Name: Matthew Pickard WI Hometown: Hartland
Weight class(es): 93
My powerlifting story: I had taken five years off from any form of fitness. When I finally returned to the gym I needed something to keep me motivated and powerlifting was it. I’m now 45 and even though I’ve had injuries (sustained not from powerlifting), I find that my desire to compete even stronger.
Achievements: I always manage to set a new personal record or improve my Wilks. One of the other great things, is just making new friends who are as passionate as you are.
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- Wt class – 275lb and SHW (275lb+)
- Hometown – DePere, WI
- Career – 1994 to present
- USAPL Men’s Nationals – 98, 99, 2000, 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 07
- USAPL Bench Press Nationals – 2001, 02, 03, 04, 05, 07, 09
- IPF Bench Press Worlds – 2001, 03, 04, 08
- Arnold Bench Press competition – 2007, 2008
- Wisconsin State/Badger/Hudson Open – 1996, 97, 98, 99, 2000, 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06, 07, 08, 09, 11, 12, 13, 14
- State records – 275lb class open bench press and total
- SHW (275lb+) open – bench press
- State masters – SHW squat, bench press, deadlift, and total
- State RAW – squat, bench press, and total
- State masters RAW – squat, bench press, and total
- National records – 275lb open bench press
- National masters record – SHW bench press record in 3 lift
- IPF World records – 3 lift bench press 2003 and 2x in 2004 (661lb) and (677/694lb)
- IPF World record bench only – 2007 at (712lb)
- 275lb class – 815lb squat, 715lb bench press, 667lb deadlift and 2155lb total
- SHW (275+lb) class – 837lb squat, 688lb bench press, 705lb deadlift and 2177lb total
- SHW RAW – 700lb squat, 490lb bench press, 650lb deadlift and 1820lb total
I started powerlifting in 1994 and was immediately hooked. I have done a state level meet of some kind every year since 1996 except 2010 because of injuries. I have been fortunate enough to compete for the USA in World competitions 4 times and plan to add a few more before I’m done as a Master lifter.The experience and friendships I’ve gained along the way have been the greatest draw of this sport.
In Jan 2014 I competed in my 1st ever RAW competition. I absolutely loved it and plan to do it again. I really enjoyed stripping it down and finding out what we can truly lift without the gear. I do love geared lifting as well but the RAW element is fun.
I feel fortunate to have lifted my entire career in Wisconsin. Our state is terrific in the USAPL and the legacy of Wisconsin powerlifting runs very deep. Thanks goes out to all the meet promoters, officials and helpers that make so many state level meets in Wisconsin truly successful and enjoyable.
- Hometown: Milwaukee, WI
- Weight Class: 145/148 and 163/165
- USAPL Elite totals in both 145 (1445 in January of 2014) and 163 (1609 in June of 2014) weight classes
- 2nd place USAPL Open Nationals 2014 in Philadelphia, PA at 163
- 3rd place USAPL Open Nationals 2012 in Orlando, FL at 145
- 2nd place USAPL Teen/Junior Nationals 2005 in Killeen, TX at 132
- 1st place USAPL Teen/Junior Nationals 2004 in Lincoln, NE at 132
- 2nd place USAPL High School Nationals 2003 in Omaha, NE at 132
- 1st place USAPL Teen/Junior Nationals 2003 in Baton Rouge, LA at 132
- 1st place WHSPA High School State Championships 2003 at 132
Best Competition Lifts (163 pound weight class)
- Squat: 606 pounds
- Bench: 452 pounds
- Deadlift: 551 pounds
- Total: 1609 pounds
I was introduced to powerlifting by my cousin, Kyle Ricchio. He was my hero and mentor in this sport, and I did everything I could to follow in his footsteps. I was introduced to the Horlick High School powerlifting head coach, Bruce Sullivan, and from then on, I was hooked on powerlifting. I wanted to learn anything, and everything about it.
The first meet I ever competed in was a local high school meet held at Horlick High School. Weighing in around 120 pounds, I did a 265 squat, 155 bench, and a 325 deadlift, for a 745 total, and qualified for the High School State Championships. I competed consistently from 2001 through 2006, at the state and national level.
From 2007-2010, my attention shifted to finishing my college degree in architecture at UWM, and getting started with my career at Christopher Kidd & Associates, Architects and Engineers. I was able to continue working out, but nothing close to the high intensity, competition level I was used to.
Late in 2010, I got the urge to get back on the platform, and trained for the local Wisconsin State Open held in Milwaukee WI in January of 2011. From that point on, my training has been very consistent, both in equipped and raw. I am currently training with one of the best powerlifting coaches in the country, RG Luckow, and I can’t wait to see what the future holds.
“Champions are made from something they have deep inside them – a desire, a dream, and a vision.”
At age 14 my mother bought me a weight set. Living in the projects of South Chicago, I needed muscles and strength to protect myself and my family. I learned Judo, was captain of Chicago’s South Shore High School Varsity Football Team and was high school citywide wrestling champion.
In 1990 I entered my first bench press competition at the West Allis Racquetball Club. I got my first trophy and was hooked. Weightlifting became my dream, my life, and my hobby.
Soon after, I entered the “King Classic” bodybuilding competition and placed 5th out of 5. I asked the judge how I could improve and he told me “You have the best back but need to work on your legs”. He encouraged me to squat and deadlift to build up my legs.
Powerlifting and bodybuilding go hand in hand. Being a Libra, I balance the scale of both sports staying ready for either platform at all times. I don’t take a lot of supplements or go on extreme diets to prepare for competition. I eat like a bird and train like a beast. I get my protein and balanced diet in after my workout. Balancing both sports demands focus; a desire, a dream, a vision. Continue reading Athlete Profile – Anthony Williams
I got my start in lifting as a 7th grader when my older brother took me to the high school’s summer strength and conditioning program in Superior, WI to help me get faster and stronger for football. My freshmen year our high school got a new head football coach who was also a former powerlifter. I continued to strength train under his direction really getting hooked my freshmen year even though I wasn’t very strong and only weighed 115lbs. He created a club powerlifting team at our high school and I did my very first powerlifting meet my junior year in high school. My senior year in high school I took 2nd at the WI State high school powerlifting meet in the 181lb weight class with a 1200lb total.
I continued to lift in college but much of my focus was playing football for a year and baseball for 3 years at Carleton College. After making the decision to not play baseball my senior year in college I decided to switch my focus back on powerlifting. I did my first meet my senior year at the MN State Meet lifting raw and totaling 1405lb in the 220lb class. I continued to compete and put on weight and won my first national meet at the 2012 Raw Nationals in the 242lb weight class earning a spot on the world team for the 2013 IPF Raw Worlds. With the new weight classes I cut down to 231 and took 10th at worlds. 5 weeks later I had my best meet to date at the 2013 Raw Nationals totaling 1708lbs in the 231 class, taking 2nd place.
Powerlifting has meant a lot for me over the years for many reasons. Initially it started as it does for many people, a way to improve for sports. After college it became a way for me to still compete at a high level without having to be on a college program. Over the years I have met many people and created friendships with other lifters close to home, across the country and even around the world. I have been fortunate enough to have some success in this sport but at the same time it’s very humbling as there’s always someone out there stronger than you and there’s always more weight to put on the bar. I hope to compete and improve for years to come.