71-Year-Old Powerlifter Sets 4 New World Records In One Day
While most OAPs spend their days watching Escape to the Country, doing the odd spot of gardening and going on breaks to the coast, Rudy Kadlub is setting world records for powerlifting:
The 71-year-old set four world records at the USPA North American Championships in San Diego back in November.
Kadlub - who weighs 222 pounds - managed to squat 430 pounds, bench pressed 303 pounds, and hit 518 pounds in the deadlift.
This means that in total, he lifted 1,251 pounds which earned him the fourth world record in his weight class, according to the International Powerlifting League.
Taking to Instagram at the time, Kadlub - who is known as being the CEO of Kabuki Strength - wrote: "Good day at USPA Drug-Tested North American Championships in San Diego. 430 Squat, 303 bench, 518 Deadlift, 1251 total.
"All World Records @ 71 years of age, 222lb body weight. Now hold all world records at 198, 220 and 242lb. weight classes. Thanks to my Kabuki Strength coaches."
Replying to his post, one fan wrote: "Congratulations!! Great depth on the squat and great strain on the deadlift!" While another added: "You are my new hero."
A third commented: "Way to go Rudy!! You're an inspiration to us all!"
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According to Fitness Volt, Kadlub didn't start his competitive career until he was 55 and worked hard to establish himself as a powerlifter.
Back in March a 67-year-old grandmother lifted twice her body weight to take home the gold medal in the Canadian National Powerlifting Championships. Well, there's just some more proof that you don't have to be young to get fit and strong.
Sharlene Brunjes lifted an impressive 270lbs off the ground from a standing deadlift - gaining her her first ever national title.
Speaking to The Northern View, she said: "It's never too late to get strong. Anybody can do it. I was not always like this."
Brunjes, from South Aldergrove, British Columbia, was diagnosed with osteopenia - a condition that occurs when the body doesn't make new bone as quickly as it reabsorbs old bone, making bones weaker than normal - eight years ago, but picked up her first barbell just three years ago, when she switched gyms.
The reason, she says, is that she realised she was 'following in my mother's painful footsteps' and wanted to avoid getting osteoporosis, a disease that's a further step on from osteopenia and which causes brittle bones, putting people at a higher risk of breaking them if they fall.
She first started resistance training by picking up a 5-pound dumbbell weight and gradually progressed from there. After seeing the results on her health - let alone the fact she won a title - Brunjes is now encouraging those people over 40 years old to follow her example.
Featured Image Credit: Instagram/rudykadlub
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