James Strickland 556 @ 280 WPC Record

New Comer to the powerlifting scene, James Strickland in only his second meet was at the APF raw nationals, and broke 3 WPC world records (308 wt class) on bench! He will be going for another world record in a lower weight class (275) for the CanAm bench wars in less than a month. He feels he is on schedule to put up over 600 in July. Watch video of his 556 bench @ 280lbs.


Raw unity will be held Jan 29/30/31 2016. The event will take place at the Civic center

in Port St Lucie Fla, the site of the 2014 event

Friday will be individual bench press and deadlift championships. For the bench and

deadlift only a masters division will be added

The 3 lift competition will take place on Sat & Sun. There will be a team competition in

Media accreditation for the 2015 IPC Powerlifting Asian Open Championships now open

Media are advised that accreditation for the 2015 IPC Powerlifting Asian Open Championships in Almaty, Kazakhstan, is now open at www.Almaty2015.com/media.

The competition, which runs from 26-30 July, is set to be one of the biggest Asian Open Championships ever and is a key qualification stop for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. Over 220 athletes from 30 countries are expected to compete.

APF Nationals Report: James Grandick

2015 APF Nationals meet report. I came into this meet with one goal in mind. Make it threw the meet no matter what! The last meet I finished was last September 2014 at the SPF Hussey Tribute Meet where I totaled 2546 and I partial tore my bicep on my last deadlift attempt. I hurt my knee at the Battle of the Titans in March. I just haven't had the best of luck lately and have been nursing injuries for 9 months.
Because of the ridiculously tight WPC judging, I opened safe with 953 on squat. Good lift!
A small jump to 981 Good Lift, 1003 came up fine but the judges called me on depth.
On to bench 727 opener was a Good Lift for a WPC Masters 2 world record, 760 on a second didn't lock out No Lift. With a little tweak of the shirt here and there 760 was solid on a 3rd for a Good Lift, Another WPC Masters 2 Bench Record.

Mike Strom wins APF Nationals @ 181

Mike Strom cut from his usual 198 weight class to make 181 for this year's APF Nationals in Salt Lake City, UT.

Mike totaled 1962 @181 by way of an 804.5 squat, 606.2 bench and 551 deadlift.
This makes back to back APF Nationals wins, last year at 198 and this year at 181.

Gracie V Totals 1278 @ 144 lbs BW (Multiply)

Gracie competed at Jesse Burdick's SPF Summer Slam June 27th. There she managed to get a 501 lb Squat in, missing a 512 3rd attempt. She got a 303 lb Bench & 473 lb Deadlift to finish up.
She will be competing next at the Olympia Pro Invitational in Sept, Single Ply Deadlift.
In other news, Gracie and her partner Ruslan just opened a 10, 000 square foot training facility in San Diego, CA - California Elite Training Center 7440 Ronson Rd San Diego, CA

9-11 Memorial Bench Press/deadlift Classic Saturday Aug. 1st

Meet will be held at the beautiful Crowne Plaza in Suffern,NY, 30 minutes north of New York City. This meet is held in honor of fallen FDNY firefighter, Thomas J. Foley. He was tragically killed in the line of duty rescuing innocent people from the twin towers. Proceeds raised from the meet go to the Tom Foley Memorial Scholarship fund. Go to Wabdl.org or contact Brian Fahrenfeld at brianprovega@aol.com for meet details.

USAPL Summer Showdown - Friday Video

Here is video from Friday at the USAPL
Summer Showdown at the World Fitness Expo
in Atlanta, GA.

Story on Craig Tokarski

Most people know Craig Tokarski as a powerlifter. He is remembered as "that guy" that's been powerlifting since the late 80's. In 1992, he set the World Record in the benchpress with a bench of 703lbs in the 275lb weight class, and later benched 733 in the 308lb weight class, setting a World Record in the 308lb weight class as well. He's also part of "The top 5" that have benched 700 or more pounds. In 1988 he was part of the first USA powerlifting team to compete in Russia.
Now let me tell you a few things you may not know about Craig. He has continued to train over the years but had a life changing experience in February 2014. On a Tuesday, he deadlifted 575 x 3, he was training for an upcoming meet. Later that night he began experiencing shortness of breath. By the next morning he couldn't walk from one room to the next without gasping for air. Being the stubborn person he is, he shrugged it off when I suggested he go to the doctor. As the day went on, the heavy breathing progressed.

Eric Head Raises The Bar To 424 @ 132!

Eric Head made his way to the APC nationals in Athens, GA at 132 pounds in an attempt to break his own World record bench! He started his day making only a 418 squat but then came away with a monster 424 bench at 132! He duplicated that number on the deadlift and finished with a 1,267 pound total!

Renfroe Benches 507 Raw at 242

Michael Renfroe competed at the APC National Chanpionship in Athens, GA on 6-26-15. He weighed in at 242.5. Michael opened up with an easy 1st attempt of 473 and went to 507 on his 2nd attempt and got it with no problem. On his 3rd attempt he went to 512 and hit the pin that holds the rack in place so the lift was taken. The 507 will rank him at #17 on the Current Rankings in the 242lb Raw Division.

Brandon Maddox Break's Manenkoff's All Time American Record!!

Brandon Maddox competed today as jr in the USAPL and broke the still smoking record of 425 held by Iron Arena's very own Jason Manenkoff! Brandon weighed in at only 160 pounds!

"Set a usapl junior and open record today with 426lbs at 160. Still have to wait for the drug tests to go through to have everything confirmed . First attempt 385 2nd attempt 413lbs and 3rd attempt 426lbs. Had an awesome day. Won my weight class and weight division, won some money, and met some strong people today."

Power WOD Summer Slam Meet "LIVE"

June 27th, Southern Powerlifting Federation
powerlifting meet at Combat Sports Academy in Dublin, CA.

Watch it now at : Power WOD Summer Slam Meet

Kristy Hawkins- On The Hunt!!!

Kristy Hawkins just broke Taylar Stallings Raw squat record with a 457 pound attempt at the SPF
Summer Slam! She also benched 286 and pulled 501 to total 1,256 just 8 lbs under Jill Mill's 1,264 Raw Total record! Will Jill Mill's answer back or will Hawkins be the queen of the 65's!

592 Raw Bench @ 217 lbs - Vadim Kahuta

"Vadim Kahuta with a huge all-time world record press in the WRPF. He appears to suffer an intense muscle cramp after the lift, but was apparently not injured as he took another attempt at 270 kgs and almost locked it out."

Once again Vadim takes the 220 record breaking his previous mark of 586!