Monday, December 08, 2008

The Maryland Powerlifting Report 12/9/08


December 6, 2008- 2008 USAPL Virginia State Pl/BP/DL/Ironman (Stanardsville, VA); RESULTS

Meet Information:

100% RAW Christmas Classic
December 13, 2008
Stanardsville, VA
John Shifflett (Meet Director)


Note; the meet director is accepting late entries for those wishing to lift in the Christmas Classic.

Captain Kirk to the USPF HOF?

Kirk Karwoski has been nominated to be inducted into the USPF Hall of Fame.

The class of 2009 is a crowded field of powerlifting notables that includes; Mary Jeffrey, Vicki Steenrod, Ruthi Shaffer, Anne Levrette, Jill Mills, Ed Coan, Chuck Dunbar, Ausby Alexander, Vince Anello, Gene Bell, Larry Pacifico and Mike Bridges.

Kirk's powerlifting successes include 7 straight National Championships and 6 World Championships. During this span of time, "he increased the World Record in the squat by 100lbs from 903lbs to 1003lbs and increased the Total record from 2204 to 2309lbs." (quote from Critical Bench interview)

On December 9, 2004, after an eight year absence, Kirk totaled 2066 in the AAU world Championship held in Laughlin, NV, wearing only a lifting belt. Marty Gallagher wrote the following account;

On December 9th, 2004 I assisted Kirk Karowski when he totaled 2066 in the three power lifts wearing nothing but a lifting belt. It was a retro-throwback powerlift festival staring Captain Kirk Karwoski in his first public lifting appearance in eight years. Physically he has never looked better: he lifted in the 242-pound class and was shredded and ripped. Through a combination of muscle maturity and low body fat, his arms and legs rippled and roiled with every step. Like a lifting Ulysses, Kirk had been away from powerlifting for nearly a decade and everything changed in the interim. At this competition, the AAU world championship held in Laughlin, Nevada, Kirk went backwards in time and rather than gear up' decided to gear down.' He made eight out of nine lifts and started things off with a squat exhibition. In staggering succession he made 749, 804 and finally an explosive 826-pound effort. He wore a loose tee shirt and a wrestling singlet. Kirk experienced a severe thigh pull on his final squat with 826. On the previous 804 he barely averted a total wipeout. He lost concentration and tension on the descent for a split-second and his lapse caused him to be pushed downward past his normal turnaround point. He caught himself and through sheer willpower and guts pushed 804 to completion. His post-lift analysis was that he had set up' with his feet slightly narrow. This gut-buster lift took a lot out of him and the selection of 826-pounds was conservative. Had the 804 gone the way it should, 840 would have been the realistic 3rd attempt. The 826 actually went a whole lot better than 804. As Chuck Deluxe would say using another of his endless football analogies, Kirk jus needed to get the snot knocked out of him to clear his head.

Karwoski took the 826 down quickly and exploded it upward from 3-inches below parallel to ¾'s erect when his vastus internus on his right thigh tore. He actually heard a noise. He recalled that, I heard it {the thigh muscle} go pop' but I was through the sticking point and I was not going to lose this weight after getting past the hard part. This lift was a thing of beauty; pure athletic poetry in motion, 8-and-a-quarter squatted deep and explosive by a guy weighing 240 and wearing a lifting belt and nothing else. This was as fine a lift as I'd ever witnessed by anyone anywhere. In the bench press Kirk made an explosive 446 opener and a fine 463 second before experiencing his only miss of the entire competition: a 479 3rd attempt bench press. He had trained hurt. I had been nursing a torn rotator cuff for the last ten weeks. It was a work-related injury, nothing to do with training and before injuring it I had bench pressed 500 with a pause without a shirt. Kirk said. I had hoped for a double body weight 480-pound bench press. This was not to be. The deadlift would be touch and go on account of the thigh injury. He decided to dramatically curtail the number of deadlift warm-ups. Julie Scanlon and myself, his handlers, applied ice to the injury but it would be anyone's guess if he would be able to deadlift effectively. He felt confident of being able to pull 705 regardless how bad the leg hurt. The competition was dragging on and on and on and fatigue was becoming a real factor. His opening 705 deadlift felt better than his final warm-up. His second attempt with 749 felt better than 705. The thigh injury would not a factor but fatigue might be his undoing. Kirk took his first squat at 10 am and pulled his final successful deadlift, 771-pounds, at 7pm, a full nine hours later.

IPF News:

Tested Lifters- UPDATE 12/7/08


Blogger Rory Hew said...

Where can I find a book about powerlifting to write my college essay ? I have found only an article by Moody Calaghan and Arny Tibbet.

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