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Starting and Progressing in Powerlifting:
A Comprehensive Guide to the Worldís Strongest Sport

350 page book by Gary F. Zeolla


My Powerlifting Accomplishments

By Gary F. Zeolla

In my late teens to early 20s (1978-85)
This was at the time when the USPF was the only powerlifting federation. Most significant items in red.

 

In my 40s (2003 - 2009)

 

In my 50s (2015 - Present)

 

Powerlifting USA Magazine's Top 100 Open (all ages) Charts

This magazine was the premier powerlifting magazine, but it ceased its 35 year publication run in 2012. Its ranking lists grouped lifts done with all types of gear together. By year of publication. Best rankings in red.

 

Powerlifting USA's Top 20 Masters (40 or older) Charts
By year of publication; lifts performed in previous year.

 

Powerlifting Watch's Top 50 Ranking Lists

These lists lump 114s, 123s, and 132s together, but I was at 114s for these contests. PW did not have separate lists for master lifters in 2007-09. By 2015, they followed my suggestion and started indicating actual weigh-in bodyweights, so in brackets is where I place when only considering those with weigh-in weights of 114.5 pounds or less. Year of publication is the same as year of performance. These lists are only available by subscription on Powerlifting Watch.

 

Powerlifting Watch's Best of the Best Ranking Lists
These list are for from when Powerlifting Watch began its ranking lists in 2007 to the present.

 

All-time Open Ranking Lists

These lists are for All-time, meaning from the beginning of the sport of powerlifting in the early 1970s to the present. They are are for all-federations and all ages, but I was in my mid-40s for these lifts. The first is for the United States; the other three are for the world. The first is for all types of gear; the other three are for raw with or without wraps. This info is copied directly from the lists as complied by Michael Soong. Many thanks to him for his effort in maintaining these lists. These lists are available by subscription on Powerlifting Watch. The asterisk indicates exact bodyweight not weight class limit used to calculate weight lifted times bodyweight.

114 Pound (52 Kilogram) Menís Weight Division -- Squat [as of July 28, 2007; current list is only for Top 20]
Squat X-Bwt Male American Lifter/ YOB/ Date/ Actual Weight/ Exact Bodyweight/ Location/ Federation
#32. 415.0 (188.2) *3.62X Gary Zeolla/61 9/2/06 (415.0 lb. @ 114.5 lb.) (South Park, Pennsylvania) (APF)
[I was using multi-ply gear for this squat.]

114 Pound (52 Kilogram) Menís Weight Division Ė RAW Squat
Squat X-Bwt RAW Male Lifter/ Nationality/ YOB/ Date/ Actual Weight/ Exact Bodyweight/ Location/ Federation
#16. 330.7 (150.0) *2.90X Gary Zeolla (US/61) 6/7/08 (150.0 kg. @ 114.0 lb., without a squat suit or knee wraps.) (Washington, Pennsylvania) (NASA)

114 Pound (52 Kilogram) Menís Weight Division Ė RAW Total
Total X-Bwt RAW Male Lifter/ Nationality/ YOB/ Date/ Actual Weight/ Exact Bodyweight/ Location/ Federation
#12. 920.4 (417.5) *8.07X Gary Zeolla (US/61) 6/7/08 (150.0+85.0+182.5=417.5 kg. @ 114.0 lb. Lifts done without a squat suit, knee wraps or a bench press shirt.) (Washington, Pennsylvania) (NASA)

123 Pound (56 Kilogram) Menís Weight Division -- RAW Squat
Squat X-Bwt RAW Male Lifter/ Nationality/ YOB/ Date/ Actual Weight/ Exact Bodyweight/ Location/ Federation
#12. 385.0 (174.6) *3.18X Gary Zeolla (US/61) 4/8/06 (385.0 lb. @ 121.0 lb., without a squat suit.) (Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania) (WNPF).

 

All-time Masters Raw Records

These records are for All-time, meaning from the beginning of the sport of powerlifting in the early 1970s to the present. They are are for all-federations. They are for masters, 50-59 year old lifters and are for raw with or without wraps. I was wearing wraps for these lifts. These records lump together 114s and 123s, but I was at 114s for these lifts. This info is copied directly from the record charts as complied by Johnny Vasquez. Many thanks to him for his effort in developing and maintaining these records. These records are available by subscription on Powerlifting Watch.

Masters Raw American Records/ Masters 50-59

Squat: 123 - 325 Gary Zeolla IPA 3/4/17
Deadlift: 123 - 395 Gary Zeolla AAPF 9/9/17
Total: 123 - 895 Gary Zeolla IPA 9/9/17

Masters Raw World Records/ Masters 50-59

Squat: 123 - 325 Gary Zeolla USA IPA 3/4/17
 

I thank the LORD for enabling me to accomplish all of the above despite many adversities.

The above information was first posted on March 1, 2008.
It was last updated September 16, 2017.

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