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Well, I finally joined the USAPL powerlifting federation… I decided to do it after all!!!!

Well y’all, I actually did it this week. I joined the USAPL. My powerlifting career officially begins. It was $65 for registration fee and if I ever did my first USAPL meet, I would be competing in the Masters Division since I’m an over 40 lifter.

Yeah, doing powerlifting meets is gonna be expensive… the admission fee to compete in USAPL meets could cost around $60 – $100 or more. Powerlifting might be “pricey” yes but hey, like they all say “You can only live once”… which is true. Since you can only live once, I wanna do “great” things in my life and powerlifting is my calling. Powerlifting gives me something to do and makes me feel like an athletic person.

When I start doing USAPL meets like the instagram post says I’m only gonna do like 1 or 2 powerlifting meets a year… maybe 3 if I get lucky. For now, I’m only going to do local and state meets for the USAPL.

Will I ever compete on the bigger national meets like the RAW Nationals like they have every year? Yes, I will absolutely compete on the RAW Nationals someday but I’m not gonna rush on that one and gonna take my time. I’m not gonna compete on the RAW Nationals until I start hitting the bigger weights. When I start hitting over 500 lbs. on the squats, bench and deadlift maybe I’ll start thinking about the RAW Nationals but I don’t want to get too ahead of myself. I also want to compete for the Arnold Festival too someday but I’m not gonna rush on that either.

I’m just gonna start small and build my way up. I’m hoping to be one of the greats in powerlifting someday so I joined the USAPL in hopes of making that dream come true.

So when will be my first USAPL powerlifting meet??? I don’t know. I’m thinking about doing the Northeast Ironbeast in Loudonville, NY in Jan. I’m nursing a left leg injury so I’m hoping it heels all the way before then. I’m sure it will. I’m still trying to recover from the left leg injury completely. I skipped leg day last week and will skip lower body workouts this week too so I can give it more time to heal ’cause I want the injury gone for good. My left leg has gotten better, though. I still feel it a little bit and still feeling a little leg weakness but I’m not gonna go back to lower body workouts until I don’t feel it at all.

Whenever I do heal completely and fully, I’m going to train real hard on deadlift and squats.

Now that I’m a USAPL member, I’m going to have to take some time to read their powerlifting rulebook ’cause it’s important.

Yeah, powerlifting is my new lifestyle and I’m glad to be a part of the community. My numbers for deadlift, squats and bench maybe kind of small right now but give it time, I’ll build them up real soon. Building strength will take some time.

Powerlifting really is a blast. Love it so much, I can see why the sport is getting so popular and exploding nowadays. It’s a blast to show off what you can do and it’s fun to watch other lifters as well. I want to win and kick ass in powerlifting. Win all kinds of trophies and medals, break state and world records. Get ready, y’all. This is only the beginning. So happy that I found a sport that I do.


Did Heather Connor deserve the “good call” on the third attempt Deadlift at USAPL RAW Nationals???

I watched this young woman named Heather Connor compete at the RAW Nationals for the women’s division over last weekend. I was impressed by her third attempt at Deadlift which was 183 kilos which will be about 403 in lbs. Ever since then, there has been a bit of a debate about her third attempt. Did she deserve her 2 white lights and 1 red call on her third attempt?

Even though Heather was really shaky during the third attempt, she was able to lock it out at the top but the judges only gave her two white lights and one red. In my opinion, I thought she deserved 3 white lights for this lift.

In the rules of deadlifting at USAPL, there can’t be any downward movement… if you read some of the comments in that youtube video… they were saying there were some downward movements when the bar went past her knees. I watched the attempt more than enough times and I didn’t see any downward movements at all. The way I’m seeing it is that this girl was trying to straighten the bar since it was imbalance at the bottom. Since she was trying to straighten the bar, it looked like she was bringing the bar down but I didn’t see that. I can understand why some think there were downward movements while she was bringing it up but she was trying to balance the bar which she did a great job at.

I think the only reason that people are mad that they gave this girl a “good call” on her third deadlift attempt ’cause it made them mad that she pulled a HUGE deadlift and it’s gonna make others jealous. I think those saying it was a bad call attacked her out of jealousy and nothing more. They just wished they can pull a 400 lb. deadlift and they’re mad at her ’cause she did it.

I didn’t see any up and down movements… she brought it up pretty smooth, in my opinion. Once again, it looks like that ’cause she was trying to straighten the bar when it went past her knees and she didn’t stop. I thought the judges did the right thing giving her a “good” call.

I thought the lift was pretty impressive and it floored me. Someday I’ll be able to lift a 400 lb. deadlift and I will!


Think I may as well join the USAPL after all… I might do my first USAPL meet in January…

I think next month, I’n definitely gonna become a USAPL member ’cause I’m already planning to do my first USAPL meet after all.

To sign up for the USAPL, it’s gonna cost me $65 since I’m an over 40 lifter, I’m gonna be competing in the Masters division.


There’s a powerlifting event coming up in Jan. in Loudonville called, “The Northeast IronBeast”, I’m planning to do their full meet which will cost me $95.


My numbers in bench, deadlift and squat could be up a little higher but this meet will give me plenty of time to bring them up.

I know I said I wasn’t gonna be ready for USAPL but maybe I should give it a shot? I want to experience my first USAPL meet to see what it’s like. I should give it a go. It be kind of cool to win some extra cash anyways.

Plus, I love the sport of powerlifting. I just like going to them. Not just to compete myself but also to watch other lifters ’cause it’s a blast. I think the Northeast IronBeast would be a good opportunity for my first USAPL meet. It’s going to be pretty pricey, yes but it’ll be worth it.

I have friends that are powerlifters that are going to do this meet and I think I’m gonna do it with them. It’ll be fun.




Will I ever join the USAPL so I can do their local and national meets??? Yes, I plan to do that sometime in the future but not right now…

Since I’ve been getting serious in the sport of powerlifting lately, some of you may ask, will I ever join the USA Powerlifting (aka USAPL) so I can start doing their local and national meets? I have powerlifting friends who are USAPL members and they do USAPL meets all the time. That’s how I got into powerlifting ’cause of them, they were my inspiration of getting into this

I was watching USAPL RAW Nationals live on youtube most of the day yesterday ’cause one of my powerlifting friends from NY was competing in Chicago for the RAW Nationals so I watched him on there. I also watched the RAW Nationals at night so I can watch Jonnie Candito and Russell Orhii compete. Candito and Orhii are two well-known powerlifters with their own youtube channels. I watched both of those guys compete on the live stream on youtube last night. Orhii was kind of disappointing but Jonnie Candito killed it, though.

I like to watch live powerlifting meets online all the time ’cause 1) It’s a blast to watch other lifters compete and 2) I use it a way to educate myself about powerlifting.

Someday I’m gonna sign up for the USAPL so I can start doing their local, state and RAW nationals meets. I think the USAPL would be good for me but I’m not ready for this yet. Why? It’s because I’m going to wait until I start hitting the bigger weights. When I feel that I’m good enough for certain numbers that I want that would be good enough for USAPL, I’ll start thinking about becoming a member.

For right now, my numbers for deadlift is about 290 – 300 lbs, bench is about 155 – 165 lbs, and squat is about 135 – 155 lbs. I feel those numbers aren’t good enough for USAPL, yet. When I start getting over 300 lbs. for deadlift and over 200 lbs. for bench and squat, I’ll start thinking about signing up for USAPL. For now, I’m not ready.

As of this moment, I’ll just stick with the smaller local meets like at Albany Strength and the Wilton YMCA.

My goal and my dream that I want to achieve in powerlifting is that I hope to become one of the greats someday. I do want to become the next Russell Orhii, Ray Williams, Ed Coan and Jonnie Candito someday down the road. I’m just not gonna rush and take my time. Be patience. Don’t want to get too ahead of myself.

Someday, I do want to compete on the bigger meets like the RAW Nationals Prime Time. One of these days, I’ll make it on there. I want to become a great powerlifter someday and there’s nothing wrong with having that goal. I feel that I already am killing it in powerlifting and already off to a great start.

I do love the sport, though and plan to stick with it for a very long time. The RAW Nationals in Chicago is gonna be happening all weekend so I’m gonna be watching a lot of it. Not only do I love to compete in powerlifting myself, it’s also a blast watching other lifters do their thing. Powerlifting is an inspiring sport, love it so much.

Some of you may tell me, “But Kev, you’re getting too old for powerlifting”. Nope. Age is just a number. It’s never too late to get into powerlifting. I mean, yesterday morning, I was watching the RAW Nationals and I’ve been seeing all kinds of middle aged men competing who are from the 50’s – 70’s age ranges or older. Those guys were lifting over 500 lbs., it was unbelievable seeing all that. If they can do it so can I. I’m only 42 now and soon to be 43 in December so I’m still pretty young but I can see myself doing this when I’m 70. If you want to lift heavy weights, age doesn’t matter. I’ll be a powerlifter until the day I die, I think… I don’t think I’ll ever give it up.


When will I start doing USAPL meets in powerlifting? Hopefully soon! I’m going to register with them this year…

So some of you may ask, since I’ve gotten myself into powerlifting when will I start doing the USAPL meets?

USAPL website here: https://www.usapowerlifting.com/

My powerlifting friends that I go to Albany Strength with are USAPL members. I’ve got to sign up with USAPL pretty soon and I will this year. Probably sometime this Spring. It’s $55 for registration so it’s not that bad.

I would like to start doing local USAPL meets around the Capital Region and I would also like to start doing some national meets too. Before I start thinking about doing the big time national meets, I’m going to wait until I get to the bigger numbers like lift the big three lifts around 600 lbs. – 800 lbs. Sometime I would like to do the national meets so I can start breaking records and all that.

For now, I’m going to stick with doing powerlifting meets at Albany Strength and the YMCA for a while. The YMCA Wilton Branch does powerlifting meets every once in a while so I’m gonna do those too.

I’ll start doing USAPL meets pretty soon it’s just that I don’t want to get too ahead of myself and not rush, ya know? Like I said, I’ll stick with Albany Strength for a long while ’cause doing meets there are such a blast.

I really do love powerlifting and I just found a new passion. I hope to stick with the sport for a long time. Some of you may ask me, “But Kev, you’re too old for powerlifting.” I’m not too old at all. Powerlifting is for everyone of all ages. When you go watch a poewrlifting meet, you’ll see lifters who are 50 years old or older. Age is just a number. If you want to do it then do it. It’s never too late for anything!