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.”