Getting back to real lifting

Posted: April 15, 2014 in Uncategorized

So around 20 years ago (WTH) I started to dabble in the world of power-lifting. For those that don’t know what that is; it’s a sport that tests an individuals strength in three lifts, the bench press, deadlift and squat. During the meets you get three attempts per lift and the highest weight you correctly lift is the one that is recorded. these three number added together give you a total.

At the time I did one meet and it wasn’t a real meet but I won a trophy none the less. It was a competition put on by the Wellness center of Bucks County Community College All three lifts were done however all three attempts didn’t need to be completed in the same day. (back yard BS by todays standards) any way my numbers were as follows

Bench        240

Deadlift    345

Squat        425

Total        1110

Not bad considering I had the highest squat and I opened with 425 no one else came close, and from that moment on I was bitten by the iron bug so to speak.

Over the years I belonged to various gyms and have done various forms of exercise and have gained and lost more weight than I can count.   I’ve encountered many people in my journey and I seem to always find the best.

When I took up martial arts (Kenpo Karate) I found Dennis Nackord and John VanCleve and the rest of the crew at Nackord Karate.  When I finally decided to pull the trigger on lifting again who do I find the first man to Bench 900 and 1000 lbs. Gene Rychlack and the crew at Southside Iron.

Even though I’ve been in and out of weight rooms my whole life there was something intimidating when I first walked into Southside. It might have been the fact that Southide is a garage. It’s Gene’s personal gym that he opens up to people that are serious about lifting and looking to get as strong as they can be.  It’s the type of gym I’ve been looking for for a very long time.

Aside from having the lifting club Gene also is the founder and President of Revolution Powerlifting Syndicate (RPS). My son and I have decided that we would like to compete and with talking to Gene we decide on Christmas Carnage 12/6-7/2014 as our first meet.

So here I am 42 years old with an artificial hip going to compete in a power lifting competition. This first meet I will most likely be doing what they call a push,pull. no squatting because of the hip, however if training goes well I may squat.

That’s all for now stay tuned

Red eye







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