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Summary of Powerlifting Contests, USA Rankings, Records, and Times Bodyweight
by Gary F. Zeolla
Below is a summary of my
contest performances from April 2003 through June 2009.
All weights are in pounds.
See also My Powerlifting Accomplishments
Contests I Entered
|Date||Contest||Class/ Bwt.||Squat||Bench||Deadlift||Ratio - Total||Place|
|4/12/03||IPA Iron House||114s/ 113.5||275, 290, 305||175, 190, 195||325, 340, 350||9/9 - 850||1st, 1sta|
|8/8/03||IPA Worlds||114s/ 113.7||310, 325, 335||185, 200,
||340, 355, 365||8/9 - 900||1st, 1st|
|11/14/03||IPA Nationals||114s/ 113.6||365,
||355, 370, 380||5/9 - 940||1st, 1st|
|7/10/04||IPA Worlds||114s/ 113.5||370, 390, 405||195, 210,
||7/9 - 1025||1st, 1st|
|4/16/05||IPA Iron House||114s/ 113.5||370, 390, 410||200, 215,
||370, 390, 405
||8/10 - 1030||1st, 1st|
|4/8/06||WNPF Western PA Raw division||123s/ 121.0||365, 385,
||365, 385, 400||7/9 - 975||1st, 1stb, Best Raw Lifter|
|9/2/06||APF PA States||114s/ 114.5||375, 400, 415||200, 215,
||7/9 - 1030||1st, Best Lifter|
|9/22/07||IPA PA States||114s/ 114.5||380, 400,
||200, 210, 220||370, 390,
||7/9 - 1010||1st, 1st|
|114s/ 114.0||281, 309, 331||160, 176, 187||342, 375, 402||9/9 - 920||1st, 1st|
|6/13/09||RAWU NE & PA - Raw||114s/ 114-3/8||160, 180,
||340, 370, 390, 400||7/10 - 865||1st, 1st, Best Lifter|
a Open and master (40-44) divisions, respectively.
b Open and master (45-49) divisions, respectively.
For details on the above contests, follow the links or see Contest Reports.
Where I was ranked for the final time on the chart for the August 2008 - July
Top 100 lifters in the
USA for 114s
(Powerlifting USA, October 2009, p. 103)
These lifts are all from my final contest on 6/13/09. They were my worse rankings from the six years that I competed. That was because I was competing unequipped, wearing just a belt, wrist wraps, and knee sleeves. I also had a poor performance on squats and benches at this contest, going 1/3 on squats, and 2/3 on benches. But I went 4/4 on deadlifts, hence my better ranking for that lift.
I guess I should be happy that I at least made the list in all four categories despite the very poor performance and lifting unequipped at that contest. My photo is also on the preceding page. But it is ironic that they included my picture when I had my worst rankings ever.
There is also an “unclassified ad” for two of my books on page 64 of the same issue.
My final placement on the chart for the Top 20 Masters (over
40) lifters in the USA for 114s
(Powerlifting USA, June 2010).
These lifts are all from my only contest in 2009, on June 13. I am not happy with my placements for squats and benches. But that is because I was lifting unequipped, wearing just a belt, wrist wraps, and knee sleeves while the lifters above me are probably competing equipped. I also had a very bad day on squats, getting just my second attempt, and a so-so day on benches, going 2/3. But my #1 placement on DLs reflects that I had a great day, going 4/4, and of course that gear makes little difference on DLs.
If I had the day I had hoped, I probably would have been #2 on squats and #5 on benches. And if I had competed equipped, I might have been #1 in all four categories.
My best placement on the Top 20 Masters
chart was for 2006
(Powerlifting USA, July 2007, pp. 80,81).
I out squatted the #2 lifter by 110 pounds and out-totaled the #2 lifter by over 200 pounds. I was also the only lifter that year out of all eleven weight classes to place #1 in all four categories.
In the same issue, there was also a chart of the “All Time Historical Top 50 American Men’s Squats” (for all ages) for 114s. I placed #36 on that list. But for some reason, that was using my squat from a couple of years before. If they had used the above squat, I would have been #32.
Powerlifting Watch’s Ranking Lists
Powerlifting Watch now has its own ranking lists, with separate lists for raw, single-ply, and mutli-ply lifters. Unfortunately, they are lumping together 114s, 123s, and 132s under the 132 pound class. But despite competing against lifters as much as two weight classes above me, my rankings were not too bad.
For the final raw list for 2009, lifting raw at 114s:
During my years competing, I broke or set a total of 48 powerlifting records, set in five different powerlifting federations.
IPA, 114, Amateur, Open, World Records
IPA, 114, Amateur, Master I (40-44), World Records
IPA, 114, Pro, Open, World Records
IPA, 114, Pro, Master I (40-44), World Records
IPA, 114, Pro, Master II (45-49), World Records
WNPF, 123, Open, PA State Records, Raw Division
WNPF, 123, Master II (45-49), PA State Records, Raw Division
APF, 114, Master II (45-49), American Records
NASA, 114, Unequipped, Open Pure, American Records
NASA, 114, Unequipped, Masters Pure, American Records
RAWU, 114, Raw, Open, American Records
RAWU, 114, Raw, Masters II (45-49), American Records
RAWU, 114, Masters Bench Record
I competed in powerlifting in college (1979-82). Below are my best lifts at that time.
These lifts were done wearing a belt, wrist wraps, and a single-ply poly "super suit" and 2.0 meter "super wraps." That is the only gear that was allowed at that time. Bench shirts were not invented yet.
My best lifts from 2003 to 2009 are as follows:
114s: Multi-ply gear, 2.5 meter wraps:
As can be seen, I equaled or bettered all of my college lifts at 114s. But its not a fair comparison given that the multi-ply gear of today is much more beneficial than the gear I used in college.
By "unequipped" is meant a belt and knee sleeves (not knee wraps) on squats and deadlifts and a belt and wrist wraps on benches, but no squat suit or bench press shirt. It can be seen that I am close to what I did in college.
This was the only contest I entered at 123s during the 2000s. Here, "unequipped," meant a belt, wrist wraps, and 2.0 meter knee wraps.
It needs to be noted, I stopped powerlifting when I was 21 and did not compete again until I was 42, then stopped again when I was 48. I severely regret not having been able to lift and compete through my 20s and 30s. I will always wonder what I might have accomplished if I had been able to do so.
The following Times Bodyweight results are based on my best equipped lifts and my actual weigh-in weights.
The following is based on the Schwartz Formula. This is the type of formula used instead of times bodyweight to calculate "best lifter" awards at contests. The coefficient for one's bodyweight is multiplied by the weight lifted to give the points result.
The following is based on the Schwartz Master's Formula. This is the type of formula used to calculate "master (over 40) best lifter" awards at contests. The above Schwartz points are calculated first and then multiplied by the coefficient for one's age to give the points result.
Summary of Powerlifting Contests, USA Rankings, Records, and Times Bodyweight. Copyright © 2003-2009 by Gary F. Zeolla.
The above charts were first posted on this site November 23, 2003.
This page was last updated November 23, 2011.
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