Kirk Karwoski Featured In Performance Press

The March issue of Performance Press carries a feature article about powerlifting legend Kirk Karwoski

Captain Kirk (as he was dubbed by the press) was unbeatable for a decade. The man was a rock star in Europe. His world squat record of 1,003-pounds, set in 1995 in the 275-pound weight class, still stands as the official world record twelve years later.

...Kirk was a natural squatter. He was not a natural bench presser
or deadlifter. He worked the hell out of both and eventually bench
pressed 600-pounds wearing a loose bench shirt. He deadlifted 800x2 and 825x1 without straps. “I started my career chubby and disproportional. Over a ten year period I systematically became leaner and harder. As I got older I eventually was able to overcome my genetic weaknesses.”

...The Karwoski training philosophy could be described as basic and
brutal. Much of it was borrowed from Kirk’s good friend, Ed Coan.

...Kirk would like to step back on the platform sometime in the notso-
distant future. “I would love to do another no-gear competition and see if I could post a squat over 850 without any equipment along with a double bodyweight bench press and an 800-pound deadlift.” Kirk turned 40 in 2006 and seems to be getting stronger with age. “I train a lot smarter than I did when I was young. I think I still got some good lifting left in me.”

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A true legend. I think he can do the lifts he stated. That would be a 2150+ total RAW at 40 years. Awesome, an inspiration.

Throw him in with Brad Gillingham and Beau Moore, then add Nick Minetti and Scott Weech. That would be a heck of a raw meet. Guys could enter the USAPL and try to qualify for the Arnold, or enter NASA and win some cheddar at the Pro Powersports meet next Mar. There's also 100% RAW, but some guys might not wanna give up wraps.

Sure----so how is Kirk going to enter a drug tested meet???

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Sure----so how is Kirk going to enter a drug tested meet???

Probably by filling out the entry form...he did after all lift in the IPF, which is drug tested.

thanks for sharing that Jon. Kirk is one my favorite lifters. i dont know what his plans are these days, he was injured a couple times last year, but i would love to see him compete again when he is healthy. hell,, i really want to hear some more stories! that guy has got some GREAT stories! haha

same way he did when he dominated the ipf u jackass.

This is 10% Luck, 20% Skill, 15% Concentrated Power of Will... 5% Pleasure, 50% Pain, and 100% Reason to Remember the Name!

Anonymous wrote:
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Sure----so how is Kirk going to enter a drug tested meet???

Probably by filling out the entry form...he did after all lift in the IPF, which is drug tested.

Not bad for a multi-time world IPF champion..., huhhh?

I lifted at the same gym and with Kirk advising me. Never once did he tell me otherwise than to take vitamins and extra protein. He did tell, me, when we first met and I was a strapping 165, that he could envision me as a 242 one day. To get there, he said I had to work at it. He was teaching an old dog new tricks ;)

Kirk is 10 years younger than me!

Jim

big_byrd52 wrote:
thanks for sharing that Jon. Kirk is one my favorite lifters. i dont know what his plans are these days, he was injured a couple times last year, but i would love to see him compete again when he is healthy. hell,, i really want to hear some more stories! that guy has got some GREAT stories! haha

same way he did when he dominated the ipf u jackass.

This is 10% Luck, 20% Skill, 15% Concentrated Power of Will... 5% Pleasure, 50% Pain, and 100% Reason to Remember the Name!

Marty wants to one day write a book of what we refer to as Kirk-isms. Kirk is hesitant because of the nature and the reality of the stories. Sometimes, when one comes to mind, I start laughing like a nut. Kirk certainly embodies the true character of a powerlifter. And, he is a great freind to all too.

Hey Sam, he is scheduled to do an exhibiton in Columbia, MD this summer for Lift for a Cure. He did it last year where he squatted 605 for six reps out of gear. Let me know if you want more information on that.

Jim

Definately!! i had a blast talkin to him at the NERB last year. and if im comin all that way, ill lift to they want me too.

I think any true lifter would get a kick out of the stories... but i dont think they would pack as much of a punch without his voice inflictions and intense personality. I love that clip about the squat rack... 5 MINUTES! haha i want that clip from Power Unlimited but cant find it.

thanks Jim, u still got my email?

This is 10% Luck, 20% Skill, 15% Concentrated Power of Will... 5% Pleasure, 50% Pain, and 100% Reason to Remember the Name!

Cool story. Let's also give some credit to coach and scribe Marty. Kirk is one of the (few) Squat Gods.

Friends don't let friends squat high.

kirk is a hell of a squatter.

but, drug free????????
dont be stupid.
just because he doesnt offer any to you doesnt mean he isnt on. that just means he isnt pushing it on you.

and a double bodyweight bench?
i can watch that in a local gym.

Wow, I'm truely amazed by the haters. This is sad.

Capt. Kirk is one of the ALL TIME BEST.

5min. LOL, I saw that video and would buy the book of stories if it were written.

Marcus wrote:
Wow, I'm truely amazed by the haters. This is sad.

everybody knows he is a great squatter.
not haters. just truth.
if someone benches 365@181 nobody cares.
if he attempts 2x bodyweight, we are supposed
to be amazed.

if gear is cheating, is steroids?
who gives a shit what you do raw if you are on.
its amazing that people consider one cheating and the other isnt. lol

1. Formulas exist simply to make smaller guys feel good about themselves compared to bigger guys. It's all about the weight lifted. (There, spoken like a true fat guy, LOL.)

2. A 181 lb. benching 365 has almost no body fat, whereas a 275 lb. benching 550 has at least some. As bwt. increases, so does body fat as a percentage. So, just focus on the amount of weight lifted. If it's a lot, the guy is strong - pretty simple.

3. I agree that it seems illogical to worry about how steroids help one lift a little more, while allowing extreme single-ply gear, which helps one lift a LOT more.

i trained with a guy who hit 365 clean and 530 on.

i guess i'll just go on steroids and increase my bench by 200 lbs then.

absolutely sick,,,hands down he has to be one of the 3 stongest squatters of the last two decades..

eastendbarbell.com

I don't think Kirk ever failed a drug test, though. The argument about whether or not he used is unsupported. The guy lifted for years under strict, drug-tested conditions and managed to outlift tons of guys who were not under the same strict conditions.

I met Kirk in 91 at the USPF Seniors in Dallas, and he was absolutely one of the strongest, most focused guys there....'Course, Coan takes the prize as that was where he did 960-545-901 at 220lbs. Kirk's squat technique, in my opinion, was never really optimal as he used tons of knee bend and not enough hip/back, but he still muscled up huge weights like they were nothing. In the DL, he was completely built along the wrong lines, but always hit big stuff there, too. I've always respected the guy as a PL God!

big_byrd52 wrote:
Definately!! i had a blast talkin to him at the NERB last year. and if im comin all that way, ill lift to they want me too.

I think any true lifter would get a kick out of the stories... but i dont think they would pack as much of a punch without his voice inflictions and intense personality. I love that clip about the squat rack... 5 MINUTES! haha i want that clip from Power Unlimited but cant find it.

thanks Jim, u still got my email?

This is 10% Luck, 20% Skill, 15% Concentrated Power of Will... 5% Pleasure, 50% Pain, and 100% Reason to Remember the Name!

I think I do Sam..., if not, I'll go through your site. If your don't hear from me soon..., jim@midatlanticpowerlifting.com

Sorry for the late repsonse..., I just got back from the ADAU Nat's. Had a great time talking with Marty and seeing some incredibly competitive lifting. It is the first time in a while I think I've seen it that intense and the lifters supporting one another despite the urgency to win. Whew!!!

I love this sport!!!

Jim

MY NAME IS ERIK GOLUB IM 37 YRS OLD I COMPETE IN SPECIAL OYLMPICS POWERLIFTING IN NJ HAVE 14 GOLD MEDALS 4 SILVER 1 BRONZE & HOLD 2 STATE RECORDS IN THE BENCH WITH 300LBS IN THE 275LBS TO UNLIMITED WT CLASS IS KIRK OR MR KARWOSKI STILL COMPETING TODAY

Here I am at 52 yrs. of age and still lifting as strong as I was when I was lifting 25 yrs.ago in Maryland. If it wasn't for Kirk and Mark teaching me the right way to train I would not be winning meets today. Thanks guys, Bruce Z. Tampa Fl.