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Athlete Profile – Robert Crawford

HOMETOWN: Whitefish Bay, WI

Athletic Accolades for 2013 Season:

  • 2nd place, 120+ kgs Master 3 (ages 60-69) at IPF Masters World Bench Press Championships in Prague, CZE with a bench press of 215 kgs/ 474 lbs.
  • 2nd place, 120+ kgs Master 3a (ages 60-64) at USAPL Masters Men’s National Powerlifting Championships. Squat: 245 kgs/ 540 lbs, Bench Press: 217.5 kgs/ 479.5 lbs, and Deadlift: 175 kgs/ 386 lbs. Total: 637.5 kgs/ 1405.4 lbs.
  • 1st place, 120+ kgs Master 3 (ages 60-69) at IPF/ NAPF Pan American Powerlifting Championships. Squat 225 kgs/ 496 lbs, Bench Press: 220 kgs/ 485 lbs, and Deadlift: 195 kgs/ 430 lbs. Total 640 kgs/ 1410.9 lbs. Four Pan American records.
  • 1st place, 120+ kgs Master 3a (ages 60-64) and 9th place Open Men at USAPL National Bench Press Championships. Bench Press: 225 kgs/ 496 lbs. Qualified for fifth IPF Masters World Bench Press Team in 2014 at Northumberland, Great Britain.
  • Lifted on Team U.S.A. November 24, 2013, at the IPF/ NAPF Pan American Bench Press Championships.

For over fifty years, I’ve trained, barely missing a workout and always in shape. As I look back, I’d say my longevity is my greatest accomplishment. I’ve squatted and deadlifted 500 lbs or more for 43 years. I’ve bench pressed 300 lbs or more for 43 years. (I’m changing my deadlift pull from traditional to sumo and not fully adjusted to the change so my deadlift has been low since 2011.)

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Athlete Profile – Kat Kasabuske

kasabuske_bioIn 1997 while lifting at a YMCA in Daytona Beach, Florida, I was approached by two guys who invited me to a powerlifting meet.  “You’re strong.” they said.  “You should come and lift”.  I went, and ended up winning the teenage and open divisions at 17 years of age.  The very next month I tore my ACL (first of several times) and did not compete again until nine years later.  Although only in the sport a brief time, it impacted me in a way that would change my future.

In 2005 I underwent several major abdominal surgeries, and due to a heart problem had lost 25 lbs.  I wanted to get strong again, so I typed “powerlifting meets Seattle” into my search engine and found a link to USAPL in Washington.  The 2006 state meet was coming up and I was determined to compete.  I trained, practiced my lifts, studied the rules and purchased my singlet.  I won the bench-only division in the 52 kilo class.  More importantly, I met several people who proved to be integral in my powerlifting career (Kevin Stewart, Faith Ireland, Paula Houston, Todd Christensen, Bull Stewart and Willie Austin).  I competed regularly in bench-only until late 2007 when I decided to try full-power.  My first equipped total was 777 lbs in the 56 kilo class.

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Athlete Profile – Matt Rodock

rodock_bioAfter 17 years of trying to master the game of golf, I became interested in gaining strength in order to hit the golf ball further. A few months into training the squat, bench, and deadlift, I lost interest in golf and wanted to pursue powerlifting. I found Ford’s Gym in Madison, WI and learned a lot about the sport from Ford Sheridan and Rick Schwalbach. While training at Ford’s and watching videos of USAPL and IPF meets on YouTube I became increasingly enamored with the idea of perfecting the power lifts and putting myself to the test on the platform. A year into lifting I entered the USAPL Badger Open and got to compete alongside the defending World Champion, Dan Williams. I was hooked! Here was someone that weighed within 3 pounds of me, and was totaling nearly 600 more pounds. So I set out to learn how to better use powerlifting gear, and see how good I could get at this fantastic sport.

rodock_bio2And 4 years later, it has been a tremendously rewarding endeavor. I’ve been able to compete at two USAPL National Championships and have gone from totaling 1268@177 to 1730@204. Although I am very pleased with my progress, I am still roughly 200 pounds shy of the National Champion in my weight class and I’m just as intrigued as ever to figure out how far I can go.

Athlete Profile – Lauren Lent

HOMETOWN: Hales Corners WI
SCHOOL: Whitnall HS 10th grade 15 years old

Athletic Accolades for ’12-13 Season:

  • 1st place 114 lb. class in two Wisconsin High School Powerlifting Association (WHSPA) regional contests, winning ‘best overall lifter’ award at each
  • 1st place 114 lb. class at the WHSPA State Championship (USAPL sanctioned) with another ‘best overall lifter’ award
  • 1st place 114 lb. class USAPL HS Nationals in Denver, CO and 2nd place ‘best overall lifter’ award
  • 1st place 125 lb. class USAPL Women’s Open in Orlando, FL 2013 and 1st place best overall lifter award
  • 2nd place 125 lb. IPF 13th Sub-Junior World Championship in Killeen, TX.  Also won a gold medal in the squat, bronze medal in bench and silver medal in deadlift.

lent_bioI started lifting nine months ago, after the Whitnall HS Powerlifting Coach saw me at orientation. RG Luckow knew I loved softball; so to win me over, he sent me a three page email to tell me how powerlifting would improve my fast pitch.  I thought I would try it and see what powerlifting was all about. Like a lot of teenage girls I didn’t want to “get big”.  I am not “big” – I am strong.

At my first meet I didn’t make my weight class (114), I was less than .5 lbs. over so I had to move up to 123 weight class. I won 1st place and best overall lifter (Wilkes calculation). From there I was hooked. I later learned that I had to pay attention to my nutrition!

As a freshman I had to leave the HS softball team due to inclement weather and training for the USAPL Women’s Open in May.  The HS softball coach was in a position where they would be playing 21 games in two weeks. It was the hardest decision I ever made.  But it was the correct decision for me.

My best meet was Women’s Open. I went 8 for 9 with each lift a ‘personal best’.  It secured my spot for the IPF Sub-Junior World Championship. My worst meet was HS Nationals where I went 4 for 9 but I still won 1st!  I still cannot believe that I made it happen. I learned that nerves are just a waste of energy at that meet.

lent_bio2I owe everything to the Whitnall powerlifting family. The head coaches, RG Luckow and Scott Schubert, never gave up on me.  I started lifting with the boys and never looked back.  The powerlifting family ties are so strong that our assistants are all past Whitnall lifters. I work most closely with Dustin Devine and Matt Klein who are my mentors. Both are Whitnall graduates and they take time away from their college studies to come back and help coach.

While preparing for Worlds, my head coach RG Luckow was out of town for work.  He hooked me up with the Kasabuskes, Erik and Kat, who both are world competition level powerlifters in the USAPL.  I have had so many good role models and met so many neat people from powerlifting. I am very blessed.