiply division of the "RPS Battle In The Bluegrass" meet.
There Emily posted a 485 pound squat, benched 192 and pulled 435 just missing a big 474 pull! Emily is trained by none other then Jimmie Pacifico, a man of legendary pedigree!
Emily didn't cut to 148 this time but still had an impressive total to place her among the top 20 at #11.

Ian Soderqvist repping 715 (Hatfield Squats)

This man has yet to do a full meet in years but has some serious potential to post a BIG total! With 501 in the bench and 815 in the deadlift in official competition, Ian has to do a full meet ASAP! Just a mere (for him) 750 squat would give him over 2,060 at 275! His best push pull as mentioned earlier was done at 308 but he only weighed 288 no cut! I can see 2,100 right off the bat if he choose to!

Iron Rebel USPA Highlights!!!

Originally posted by Edward Koo of Iron Rebel:

2016 USPA Nationals- Iron Rebel Athletes compete in a very competitive and stacked Nationals. Maliek Derstine squats 778 and Bench's 540 @198. Andy Huang wins the 275's as he solidifies his ranking as #2 in the Nation. John Rivas breaks the All Time World Record Total at 242 held by Dan Green.